Mis­fit Shine 2

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The Mis­fit Shine 2 is an ac­tiv­ity tracker that fol­lows on from Mis­fit’s orig­i­nal Shine, adding sleep track­ing and hap­tic feed­back for no­ti­fi­ca­tions and calls into the mix.

In essence, it’s a lite ver­sion of a smart­watch, of­fer­ing track­ing in­for­ma­tion to help you count your steps, calo­ries, miles and ac­tiv­i­ties. You’ll also get data to mon­i­tor how well you’ve slept, and you’ll be able to com­pare your ac­tiv­ity with your pre­vi­ous per­sonal bests and with your Mis­fit-wear­ing friends.

In ad­di­tion, you’ll be able to see the time, an in­di­ca­tion of how close you are to meet­ing your daily ac­tiv­ity goal, and you’ll be no­ti­fied to in­com­ing calls and no­ti­fi­ca­tions thanks to a vi­bra­tion on your wrist.

What you won’t get is a dis­play that shows who it is that’s call­ing or tex­ting, and you can’t add ex­tra func­tion­al­ity by down­load­ing apps, but that means you’re also get­ting this wear­able at a much lower price than the av­er­age smart­watch.

De­sign

Slim and unas­sum­ing, the disc­shaped alu­minium tracker can be worn on the wrist or clipped to a belt, though the lat­ter will ren­der some of its func­tions pretty much use­less. The Mis­fit Shine 2 can dis­play your fitness progress and the time on your wrist, and its un­likely you’ll feel the hap­tic feed­back when you get a call or text if you choose to clip it to your belt. That’s a shame, though, be­cause the de­sign is quite mas­cu­line and pla­s­ticky. We were re­luc­tant to wear it dur­ing a meal out with a blouse or a dress, for ex­am­ple, but we didn’t want to miss out on its func­tion­al­ity.

There are two colour op­tions, Carbon Black or Rose Gold, but for now there is just one rub­bery black band to go with it, which is where the prob­lem lies. The good news is that Mis­fit is set to re­lease ad­di­tional bands soon, which should help the de­vice’s style sit­u­a­tion and would cer­tainly en­cour­age this re­viewer to con­tinue wear­ing it.

The stan­dard band that’s in­cluded is com­fort­able, though. It’s easy to put on and ad­just to fit your wrist, and there’s a harder plas­tic por­tion that sits right be­neath the Shine it­self to stop it from fall­ing out of the band.

When it comes to dura­bil­ity we’re im­pressed. We’ve been wear­ing it for sev­eral weeks and haven’t re­moved it at all, yet there’s not a scratch in sight. It’s water­proof too, so you don’t even need to take it off in the shower or when you go swim­ming, but Mis­fit warns that you shouldn’t ex­pose it to salt wa­ter too much.

Track­ing fea­tures

It won’t take you long to get started with the Mis­fit Shine 2. It’s easy to set up, pair­ing eas­ily and sim­ply with your iPhone or An­droid de­vice via Blue­tooth us­ing the Mis­fit app.

You’ll need to set up a Mis­fit ac­count if you haven’t al­ready, en­ter­ing your gen­der, age, weight and height to help the Shine 2 track your ac­tiv­ity more ac­cu­rately.

Once you’ve at­tached it to your wrist or clipped it to your belt you’re good to go. The tracker will im­me­di­ately be­gin track­ing your ac­tiv­ity, and knows when you start run­ning. Your de­fault tar­gets will be an hour of walk­ing, 20 min­utes of run­ning and 30 min­utes of swim­ming, and you’ll be awarded points for your ac­tiv­ity each day.

There’s no doubt that wear­ing the Mis­fit Shine 2 will en­cour­age you to walk in­stead of get the bus, or take the stairs in­stead of the lift, and that’s be­fore you even start look­ing at the spe­cific dis­tances and

Tap­ping the Shine will first show you your ac­tiv­ity progress us­ing a cir­cle of red dots. Your goal is to il­lu­mi­nate all 12 of the lights in a day

calo­ries. You’ll want to meet your ac­tiv­ity tar­get, which you can adapt to suit you, and even more so you’ll want to beat your per­sonal bests and your friends.

Tap­ping the Shine will first show you your ac­tiv­ity progress us­ing a cir­cle of red dots. Your goal is to il­lu­mi­nate all 12 of the lights in a day. Then you’ll see the watch face, which can show you the time ac­cu­rate to five min­utes us­ing a se­ries of dif­fer­ent coloured dots that you’ll soon get used to.

It’s a shame that there’s no al­time­ter to show you how many floors you’ve climbed, though, and there’s no way to mea­sure or track your heart rate.

The Mis­fit Shine 2 isn’t for se­ri­ous ath­letes. That’s where GPSen­abled track­ers like the Garmin and Tom­Tom de­vices come in. But you can ex­tend its func­tion­al­ity by sync­ing the Shine 2 with the likes of the MyFit­nessPal app.

In terms of ad­di­tional fea­tures, we’ve al­ready men­tioned the vi­bra­tion alerts for no­ti­fi­ca­tions and in­com­ing calls, though you can also down­load the free Mis­fit Link app to add a ‘triple touch’ fea­ture to the de­vice. You’ll find that you can set the Mis­fit Shine 2 to take a photo, con­trol your mu­sic, change the slide on a pre­sen­ta­tion and more by tap­ping on it three times.

Price

So the real question here is, should you buy the Mis­fit Shine 2 and is it worth the money? The rec­om­mended re­tail price is £79 and you won’t find it much cheaper than that even if you shop around. You can down­load the app for free and you’ll have to spend a few pounds on a new bat­tery ev­ery few months, but aside from that there are no ad­di­tional costs here.

That puts it in the same price bracket as ri­val Fit­bit’s Flex, which also tracks both ac­tiv­ity and sleep but lacks a dis­play like the Mis­fit Shine 2. The Flex is avail­able in more colours than the Shine 2, but which you pre­fer will come down to per­sonal taste. The Fit­bit’s bat­tery doesn’t need re­plac­ing – in­stead you’ll charge it via USB, but that means it only lasts for up to five days on one charge com­pared with the Shine’s six months. The Flex isn’t water­proof ei­ther, and it can’t dis­play the time or alert you to no­ti­fi­ca­tions or in­com­ing calls.

For £20 more though, there’s the Fit­bit Alta, which of­fers ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion caller ID and a full dig­i­tal watch. Even that’s not water­proof though, and it has a five-day bat­tery life.

The Shine 2 has its ad­van­tages, in­clud­ing that long bat­tery life and the fact that it can be used to track swim­ming ac­tiv­ity, but if those aren’t im­por­tant to you and you can af­ford the ex­tra £20 it’s worth con­sid­er­ing the Fit­bit Alta as an al­ter­na­tive. But for £79, we like the Shine 2 more than the Flex, and we’ll con­tinue wear­ing it for a long time yet.

Verdict

Over­all, we’d rec­om­mend the Mis­fit Shine 2. It’s an all-rounder with some added perks, in­clud­ing the hap­tic feed­back for no­ti­fi­ca­tions and calls, which we’ve found enor­mously use­ful. Com­par­ing it with ri­val Fit­bit we think it’s been priced well, and not hav­ing to think about the bat­tery life too of­ten is a huge boon, mean­ing you’ll rarely have to take it off.

Ash­leigh All­sopp

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