Back in 2012 when Misfit came out with the Shine fitness tracker it seemed, the market was already witness frequent updates and sequels of existing products. Misfit on the other side, kept the Shine for so long that no one believed, there will be an upgrade to the original version.
There is not much that needs to be improved in the original version, but still the Misfit Shine 2 is revealed to fill the gaps towards perfection that the Shine fell short on. Along with its predecessor’s accurate step & sleep tracking, this fitness tracker is also provided with notifications for smartphone apps and better fitting strap are some other improvements.
With all these improvements, is Misfit Shine 2 is worth your money? Let’s take a look.
The Good and The Bad of Misfit Shine 2
Better strap with Action Clip
Well designed and clean app
Waterproof to 50 ATM
Replaceable battery with six months life
Improved Bluetooth syncing
Automatic sleep tracking
Misfit Link feature to connect to other household devices
Features of Misfit Shine 2
You can’t tell the different between the Misfit Shine 2 and the original fitness tracker, but with a closer look you will find the difference in design. This device is marginally thinner than the original Shine and you will find its style more unisex. The real difference will be noticed by users when they will tap this device. Misfit has embedded the Shine 2 with more versatile colored LEDs. The pattern of these lights is different based on the type of notification-text, call or a simple ‘get up and move’ alert.
A major improvement in the Misfit Shine 2 is the wrist band. A special Action Clip is designed to help the band more securely lock the device in place. The design of the band in the Misfit Shine 2 is revised, as of writing this review, earlier the Shine 2 was popping out the band all the time. Many customers reported this flaw and Misfit revised the band design with the Action Clip, a thin plastic strip that securely attaches to the Misfit Shine 2 and threads it securely to the band.
If you are reading this review and is frustrated over the poor band holding of the Misfit Shine 2 you got, contact Misfit customer service and we are sure you will get the new band. We are glad that Misfit updated the Shine 2’s band. Now it sits on the wrist more securely and tracker is in better contact with the wrist.
To make tracking more discreet, the Misfit Shine 2 comes with a new clasp that you can use to attach this device to a belt, shirt or shoe. You will find more metrics to track in the Misfit app once you in clasp mode. In our review, we found changing the place of tracker from wrist gives a lot better data reading. For instance, we put the tracker on the shoe while running it worked a lot better at tracking. If you want, you can wear this fitness tracker to the pool as it is waterproof to 50 ATM. It won’t track heart rate when you are swimming, but the distance covered and calories burnt.
The Shine was known in the fitness tracker market as one of the devices with fail safe tracking sensors when it comes to tracking exercise, distance or step. The Misfit Shine 2 continues the trend and its tracking is incredible. We took this fitness tracker for a run to test its distance measuring feature first hand. Its freakishly amazing how accurate this device is in tracking distance. We measured our run using a GPS and it showed 2.56 miles while the Shine 2 logged it at 2.5 miles, incredible we know. So if you are not a serious runner looking for an alternative to a running watch, this fitness tracker is a huge recommendation.
You can also use the sports mode available in the Misfit Shine 2 to get more specialized metric when you are running, swimming, cycling or playing basketball, tennis or soccer. The inclusion of the sports mode really expands the utility of the Shine 2. This feature is already available in most fitness tackers but Misfit is bringing this feature to low-segment devices with this tracker.
Automatic sleep tracker in the Misfit Shine 2 will keep a tap on your dozing hours all the time. In our review, we found the sleep tracker is decent and provides accurate data on light and deep sleep in an easy to read graph. We compared the sleep tracking insight of this device with Fitbit and Jawbone devices, Misfit app still works a lot better. Only on a few occasions, the resting hours were registered in the sleeping graph.
Speaking of heart rate monitoring you can have a better look at your resting heart rate and monitor your ticker during day-to-day activities, but if you are expecting heart monitoring during intensive workouts then you will be disappointed. Also the HR activity metrics is nowhere as detailed as Jawbone or Fitbit apps.
The ability to track body movement at multiple locations is a feature that makes the Misfit Shine 2 a better suited fitness tracker for people who are not as benefited from the activity when the tracker is on their wrist as they are when it is clipped to their shoe or shirt. When using the tracker at any other position, you can adjust the setting from the app.
Like the original Shine, this device also uses a circle of LEDs as an indicator to let you know how far you have reached in achieving your daily goals. With a tap on the screen to know your progress and lights on the tracker’s surface will indicate your progress. There are 12 LED bulbs that tell your activity level and change color according to what percentage of your daily points goal you have scored.
The Misfit Move feature can be set for the Shine 2 that alerts you when it’s time to move. This functionality nudges you if you are sitting for too long. From the Mistfit app you can set the time for notification between 20 minutes to every 2 hours. You can also set the days on which the Shine 2 should nudge you to move.
On the software front, the major upgrade is support for notifications from your phone. Now the Misfit Shine 2 can notify you whenever you receive a text or a call, while tracking your health all day. It is a nice addition to make to this device. The notifications are displayed by the top half LEDs that turn green or blue depending on whether you received a phone call or a text. We were disappointed, however, to see that there is no support for any third party social messaging app like Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger. It is obvious that SMS is a dying tech and people are using social messaging apps for sending texts. Therefore, Misfit needs to upgrade the software to support notifications from these applications. There is no manual available to tell you what type of notification the Shine 2 is alerting you about, but on use you will understand it quickly by little bit of process of elimination.
You also get vibrating alarm in the Misfit Shine 2. You can set the time for the alarm from the app and the device will wake you up with a gentle buzz, it’s very useful when you don’t want to wake up your partner to the sound of blaring alarm. For heavy sleepers this device won’t do a lot good as the vibrations are not strong enough to wake you up when you are in deep sleep.
The Misfit App is where all the data is fed from the device. The app is compatible to both Android and iOS platforms, unless you have a windows phone you don’t have to worry about the compatibility issues with this fitness tracker. The app represents all the activity tracking data in form of insightful graphs and detailed information.
On the home screen of the app is where all the information related to your daily activity like steps taken, amount of sleep, distance moves and calories burnt is represented. Your daily goal achievement is represented in either a linear graph or circular view based on how many points you have gained through the day. In the “Today’s Story” section you will find the detailed information about all the activities. There’s also an option to track your progress on a weekly or monthly overview. We find this information more useful over daily tracking data. Long term data provide you better insight into your lifestyle, fault zones and how active you are during the days. It also helps to track patterns when you are most inactive.
Social tab in the app is where you can connect with family and friends and share your progress with them and vice versa. You can also track other’s weekly and monthly progress from the app. However we found that Misfit community is not as big as Fitbit and we were not able to find many friends through the app.
In the Device section of the app you can enable or disable an array of features including Misfit Move, smart notifications, clock, weather and more. There is also an option to connect to other smart devices and IoT applications which is particularly an important step for Misfit to progress towards futuristic devices.
To connect your Misfit Shine 2 to other applications you will need the Misfit Link app. The app is compatible to both Android and iOS and uses IFTTT to connect to household gadgets. Using this feature you can connect to any number of third party applications like Google Drive, smart light bulb, Withings Body Scale or Twitter. Furthermore, using the Link app you can also connect your Shine 2 to your smart phone to control its music player or take a quick selfie by controlling the front facing camera. This feature makes the Misfit Shine 2 a lot unique.
When we think of battery life of fitness trackers we think 5-day battery life of Fitbit devices or a week’s charge on Jawbone fitness trackers or at most the 25-day battery life of Withings Steel HR. However, the Misfit Shine 2 breaks the norm with its six months battery life. Well, this device does not use the industry standard ion-lithium batteries, but two replaceable button cells. It is hard to establish whether the fitness tracker can last for half a year or not, but in our test after 3 weeks of continuous use the battery level is still full.
Reasons to choose Misfit Shine 2
The Misfit Shine 2 is a major improvement over the original version with notification support. Although we were impressed with the original Misfit Shine there was a fatal flaw in the strap design that made sure you will lose your device at some point in time. But now with improved strap design backed with the Action Clip, you get no reason not to consider the Shine 2 as your fitness goal companion.
Six months battery life, notification support, improved style and loads of advanced features are reasons enough to invest your money in the Shine 2.
Note: If you are reading some old reviews that indicate the strap design as a major flaw not to consider the Shine 2, then you need to know, Misfit has improvised the strap design.
The Misfit Shine 2 is a better hardware from Misfit that comes with notification and Misfit Link feature. The fatal flaw in the strap design is fixed with the new Action Clip. Misfit app is one of the best designs in fitness trackers you will find with loads of features and social option. Whether you are a swimmer or a runner, as long as you are not looking for serious fitness gadget, this small and attractive tracker will help you achieve all your fitness goals.