Misfit Shine 2 Fitness Tracker & Sleep Monitor Review

Misfit has been around since 2011, and within the short period of its existence, it has become one of the leading wearable bands. It`s line of sleek, deluxe and inexpensive activity trackers with the most prominent ones include the Misfit Ray and Misfit Shine.

The Shine, in particular, has gained the envy of serious sports as well as health aficionados thanks to its zero cables, elegant design, low-maintenance nature. And with the release of its update, the Misfit Shine 2, things are looking livelier for the Misfit enthusiasts.

Here is our review for the Misfit Shine 2 fitness tracker

​​What Makes Misfit Shine 2 Awesome?

  • Modular: While most of the activity trackers we have reviewed only allow for wrist placement or ankle placement, the Shine 2 allows for more flexibility. Out of the box, the Shine 2 comes with a clip that allows you to wear the device around your wrist. Similarly, the Shine comes with a clip, which allows you to attach the Shine to your shirt, shoe, pocket, tie, or anywhere else if you don`t feel like wearing it on your wrist. This flexibility is essential if you are looking to be discreet, and do not want people to notice you`re tracking your activity. Flexibility aside, there are tons of accessories you can buy, which allow you to wear the Shine as a necklace, or attach it to more elegant bands.
  • Ability to Link with Apple Health: The Apple Health App has of late become the essential app for most of the health enthusiasts. Unfortunately, few platforms can sync with the app. While it`s understandably fine and dandy that many manufacturers want other platforms syncing their data to it, Misfit Shine 2 allows you to export data to Apple Health App. And if you`re the creative types, you can even connect the Shine 2 to IFTT platform, where it can export your stats in more creative ways.
  • Waterproof and Swim Tracking: The Shine 2 is truly a waterproof swimming tracker. Forget about the IP68 or 1 or 3 meters of submersion for a given period; the Shine 2 is 100% waterproof allowing you to go to depths of up to 50 meters. The waterproof nature is just part of the story as the Shine 2 allows you to track everything in the pool from counting all your laps, all strokes, distance swam, underwater flips at the wall and many more. Many users have attested to the impressively accurate stats that the Shine 2 records. Also, the Shine 2 is not affected by pauses in between your swim.
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    Smart Home Control: Another awesome feature of the Shine 2 lies in its ability to control smart home devices. Though its selection is pretty limited at the moment, the Shine 2 allows you to have control over the connected household devices such as lights, music or TV.


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Misfit Shine 2 Fitness Tracker & Sleep Monitor (Carbon Black)
  • Vibration alerts for call and text notifications, movement reminders, and alarms
  • Smart button enabled to control connected household devices
  • Swimproof, anodized aluminum disc with multicolor LED progress and time display
  • Automatically tracks steps, distance, calories, and light and heavy sleep, Non-charging, replaceable battery lasts up to 6 months.
  • Please Note: Kindly refer the Instructional Video from the image section & also the User Manual before use.

Let us look into more unique features that make the Shine 2 worth buying.

Design

The Shine 2 is much like its predecessor the Shine. It`s however, a tad larger in diameter, but contrastingly thinner. At only 8mm thick, this aluminum-made tracker is thinnest and lightest fitness tracker you will ever come across.

The round removable Shine 2 disc, which slips into a rubber band is available in carbon black and rose gold. You cannot appreciate how nice the disc is until you hold and feel the little metal disc-it`s incredibly light.

The edifice of the disc is housed by an anodized aluminum, meaning it can stand up to pretty much abuse you throw at it. Additionally, the aluminum case gives the Shine 2 a pleasingly tactile feel-smooth, yet solid.

The largest drawback of the design is the flimsy peg-and-hole closure, which is also difficult to fasten. Many users have complained of losing or misplacing the tracker due to the rickety band. It seems using the band on the Shine 2 is akin to playing roulette.

Display

The Shine 2 is devoid of any physical buttons. Instead, you interact with the tracker by tapping on its face. The circular face of the tracker features 12 barely visible LED bulbs, which light up to display time and your progress.

Connectivity

The Shine 2 is easy to pair at the very least; it can pair with your iPhone and Android device through Bluetooth using the Misfit App.

Additionally, the Tracker connects wirelessly with another device, thus allowing you to receive notifications such as text messages, emails and even phone calls without needing to get your phone from your pocket.

However, the tracker is compatible with devices running iOS 7 or later with Bluetooth 4 or later

Apps

The Misfit App is one of the major highlights of Shine 2 that separates it from its competitors. The ability to use the Shine 2 as something other than an activity tracker is bonkers.

Downloading the Misfit Link app opens a new world of exciting and endless opportunities for your health and fitness needs.

The Misfit main page, for instance, displays a ring that fills up with your progress of the day as well as an overview of the number of miles you have traveled, calories burned and steps taken.

​Scrolling further down the screen; you come to what Misfit calls "Today`s Story". Today`s Story is a timeline, which displays your period of activity that day. This wonderful timeline is organized by the intensity of your workout, with the light activities showing up first and the strenuous activities last. Aside from displaying the activities, this section also shows how much time you spent doing activities, and what fitness goals you achieved. i.e., calories burned.

Tapping the Plus on the bottom right of the home screen allows you to track your diet as well as your weight.

Tailored for swimming, the Misfit Shine 2 allows you to sync the tracker with your phone, where you can see the total amount for your workout, number of laps you swam, and number of calories burned.

Moreover, the Shine 2 is impressively accurate at delivering results even when you mix and match your swimming styles. The Shine 2 does not have any issues with you doing flips, above water turns, freestyle, backstroke or breaststroke.

An annoying aspect of the swim feature is that it does not allow you to get any feedback while you are swimming. You only access the feedback after you`re done, when you sync to the app and see your total swim time, distance covered, calories burned, and lap count of your swim.

Open water swimming is yet another issue that Misfit is yet to address. The lack of an inbuilt GPS means that you will not be getting any details about the distance you swim.

Finally, the Shine 2 can automatically detect and track your sleep; even when you forget to tell if you`re going to bed, The Shine 2 uncannily identifies what is called "light" and "restful" sleep.

Activity Tracked

Like the original Misfit, the Shine tracks an array of activities including running, cycling, swimming and elliptical.

Additionally, it`s a perfect device or keeping tabs of the steps taken, calories burned, and distance traveled all day.

Additional Features

Unlike its predecessor or most of the fitness trackers within its budget range, the Shine 2 is powerfully advanced and boasts of several high-end technologies such as 3-axis accelerometer and magnetometer, Piezoelectric vibration, and 12 LEDs, and capacitive sensors.

Battery Life

The Misfit Shine 2 runs on coin cell battery (CR2032) and can preserve power for 6 months.

Box Content

Here are the contents you should expect when unboxing the Misfit Shine 2;

  • A newly re-engineered sport band
  • Battery
  • Clasp
  • Quick start guide

Warranty

The Misfit Shine 2 comes with a warranty of 1 year.

​Pros

  • Extended battery life: The non-charging is a huge plus for the Shine 2 as you do not have to take it off for charging regularly. The 6 months' battery life forms a complete departure between Shine 2 and some of its fiercest rivals such as Fitbit or Garmin.
  • Waterproof: The 50-meter water resistance of the Shine 2 means that you can now track your swimming activities comfortably. Similarly, you can do your dishes or take a shower without needing to remove the tracker.
  • Smart device: While the ability to double up as your phone is a standard feature among smartwatches, Shine 2 has set the bar higher by enabling users to connect other smart devices within their home.

​Cons

  • No screen display​: Though it`s fun to watch your progress on LED lights, it`s quite difficult to know all the exact information and will not provide you with in-depth information compared to the screen-oriented trackers.
  • No heart rate monitoring: The lack of heart rate monitoring (HRM) is a huge turn off for the athletes who are serious about monitoring their heart rate performance.

​Bottom line on misfit shine 2

The lack of a heart rate monitoring function is the largest drawback that the Shine 2 has, and this is probably where a model like the Garmin HRM-Swim topples over Shine 2.


However, we love the minimalist and basic design of the Shine 2. Also, the device is fairly accurate, and solidly designed for performance.


You opt for the Misfit Shine 2 if you are looking to get more active, but not want to get overwhelmed by technology.

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