The band has a plug, through which you can charge it, hidden under the silver cap(picture above). The older version of the UP 24, the UP, required the band to be plugged into the phone for synchronizing, however, the new model can sync wirelessly through bluetooth with your phone or i-pad.
Some users would complain that they would’ve preferred to have a little screen for real-time updates(a la Nike Fuel), however, the UP 24’s ability to sync wirelessly now, serves the purpose while keeping the band’s design slick yet simplistic.
With just a single click, the UP 24 switches from monitoring your activity and steps, to monitoring your sleeping habits, calculating -with approximation- the amount of time you slept in total, the amount of sound sleep you had vs. active sleep (I move a lot in my sleep, so it’s very helpful to see how my “light” sleep takes a major toll on my day and energy).As for the power naps feature, you know when you wake up all cranky and exhausted from a nap, which is the complete opposite of why you took one to begin with? Well the UP 24 helps with that! As soon as you set your band on power nap mode (using 2 light clicks, followed by a longer one), the band vibrates repeatedly and slowly after 27-45 minutes, depending on the duration that is best for you individually, to wake you up.
The power naps can also be set from the application, however, I personally find it easier to set everything from the band.
Other than the alerts set above, you can customize your customized alerts which fall under two categories, the idle alert, and the activity alert.
Same issue with the Apple peeps, if you don’t have an Iphone newer than 4s, or an Ipad that is older than 3rd gen, you can’t sync your band with your device.
My only question was WHY? Why not allow the new band to both sync wirelessly, and through the plug(I tried stuffing the plug in my phone hopelessly- no use.)
Onto the brighter sight of the app., users can create accounts which they can sync with the band on various devices, allowing you to get notifications on whichever device is closest to you -first world problems, I know, but efficient. The app also features awesome wellness tips, rich details and breakdown on your sleep habits and activity, calories burnt during rest and being active, and also a food-tracking option, winner! The meal tracking options includes the ability to scan a product’s barcode, look for it in the app., or add it to the data base.
The orange tab on the main app’s page can be selected to view your step count (you can set a daily target/goal to reach), calories burnt both during working out and when resting, and a few other useful information. Users can also manually enter workouts (since, you know.. you can’t calculate swimming laps with the band on..), and even set the stop watch to time the workout.
Limited range of phones and devices it can be synced with.
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