Bigger and better – that’s what we expect from the next generation wearable gadgets on the performance side, and here we zoom into the Misfit Shine 2 to see if it lives up to a worthy buy? The earlier version Misfit Shine 1 still enjoys a very good reputation among the fitness buffs while we now explore the dashing features of its new avatar Misfit Shine 2. Our Misfit shine 2 review explore the new entry product line by Misfit and provide better insight to the users to decide if this product worth buying it or not!
Misfit Shine 2 Review
Misfit Shine 2: Design
We did expect some novelties in the Misfit Shine 2, but it retains the same circular shape as the Shine 1 but features a more stylish sleeker larger dial, as it has taken the word thin further to the next level. The colorful LED lights are a welcome change. It displays varied patterns of light – Red, white, green and blue.
The Misfit Shine is available in two color options – Carbon Black or Rose Gold. These may strive to add to your fashion statement but falls short due to the low standard original wrist strap.
In our trials, we had the Shine’s dial slipping and falling off a few times. However, there is an additional piece of plastic that sits right under the dial and is to avoid the dial fall out during some rigorous physical activities. It is slightly hard plastic, but it does the job of securing the Shine 2 dial. But in one instance that also did not help much. There is a good tendency for the Shine 2 to pop out of its rubber groove and now that can be fixed by Misfits customer services.
There is news that Misfit will soon launch more stylish, colorful bands to bring in some spark back to the current mundane view and us mix & match our fashion. You can check your fitness progress besides the time with Shine 2. The Shine 2 can be worn on the wrist or clipped to a belt or foot. Besides the wrist, other areas it will be tough to check regular progress. The Shine 2 is impressively durable and comfortable to wear during swimming or in the shower though you must be wary of its extensive exposure to saltwater.
Misfit Shine 2: Activity tracking
It’s a snappy quick start with the Misfit Shine 2, which can be paired with Android and iPhone devices with Misfit app via Bluetooth. Once you provide your personal details like gender, age, weight and height, Shine 2 is enabled to provide your accurate activity results. A standard default target of the Shine 2 could be an hour of walking along with 15 or 20 minutes of running and 30 minutes swimming, and you get comparative points awarded for your activities on a daily basis.
The sole aim of every Shine 2 user should be to illuminate all 12 red lights on it within a day’s time span. On the downside, you cannot know information like how many floors you climbed or measuring and tracking heartbeat rates. However, The Misfit Shine 2 functionality can be extended by synchronizing it to apps like MyFitnessPal.
In this release, the Shine 2 has 9 activities that can be tagged to activity sessions as below –
The default is set to “walking” which will be the most engaging activity in a normal day.
Misfit Shine 2: Notifications
The attractive LED light notifications show the progress towards your goal. Of the 12 led lights on the dial, the more red lights are lit, the closer it shows you moving towards your goal. When you sync with your Android/iOS app, the lights turn bright blue. Incoming phone calls are notified by green lights and text messages in blue light – both these can be turned on through the app. It will get some time for you to synchronize up with all the color codes for notifications.
Additionally, you can set up notification alarms to help remind you to move into action physically. You can set the alarm to vibrate at regular intervals by specifying start and stop times – for example after a lunch break. One of the points noted on the Misfit Shine 2 alarm is that the vibrations are too gentle, and a user can easily miss the alerts. So in your exercise routine, it is not recommended to rely on it 100% as the only alarm. Sleep tracking is automatic in the Misfit Shine 2. Nevertheless, there is also an option to track sleep with Misfit Beddit sleep monitoring system.
Misfit Shine 2: The App
If you have been using Misfit range of products, then it is smooth sailing as far as getting used to the Shine 2 app as the presentation has not undergone many changes. Folks, who are moving to Shine 2 from other products like Jawbone UP or Fitbit etc. will need to get used to the new scenario. One of the major flexible advantages of the Misfit Shine 2 app is the integration with third party apps that can use your tracker’s data. For example, you can check your sleep patterns by sending that data to another app and make notes over there. If you are a late sleeper, probably you may have been partying too much!
The app displays graphical information in an easy to read layout on your daily activity in linear and circular graphs. The main Home section shows the distance moved, how many steps you have taken, calories burned, and sleep hours – all of which are core activity identifiers.
Misfit Shine 2: Battery Life
The battery life is very good as per claims from Misfit. We have tested it for three weeks and found that the charge shows full. The LED lights consume minimal power during display. The battery is the old style coin cell which most of us use in our wristwatches. The company claims a six-month battery life though it could average around that for a normal Shine 2 user. The six-month battery life is much longer than many of the other trackers and is indeed a big plus. Battery changing is also an easy breeze with just a clip twist and turn.
Misfit shine 2 priced for $99, which is very cost-friendlier than the other brands in the market.
Is It Worth Buying?
Comparing with the current market fitness trackers, Misfit Shine 2 provides the plenty of useful features for fitness freaks. The app is updated and improved lot. Features like waterproof made and six months battery life is a huge boost up from its predecessor Misfit Shine. So, it is worth a buy if you love the sleek design and comfortable fitness tracker with an affordable price of $99.