MisFit Shine

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If we tell you that the MisFit Shine is made by a company called MisFit Wearables, you might be intrigued because it’s an original name and fairly unique, but you don’t really know what their product is. If we go a step further and tell you that this company was co-founded by former Apple CEO John Scully, you might reach the conclusion that this is a very tech-focused product but it’s going to be simple and clean in its design, much like most Apple products. And probably what you’ll picture is the stylish, almost alien-looking MisFit Shine lifestyle watch.

This equipment is more than a watch though. It’s a pedometer, calorie counter, can track swimming or cycling, and will even measure your sleep. And yes, it will tell you the time within 5 minutes, give or take. The versatility is more than just technology though. Where many lifestyle trackers are a wristband you wear like a watch, the MisFit Shine can be worn in the traditional way or you can clip it to your clothes with a magnet accessory and you can wear it as a pendant on a necklace. The silicone wristband that comes in the box can also be swapped out for a fashionable leather wristband that you can wear while undercover keeping track of your fitness.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Wireless with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Hi-tech watch with only LEDs to indicate the time
  • Watch battery powers for approximately 4 months
  • Waterproof – can even swim with it on
  • Variety of accessories to clip or wear on your body
  • Daily graph of activities in iOS app
Cons
  • Only available for iOS phones and tablets
  • Device needs to stay near phone for tracking
Activities
Activities

Activities

The MisFit Shine is very stealthy and can accompany you on any activity. In fact, that’s what you want when you are tracking each step. When using the step tracker, keep the Shine attached either at your wrist or clipped to your clothing with the magnet attachment and set out on your daily activities. You can wear it for walks, runs, errands or even out dancing. Switch the activity on the app and you can monitor your swimming and cycling as well. If you want the full scope of your daily activity, flip the MisFit Shine into sleep mode and you can track your sleep cycle as well. Not bad for a tracking system that, at a glance, looks like a quarter.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

This lifestyle tracker is a simple watch, pedometer, and sleep tracker. It can be programmed to track your swimming and cycling activity as well. The MisFit Shine is waterproof and can be worn in water activities as well as on land. It connects to an iOS device wirelessly with a watch battery that lasts up to 4 months. The tracker itself can fit into a variety of accessories for ease of use and for stylish compliments to your wardrobe. The appearance of the tracker is one of finely milled jewelry and it does appear to be a simple watch with only LED lights on the face.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

The MisFit Shine is made from aerospace grade aluminum. The face is a smooth surface with a circle of 12 LED lights. That’s it, no numbers or measurements. Very little data is given on the face of this tracker. On the outside ridge of the circular device is a distinct groove that runs around the middle for fitting into the accessory of your choice. The Shine actually comes with a watch band and a magnetic clip so you can affix it to your clothes wherever you find it most comfortable.

The iOS app that you download is what connects the MisFit Shine to your iPhone or iPad. Simply place the tracker directly on the face of the device and the capacitive metal contact with the glass display will trigger syncing. This Bluetooth connection is fairly limited so you are advised to keep your device close to the tracker. The iOS app you download will allow you to view daily and weekly activity charts on your mobile device so you can track accomplishments and be awarded badges for personal bests and milestones.

The watch component of the MisFit Shine is very simplistic. With only 12 LED lights on the face of the device, you will note that one light remains lit – that’s the hour, and one light will flash – that’s the minute. So, you may not have an exact time but you’ll be within 5 minutes of the current time.
Accuracy
Accuracy

Accuracy

With the MisFit Shine measuring your steps, the 3-axis accelerometer that tracks movement could be slightly off with the excessive movement of your wrist if that’s where you choose to wear it. Also, the app measures calories burned and, without a base weight or measure of how strenuous the activity could be, there is always a deviation from actual calories burned.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

The MisFit Shine connects to iOS phones and devices with Bluetooth technology. Unlike most devices that pair with Bluetooth, the pairing process is slightly different. You download the iOS app for the device and hold the tracker directly on the screen. When the capacitive metal comes in contact with the glass display, syncing is triggered and the device will begin tracking your movements. With the unique syncing process, it is recommended to keep the tracker and device near to one another so your data will be properly recorded and your graphs will have accurate information. There is also no charging system. The MisFit Shine is powered by a watch battery that you install yourself when you open the box. The tool to open the device is included, as is the first battery, and you will power it up from there. The watch battery is estimated to last around 4 months.
Apps
Apps

Apps

The MisFit app is designed for iOS devices. You can download the app from the Apple store onto your iPhone or iPad for free. The application itself tracks steps, swimming and cycling activity, sleep and calories burned. You can access the app for daily history of activity as well as weekly usage. The MisFit Shine is synced directly through the app as well, so it is important to keep the tracker near the synced device.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Out of the box, the MisFit Shine is incredibly comfortable. It comes with a silicone wristband that is stretchy with adjustable holes for the perfect fit. The tracker snaps into the wristband and you’re on your way. If you prefer not to wear it like a watch, you can pop it into the magnet clip and set it on your neckline, pocket, or anywhere you feel comfortable. If that isn’t your cup of tea, you can purchase the necklace accessory and slip the tracker into the pendant piece and it will track all of your movements from around your neck. If you would prefer to wear a leather wristband, those are available for sale as well. Since the Shine is designed to be worn while you sleep, MisFit made sure to give you plenty of options for a comfortable experience.
Style
Style

Style

With an aerospace grade aluminum build and a curved, coin-like disc shape with 12 LED lights on the face of a matte surface and polished mirror edges, the MisFit Shine looks nothing like its competitors. This tracker can be worn out to dinner and would easily be mistaken for an upper scale watch. It can also be worn as a pendant or clipped where nobody can see it. The Shine is beautiful and versatile. With ridges around the outside of the device, there are not hooks, clamps, hinges or otherwise unsightly additions to this sleek, simple design. It is clean and smooth with only the LED dots to let you know that it might be doing anything beyond telling the time.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The aerospace grade aluminum used on the MisFit Shine is a very durable metal that should last long after the battery has worn out. With about a 4-month battery life, you can replace it yourself with the tool MisFit has provided in the box. Silicone accessories that hold the tracker in place are a soft rubber so they can be damaged with over-stretching and overuse, so you will need to watch for potential issues. The tracker is a smaller device so the main concern would be misplacing it or losing the coin-like component.
Face
Face

Face

The face of the MisFit Shine has a matte surface with 12 pinpoint LED lights. The metal is an aerospace grade aluminum so it has a clean, simple, modern appearance. No numbers or words flash on the face itself but the time does flash via the LED lights. One light will stay lit, indicating the hour, while one light will flash, indicating the nearest 5-minute estimate for the time.
Band
Band

Band

The MisFit Shine gives you options. If you prefer, you can use the silicone wristband that comes stock with your tracker device. It is a soft, stretchy rubber with adjustable holes for perfect sizing to your wrist. You can also opt to use the clip holder that comes in the box. If you prefer a leather wristband, you can purchase an adjustable band separately that will complement any outfit you choose to pair it with.
Sizes Available
Sizes Available

Sizes Available

There is only one size available in the MisFit Shine, but you do have a choice in how you prefer to wear it. You can elect to wear the silicone wristband which stretches and has additional holes for perfect sizing. Or you can wear the tracker in the clip holder. You can attach it to your clothing, neckline or a pocket and it can be placed wherever the clip will hold. You also have the option of wearing the Shine as a pendant around your neck. If you’d prefer, MisFit also has a leather wristband option that is not stretchy but does have multiple holes for adjusting sizing.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

With the download of the MisFit app, your device can be paired to the Shine. There is no pressing of additional buttons, timing it just right, or clicking any number of times. The Misfit Shine is a very simple device that will track the activity you tell it to track. If you don’t program additional activities into the app though, it will revert to tracking your sleeping so you should be sure to program appropriately for accurate data.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

The MisFit Shine is powered by a standard watch battery. MisFit includes a battery and installation tool in the box with the device and accessories so you can get it going as soon as you’ve made your purchase. The battery should last around 4 months but they make sure you have the means to replace it without having to take it to the watch store.
Price
Price

Price

The MisFit Shine is a very simple tracker and without many options available for other lifestyle trackers, it is priced accordingly. There is no need to charge for additional technology with a clean, easy tool like this one. Though, if you were buying a fancy watch that looked like the Shine, you would likely spend a pretty penny.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

The main accessories that the MisFit Shine comes with are the silicone wristband and the clip holder. The battery installation tool is also included in the box for replacing the battery as needed. An additional option for this tracker is the leather watchband for those who prefer a more upscale look or plan to wear the Shine in professional situations or out on a date. Still another accessory MisFit has designed is a pendant necklace so you can wear your Shine around your neck to track footsteps and activity.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Sleek watch face with LED lights as a display
• Silicone wristband, clip holder, leather wristband, or pendant necklace for wearing a tracker in daily life
• MisFit app syncs directly with the device through iPhone/iPad screen
• Standard watch battery powers MisFit for up to 4 months
• Waterproof design allows tracking of swimming activity
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The MisFit Shine lifestyle tracker is a beautiful watch and undercover activity tracker. Connecting via Bluetooth to your iPhone and iPad, this device allows you to track your steps, your swimming and cycling, and even your sleep. It is very fashion forward with many options for wear as well as a very clean, simple appearance. The aerospace aluminum face with LED lights for time is deceptive as it stealthily tracks your every movement. This is a great option if you simply want to track daily and weekly activity and not get too technical with maps and equations.