The Misfit Shine first gen fitness tracking device is still super popular, even though the company has since released a second iteration in the product line. Its selling point makes it stand apart from the competition – the Misfit Shine is fully waterproof.
The Misfit Shine looks like a disc built entirely out of metal. It can be worn anywhere on your body due to its petite magnetic strip that holds the activity tracker tight and secure, and it’s quite cheap for what it has to offer.
Misfit Shine Review
- It’s 100 percent waterproof
- Can be worn literally anywhere
- Gorgeous design
- Pretty great battery life
- It functions as a watch
- It doesn’t have an altimeter
- Poor sleep monitorization
Misfit Shine Price – $99.99.
Misfit Shine specs – 4-month battery life, a variety of sports tracked, waterproof up to 50 meters, Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
Misfit Shine Design
Misfit Wearables, which is the name of the company, was co-founded by ex Apple CEO John Sculley, and, as you can clearly see, the Shine clearly has some Apple influences in design. More so when you take into account how simple and clean the lines are.
The Misfit Shine’s design stands out as simplistic but provocative. It’s built from aerospace-class aluminium, which makes the device super light weighing about 9 grams – 16 grams when you include the wrist strap.
It’s also petite and compact, perfect to wear on basically any body part – but we do encourage you to stick to your wrist. The company has made sure that the activity tracker can be worn anywhere on the person and it supplies the package with a clasp and a sports band.
You don’t have to worry that you’ve forgotten the Misfit tracker on a piece of clothing that you’ve just thrown into the washing machine as it’s waterproof up to 50 meters.
This has to be the first time I applaud a manufacturer for developing a device that is super forgettable. Due to it being lightweight and all, it simply won’t obstruct your day to day activities and you’ll basically forget that it even exists until you remember that you need to see how much it tracked for the day.
Misfit Shine Features
Yet, you should note that it won’t be that accurate if you pin it on a piece of clothing, instead of the traditional wrist placement. People tend to move their arms more than they move any other limb – regardless of how much you would like to think otherwise.
When the Shine looks like the manufacturer forgot to built it with a proper display, it means that it has entered sleep mode. If you gently double tap its face, it will prompt an LED ring of lights around the sides. They indicate your current goal progress and phase, as well as the time.
On the back of the Misfit Shine you’ll find the 12 logo, which is used to tell the time and also to guide the user to place the tracker correctly, and not upside down.
The Misfit is Android and iOS enabled, and it connects to devices using the incorporated Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
Battery life is downright exquisite as the manufacturer has built it with a standard cell watch battery that has a life-time of at least four months. No need to worry about charging it before going for a swim, or replacing the battery every month or so.
Yet, it isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. It lacks one crucial feature that may prove to be a deal breaker to some. It doesn’t have an altimeter, which counts the number of stairs that an individual climbs.
Misfit Shine App and Tracking
Activity is displayed in colored panels, coded to showcase what type of sport you have been doing and the peaks of your program. From best to worst – energetic, medium and low.
The highlights panel breaks down your activity in a super-easy to understand color-coded block-like chart. Compare your activity for the week with previous ones, as well as analyze your overall week efficiency.
The Misfit tracker is quite accurate and it recognized when I changed activities from swimming to cycling, and from running to walking.
From the app you can set a specific goal, personalized on what you want to achieve in a week, or a month or two from now. Also from the app, you can set it display the progression lights or the clock first.
The Shine app also lets the user in on all the information regarding the amount of calories burnt or the distance that was covered in a whole week or a single day.
However, I found the Shine rather disappointing when it came the time to monitor my sleep. If you don’t tell it that you’re about to go nappy-nap via the Activity Tagging, the fitness tracker won’t monitor and analyze your sleep pattern. You need to triple tap it before you go to bed, but that’s easier said than done. Given that we all live busy lives, you’ll most likely tend to forget to do so – like I did, on more than one occasion.
But if you do remember to do so, the Shine activity tracker can provide details about how many hours of deep sleep you actually managed to get. Yet, accuracy, while incredibly hard to calculate, is really not that precise. Still, it offers some intriguing stats to look over while you sip your coffee in the morning.
Misfit Shine Verdict
Considering that it’s $99.99 – at the moment of writing this review, the tracker is discounted to $66.66 on the official Misfit website; it’s a steal for fitness fanatics that need to reach the next level at all costs. The Shine is superb even if you just want to have fun, and check your stats from time to time.
It’s available for Android and iOS, tablets and smartphones. With a lengthy battery life, and fully waterproof up to 50 meters, a gorgeous simple design with clean lines, and pretty great accuracy, the Misfit Shine is worth looking into if you have the money laying around.