Fitness bands are making hay while the sun shines but the users are perplexed than ever as to which band to buy. To save you from this trouble, Weararena stacks the two most famous and liked fitness bands against each other and helps you make an informed decision. Bringing Jawbone UP 24 and Fitbit Flex vis-à-vis in terms of design, user experience and other features, here is hoping that you will be able to choose the perfect wrist wearable for you.
Jawbone UP24 Vs Fitbit Flex: Design
In terms of design, both trackers are very simple and look neat. The Fitbit Flex is two-piece and its electronic module is just a bit larger than the size of a thumbnail. The electronic module is called Fitbit core and is detachable for charging. The adjustable rubber strap, it comes attached with, is comfortable and long-lasting but looks very plastic-y. Something that you would see on plastic watch, that. When Fitbit Flex is working, it will track your progress for the entire day. Whether you want to count your progress in terms of steps counted, active time, calories burnt or distance covered, the five LEDs on the top of band will keep you updated on the fitness front. To track your progress, you do not need to be connected to smartphone app. It is water-proof to some extent which means that you can take it with you to shower but cannot swim with it.
The straps are available in different colors and you can interchange them as and when you want. The clasp stays secure even during intense workouts.
When it comes to Jawbone vs. Fitbit, the former is well, a one-piece and a bracelet-type wrist wear. And it does not offer as much durability or flexibility as Flex offers to its users. Its box comes with the warning to not to twist the band too much as it tends to broke. The grooves and ridges on the band conceal the electronic module but fails to amp up its glamor quotient. The single-push silver button on the band can be used to activate workout and sleep mode. Like Fitbit, Jawbone UP 24 can work without logging into the smartphone app.
The strap of UP24 is rubber-coated which makes it resistant yet flexible. The straps come in attractive colors and you need to wrap it like a bracelet as it does not have a clasp or pin-hole mechanism. The straps come in three sizes to ensure perfect fit for users with every wrist size. Like Flex, it can survive a shower but cannot withstand water currents.
Which band is more comfortable or looks stylish on the wrist is a highly subjective matter. I may not like the larger UP24 but you may like it. Or you will find the cheap band of Fitbit Flex irritating but I may find it lightweight and easier on the wrist.
Winner: It depends on you really.
Jawbone UP24 Vs Fitbit Flex : App Functionality
When we talk about Fitbit vs. Jawbone Up, the companion apps become a major competitive feature. Since both of these are devoid of any screen, the users rely on apps to view the data on the dashboard. The apps round up the fitness data and sync it up to your smartphone. The Jawbone UP 24 app is more beefy as you can also watch what you ate. Since exercise and diet patterns go hand in hand, Jawbone gets more edge than the Fitbit Flex. You take a picture of what you want to eat and the Jawbone app will search for it for nutritional content and fetch the relevant information from the Internet, You can also scan the bar code of packaged food while with the Fitbit app you need to enter everything manually which becomes very troublesome. The apps of Jawbone and Fitbit can track your sleep and set alarm though, Jawbone’s alarm is far better than the Fitbit Flex. Rather than shaking you off sleep at the pre-set time, it uses light-sleep wake feature to nudge you gently.
You need to set the devices to sleep mode before you go to bed to track your sleep pattern. There has been no verification of the accuracy of the sleeping data recorded by the devices but both of these have been able to track you turning and tossing on the bed. Though, Jawbone UP 24 scores brownie points by telling you if you have not been getting proper sleep and it will give you a gentle pop-up reminder to increase your sleep time a little bit. Also, if you have not been active for a while, the same pop-up will remind you to get moving or stay off junk food. UP 24 app also makes a solid case by letting you dig into the data. The data presented by UP 24 is sorted and easier to understand whereas Flex’s needs some tutoring. For a detailed analysis, you need to enter some details manually, which can be really annoying at some points.
Though, the Flex’s dashboard is neater and provides you minute-by-minute details. Fitbit Flex needs to take help from companion apps to track your calories and monitor your steps. To monitor your steps, Fitbit uses its in-built accelerometer. Two taps will tell your progress and five taps will take it into sleeping mode. Instead of five, Jawbone has two LED lights to indicate active and sleeping mode. You will also have to make use of partner apps here for complete fitness tracking and make the most of it.
Currently Fitbit and Jawbone both offers integration with RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal.
Winner: Jawbone UP24
Jawbone UP24 Vs Fitbit Flex: Battery Performance
Both of the trackers last about a week though Jawbone UP 24 stretches itself for a day or two. Jawbone and Fitbit need proprietor charger to juice up the battery.
Winner: Jawbone UP 24
Jawbone UP24 Vs Fitbit Flex: Fitness Tracking
In the battle of Fitbit versus Jawbone, Flex and Jawbone has different priorities and separate tracking perspectives. While Flex is not so keen about tracking your active minutes and cannot tell the difference between Power Yoga and climbing stairs for the lack of altimeter, Jawbone UP 24 will do it all if you set it to the stopwatch mode. You can also customize UP24 with the specific workout and pre-set it with intensity and training style. Flex can do such tricks too but it needs other apps for it.
More than the workouts and diets, the fitness trackers are used to track your walking and it is something we all do nowadays. While we cannot go to gym or find time for dedicated jogging, we all make sure that we park our cars at least two blocks away to get some movement or take public transports like metros for commuting. And this is where both of the trackers were not found to be accurate even after the calibration. Fitbit Flex as a basic pedometer was on the lower side whereas Jawbone UP 24 measures more but was closer to being accurate.
Winner: Jawbone UP24
Jawbone UP24 Vs Fitbit Flex : Price
Jawbone UP24 price is $129.99 whereas Fitbit Flex price is $99.95. (Given the design and added features and functionality, it does not hurt to pay more for Jawbone.)
Winner: Fitbit Flex
Jawbone UP24 Vs Fitbit Flex: Result
There are no second thoughts about that both Jawbone UP 24 and Fitbit Flex are good fitness trackers and value-for-money. And if you go for either of these, you are choosing to keep an active watch on your health and fitness, which is indeed a good thing but on the basis of all these parameters, you know now that Jawbone UP24 has emerged as a clear winner. While comfort, price point and design can be subjective, the capability of companion apps and fitness tracking of Jawbone UP24 was indeed better than Fitbit Flex.
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