I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to test out and wear both the fitbit and jawbone up. The former via Ryan who received the activity/sleep monitor from his job as part of a get moving challenge. I received the jawbone up about a year ago (so not the most recent version) through a mentor to test for a research study I was developing. Below I will outline the pros and cons of both.
-It comes in several colors and the tracking device can be moved to different bands. Tory Burch even designs for fitbit providing bracelets and necklaces. They’re pretty darn cute, but I don’t know how practical they would be in the gym.
-The app updates via bluetooth so the device doesn’t need to be hooked up to a computer or phone
-The device buzzes when you reach daily step goal
-The device can monitor sleep quality/quantity (although this is on a very basic level and based on movement)
-Still rather bulky for me and apart from Tory Burch options, not that fashionable
-I’m not a fan of the tapping means to switch the device from active monitoring to sleep. For example I was clapping earlier today and it switched into sleep mode. The device is sensitive to the wrong things!
-I feel like it’s not as sensitive as other devices I have used in the past, that said I have not run an official experiment to test this hypothesis
As for the Jawbone, I blogged about this device about a year ago.
Pros (apart from the ones mentioned in the link above):
-I love the button option to switch from sleep to active mode
-Cheaper than the fitbit
-Bluetooth option available but it’s more $$
-Not interchangeable, the color you get is the color you have
But that’s it! I much prefer the jawbone.