When comparing Fitbit Charge HR vs Jawbone UP2, the Slant community recommends Fitbit Charge HR for most people. In the question“What are the best fitness trackers?” Fitbit Charge HR is ranked 3rd while Jawbone UP2 is ranked 30th. The most important reason people chose Fitbit Charge HR is:
Throughout the day (and night), the Charge HR fitness tracker continuously measures your heart rate. On the app, graphs show your heart rate throughout the day, providing stats such as time spent in the different zones (peak, cardio, and fat burn) as well as your average resting heart rate for that day.
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Pro Continuously measures your heart rate and intensity level to give you 24 hour stats
Throughout the day (and night), the Charge HR fitness tracker continuously measures your heart rate.
On the app, graphs show your heart rate throughout the day, providing stats such as time spent in the different zones (peak, cardio, and fat burn) as well as your average resting heart rate for that day.
Pro Can track your elevation so you know how high you've hiked
When connected to the GPS on your phone, the Charge HR is able to keep track of elevation. This is a great feature for hikers who often like to know how much elevation was gained over the course of the hike.
Pro The app and web platform do an excellent job of keeping you motivated
The Fitbit app lets you set goals and milestones which reward you with badges and trophies when reached.
You can also challenge friends and family, competing against them for top spot on the leader board.
Pro Compatible with nearly every smartphone
In addition to Android and iPhone support, the Charge HR fitness tracker also supports Windows Phone which is fairly rare.
While not an issue most of the time, when upgrading your phone you won't have to worry if your fitness tracker will work with it or not.
Pro Attractive tracker that looks more like a bracelet
The UP2 has a sleek design and thin profile that looks more like a bracelet than a tracker. The attractive design means it won't look out of place at a variety of different occasions.
Con Band is poorly made and tends to fall apart
Usually after a few months of wear, people start having issues with the band falling apart. Bubbles will appear under the top layer of the band and then the layers start separating.
The Fitbit Charge HR does not have a replaceable band, so you have to replace the whole device if it is no longer wearable.
Con Notifications are easily missed
While the Charge HR fitness tracker will vibrate to notify you of incoming messages on your phone, the vibration is subtle and short. Sometimes you won't notice the buzz and you'll miss the notification.
Con Stats aren't always accurate
While good enough for most users, the data can be skewed because of physical limits of the fitness tracker. For example, an elevated pulse may just be because you chugged back a coffee, but the Charge HR may interpret this as physical activity. Also, measuring a pulse and steps from the wrist can only be so accurate.
Con There is no customer-service to help you if the UP2 has problems
The Jawbone UP2 frequently has quality issues and with Jawbone not having customer service, your only option is to return it to the place your purchased it from.
In September 2016, Jawbone was forced to end their deal with the customer-service agency due to non-payment. You can read more here.
Con Poor build quality causes it to break easily and quickly look worn
It can appear quite grubby looking after only a few weeks of wear and is extremely difficult to clean. The band has been known to break after short periods of time, and the device has a history of not working after only a month or two.
Jawbone will not honor the warranty if you purchased the device through Amazon.
Con Requires a smart phone to see your stats
Since the UP2 has no display screen, you have to use the smartphone app in order to see any of your activity stats.