Update: CES 2015 has come and gone and no words of wisdom on what is the reason for the delay. Limited production? Hardware issues? Software issues? The world isn’t waiting.

I wold love to talk about the importance of being earnest with a product release and delivery, but there is just not enough time in the day. Maybe later. For now, I want to know, who has received a Jawbone UP3? I have seen a few reviews and I want to take it for a spin myself and put it through the wringer, but alas shipping times went from 2-3 weeks to 6-7 weeks prior to the promised end-of-year ship date. If you visit the online store now, it sits at a whopping 10-11 weeks.


That is just insane. By now, this post is not just a personal observation, but a friendly reminder to those that ordered. The proverbial check is ‘almost’ in the mail.

So, what is all the fuss about? Back in day, and by that I mean 05 November 2014, Jawbone proudly released their next big thing; the Jawbone UP3.

“A patented multi-sensor platform that collects and analyzes a wide range of biometric signals, delivering actionable insights specific to you”

Yes, the Internets were all aflutter about this new gadget that we did not know we needed, but desired nonetheless. In fact, even I jumped on the bandwagon briefly discussing the Microsoft Band and the Jawbone UP3 (see my post on ‘Fitness, Tech, and First World Problems here). That reminds me, maybe I should look at the band.

My personal experience with the Jawbone family has been mixed. I think I started with the Jawbone Era earpiece and then went to the Jambox Mini, which is still a great piece of mobile sound tech. Lastly, and the most frustrating, is the original Jawbone UP. I am pretty active and I like my gadgets to be durable, flexible, water resistant (just like they say on the package and not just a great idea to put on the packaging from some eager intern who’s only activity that involves sweat is walking up the steps of their local Starbucks). No offense to Starbucks, I like popping in every so often for a tea and free wi-fi.

But I digress. Yes, I went through the original and two replacement Jawbone UPs within a year. Not to say I abused them, but it has to be able to hold up to 20-40 miles of running, Crossfit, and a few strength training activities a week. Not to mention enduring actual sweat. Other smaller complaints would be:

  • Losing the cap is like looking for a baby aspirin in a blizzard
  • It kind of pokes out when wearing it with some long-sleeved shirts
  • The button is as durable as marshmallow hammer.

Okay, a bit of exaggeration on the last one, but I am pressing the button a minimum of three on/off cycles a day. Once for my workout, once for running, once for sleeping. With all that said, most of the people I work with have started looking into similar fashionable wearables. So I guess I am a walking billboard on some level. Same thing happen with FiveFingers until they stopped making my size. Sigh.

So, should I pull the trigger or would it even matter at this point? I like being the first on the block, heck in the city to have the latest and greatest, but since I didn’t pull the trigger back in November, half the state will have it before me. Not only that, I am not sure I want to drop $180 on the first gen device.

The good news is that it looks like the button is gone and that it is real-world sweat resistant. That gives me hope.

What are you thoughts? Did you order one? Do you happen to know the right people and have one in your possession?

Reveal all in the comment section below.

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  • StBow

    Hello, what is your thoughts about UP3? Would you rather get Microsoft Band or UP3?

    • Great question. I am going out on a limb here when I say that I would still prefer the UP3 to the Microsoft Band. This is all based on my familiarity of the UP product and its ecosystem. I cannot say that one is better than the other since I have yet to test the Microsoft Band (here’s hoping someone up at MSFT is listening and wants to send me a test unit).

      It really comes down to personal preference. I am a Jawbone UP fanboy so I am secretly rooting for Jawbone to right their ship and get units out the door ASAP. Granted, I did not place an order back in November and do not have plans to do so until I actually see what is going on. There’s nothing like dropping $180 in coin on tech that might be not 100% ready.

      A side note, we are almost delving into Apple Watch territory; the release is due sometime this year. Couple that with some of the competitors that have released updates in the last few months or during CES and you have quite the treasure trove of options to choose from.

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  • Quincy

    Um, the Jawbone 3 has been out for a bit, any updates or have you moved on? Thx

    • Klark


      Great question. I enjoy the Jawbone UP, but I had a horrible time with its durability. I think I went through 3 or 4 replacements. I ended up with a Jawbone UP24 as a final replacement in December 2014 and it has lasted so far. I still feel the button getting mushy and there is some separation through the main body, but at least it stills works. I’m not sure if I want to go with a Jawbone UP2/3/4. Maybe, just maybe, I will go to Garmin since my Forerunner 910 is getting long in the tooth and the 920 adds activity tracking. There is an UP app that works with non-Jawbone activity trackers.

      I am just happy that we all have plenty of options. Garmin Vivo series, Fitbit, Jawbone, Apple, Samsung Gear, Withings Activité, etc.

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