When comparing Fitbit Charge HR vs Jawbone UP4, the Slant community recommends Fitbit Charge HR for most people. In the question“What are the best fitness trackers with heart rate monitoring?” Fitbit Charge HR is ranked 2nd while Jawbone UP4 is ranked 6th. 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 Advanced metrics tracking system
UP4 uses Bioimpedance sensors that track respiration, perspiration, hydration, skin temperature, heat flux, BMI, and can even sense which activity is being done. For instance, UP4 can identify sports like tennis and log the information automatically.
Pro Integrates with an impressive list of third-party apps
Jawbone app allows data from third-party apps to be imported as well as Jawbone's data to be used to supplement other apps. When activity is logged in a third-party app it will show up in Jawbone app's feed to give a complete overview of fitness and health situation. Some of the integrations include Runtastic, MapMyFitness, Strava, Nest, Kiqplan, Wello, and others.
Pro Allows setting goals, alerts and reminders in order to motivate
There are multiple ways the app tries to motivate. First it asks to set goals and if you are struggling in achieving them, you can set the tracker to remind or alert you via notifications of your connected device or vibrating the wristband itself.
Pro Has a social component
You can add friends or just random people and see their activity in your app's activity feed. You can also cheer them on and comment on progress.
Pro Integrates with Jawbone's free app for logging food & drink
Foods eaten can be added manually from a comprehensive list and detailed statistics about them can be seen. Foods can also be added by pointing smartphone's camera to a bar-code.
Pro Can be used to log workout
To automatically track a timed activity, you can set the wristband in Stopwatch mode by pressing + long-pressing the button. You can also enter the activity manually from the app by supplying information on the activity type, effort level, start time and duration.
Pro Accurate step counter
UP3 has a very low margin of error when counting steps. For example, it won't count arm movements towards total step count as many other fitness trackers tend to do. As such it will be able to provide more accurate data on calories burned, time active and distance traveled.
Pro 7-day battery life
Running 24 hours a day, UP3 will last a week off of one charge.
Pro Offers personalized goals
A feature called "Today I Will" suggests personalized goals throughout the day.
Pro Has OLED indicators for notifications & status
Blue light indicates sleep mode, the orange light indicates activity, and white indicates that there is a notification.
Pro Integrates with IFTTT
IFTTT (IF This Then That) is an automation app. By integrating it with UP3 you can get functionality like turning lights on in your room when you wake up, creating a chart of all your data and uploading to Google Drive, log a meal when you check in at a restaurant on Foursquare, etc. You can see a list of over a 1000 public recipes here.
Pro One size fits all
UP4 comes with an adjustable strap so everyone can wear the same bracelet.
Pro Power nap mode
2 presses + long-press on the wristband will enter power nap mode. Power nap setting, such as how long should you be asleep and your maximum time spent sleeping and awake, can be adjusted from within the application.
Pro Real-time Bluetooth 4.0 syncing
Bluetooth syncing removes the hassle of having to take the device off of the wrist and putting it back on again multiple times throughout the day. It also allows the device to send notifications to the phone. Bluetooth 4.0 is a great benefit to UP4 users because it doesn't use as much energy as previous versions, which will boost battery life.
Pro Can be set up to e-mail a weekly summary
Jawbone allows for users to set up a weekly email that will send a summary of their activities making fro an easy way to see what one has done in the last week.
Pro Can be used for reminders
Reminders can be set up in the up app that will make the wristband vibrate at a set point in time and a notification pop up on your smartphone.
Pro Advanced sleep tracking
UP4 is capable of detecting light, deep & REM sleep. Correlation between activity and sleep are also recorded so Smart Coach can make personalized sleep recommendations in the future.
UP4 can automatically detect when you go to sleep based on lowered heart rate and lack of movement or sleep mode can be set up manually. While the automatic sleep tracking is in most cases sufficiently accurate and will get more accurate over time, start and end of sleep can be also adjusted after the fact if the tracker doesn't get it right.
Pro American Express NFC payment integration
Users can make payments with a connected American Express cards easily through using their UP4. This works at certain retailers, but not all.
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 No display
Instead, UP4 has LED indicators.
Con Can't track elevation
There is no elevation sensor in the device, so there will be no way to know the height walked or ran when wearing it.