Do we need a $130 fitness tracker? Probably not. There are plenty of comparable fitness gadgets on the market. But it's how easily the Jawbone UP software integrates into your lifestyle that had the Tech and Fitness teams sneaking a few more days of wearing the band even when the challenge was over.
The bright, clean graphics of the app, where we could cheer one another on with comments and emoticons; the monitor of fitness and sleep progress across an interactive timeline; and the intuitive use of the picture-based food journal (which doesn't forget the important stuff: caloric intake) make the Jawbone UP something we'd recommend to friends, especially now that the product's early battery woes and app syncing are in the past.