Review: A Jawbone fitness tracker for a dirt-cheap price

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Years ago I had what I think was the original FitBit. I tracked your steps, told the time, and claimed it could track how many stairs you climbed. It also needed to be changed frequently and was a pain in the ass to sync to the app. It cost $99.

Then it got lost.

The FitBit One was the replacement. It was slicker in design – but I could never get the damn thing to work reliably. It cost $99.

In total, that was $200 I would never see again.

Fast forward to April, 2018. I wanted a cheap clip-on fitness tracker to just count steps. Instead, everything is now on a wrist band – which I didn’t want as I hate wearing anything on my wrists and can’t even wear a watch – and tells the time, tracks heartbeats, tracks sleep, etc.

I didn’t want all that – I just wanted to track steps, but I couldn’t find anything that simple. There also seemed to be only 2 options: buy a well-known brand for $100 and up, or buy a no-name brand with crappy reviews. Clip-ons were almost impossible to find.

I did a lot of looking and, almost hiding on Amazon was this Jawbone clip-on tracker ranging in price from about $9.00 to $15.00, depending on how ugly a color you are willing to tolerate.

I got one. I have been very impressed.

It has a battery that they say does not need replacing for 6 months – so no hassle charging it all the time. It syncs with the iPhone app pretty flawlessly. It has a whole bunch of features I don’t use – like sleep tracking – that don’t get in the way if you don’t want to use them, though if I do choose to use them someday they seem well-designed.

I believe these are discontinued models. While I think it’s a great design, it probably just couldn’t be found among all the other models – or maybe clips are so like 10 minutes ago.

My primary worry is that the device will outlast that app. If it is really a discontinued model, will they keep the app updated? Balance that question with: is it worth the risk at $9 bucks?

You make that decision for yourself.

Please note: I bought and paid for this thing myself. Nobody asked me to write this. I don’t get any money for this. Buy it – don’t buy it – no skin off my nose.

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4 thoughts on “Review: A Jawbone fitness tracker for a dirt-cheap price

  1. Doubtful, because Jawbone is basically circling the drain. They bought bodymedia, so I lost my favorite wearable when they stopped updating, then I got a Jawbone UP3, whose band kept breaking but I loved it until they stopped answering their phones and basically dropped off the face of the earth, so then there was nothing left for me but a Fitbit. I’ve got an Alta and a pretty watchband and I’m happy with it ~6 months in. I like that it’s a watch too because it bugged me not having a watch.

    Different folks want different things. I just wish the field was a bit wider to choose from, but all the ones with devices I see as “best” keep going out of business.

    • You’re right. This gizmo must have gone for at least $80-100 – if they sold any. It cost more than $14 to *build it*. My reasoning is: if I spend $14 and get 6 months out of it – and actually USE IT, it justifies a more expensive one. My experience with Fitbit is: spend $100, get a year or less. Get into a relationship with a fitness tracker and it’ll break your heart, I tell ya. You got to play the field with fitness trackers – they’re all alike.

  2. Welcome back! I made your chili recipe yesterday (we STILL have snow here). It was perfect! Also my husband’s NP at his heart dr’s office lost a lot of weight ~ we had not seen her in about a year ~ I’d say maybe 150-200 lbs? And guess how she did it ~ full-on Keto. She looks so good and her face is smooth and beautiful. Very impressive.

    • Thanks, ME! Glad you enjoyed the chili. I’ve been eating it all week myself. I don’t think they’ll be leftovers. After 15 years I am still learning about keto, and although it’s not easy – and you *can* mess yourself up if you do it wrong, it can produce impressive results if you do it right. I’m trying to ‘do it right’ this time’ – and if I don’t mess up, I’ll probably be writing about it more in the future.

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