The bracelet design of the UP, and its vibration reminders — it vibrates to wake you at optimal times in your sleep-cycle in the morning or to remind you to get up from your desk when you’ve been sedentary for too long — reminded me of a product I’d hoped for around 5 years ago, only to find someone was actually already producing it. The awfully named “Bluetooth Vibrating Bracelet,” which vibrates to tell you that your phone is ringing. I bought one. It didn’t work. They shipped a replacement. It didn’t work either. I would have assumed user-error at this point, but I was following the instructions to the T. I had a friend try. The shoddy craftsmanship (lots of dangling rubber bits leftover from the injection-molding) and very low price led me to believe this was just a dead end.
The thing is, I hate ringtones. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard or read, “Hell is other people’s ringtones.” The truth is, hell is any ringtone. I’ve had my ringer off for about 6 years. About 60% of the time this is no problem, as I can feel my phone vibrating in my pocket. It seems, though, that 100% of the very important calls I receive, though, fall into the 40% of calls that I don’t detect.
Jawbone as a brand is basically equivalent to bluetooth products. They’re known primarily for making bluetooth headsets. Recently they’ve made a big splash with the Jambox, a portable bluetooth speaker (and speakerphone). The UP might be the first Jawbone product I’ve seen that doesn’t make use of bluetooth. Battery-life might likely have been prohibitive, with such a small device, but it seems to me that adding a vibrating phone call alert feature to the UP would have been a killer feature, something to end all the fitbit-versus-UP discussions.
Perhaps the next version of the UP?