Jawbone launches shrunken, sub-£100 UP2 fitness tracker

Jawbone has announced the global launch of its latest fitness tracker, the UP2.

Costing £89.99, it follows in the footsteps of the popular Jawbone UP24, and is available for purchase today from online retailers including Amazon, Currys and John Lewis.

While similar in the looks department to the UP24, Jawbone says the UP2 is 45 per cent smaller than its predecessor, featuring an anodised aluminium frame. The UP24 was hardly clunky, so it will be interesting to see how small the UP2 actually is.

Like its older brother, it’s splashproof rather than waterproof, and features a rechargeable battery that needs charging on a weekly basis.

Connecting to your mobile phone via Bluetooth Smart, Jawbones says the UP2 will provide real-time reports, enabling you to stay on top of your activities at all times. Unfortunately, Jawbone hasn’t added a display to the UP2, meaning you’ll have to whip out your smartphone to check your progress.

The wristband monitors both your sleep and activities, while a vibrating motor inside can be programmed to wake you at the optimal point in your natural sleep cycle, or remind you to get up and move when you’ve been inactive for a certain amount of time.

The Jawbone app, which is free to download from Google Play and the Apple App Store, offers challenges and insights designed to help improve your sleep, diet and overall lifestyle.

From our experience, it’s best suited for someone who wants to make small, gradual changes, and is one of the most effective fitness trackers when it comes to making sense of your data.

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“We are excited to launch UP2 globally as the stylish successor to UP24, taking up less space on the wrist while still delivering the same advanced features that our users love,” said Travis Bogard, the vice president of product management and strategy at Jawbone. “At an affordable price, we believe it is a best-in-class wearable appealing to the largest sector of the market.”

Right now, colours are limited to ‘Black Diamond’ and ‘Light Grey Hex’, but more options are likely to be revealed in the near future.