Misfit Shine 2by Misfit

  • Misfit Shine 2
  • Misfit Shine 2
  • Misfit Shine 2
  • Misfit Shine 2
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Not recommended. This product is super problematic.
65%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • This stylish fitness band combines a sleek, understated design with LED lights that deliver subtle notifications.
  • The Shine 2 never needs charging thanks to a replaceable watch-style battery that lasts for six months.
  • You can get subtle notifications (and even a wake up alarm) via the Shine 2's new vibration mode.

CONS

  • Heart rate monitoring is quickly becoming "table stakes" for fitness monitors, but Misfit hasn't included a heart rate monitor.
  • While designed to be worn primarily on the wrist, it doesn't display phone notifications, and the time display--shown through an array of dots--is best described as "vaguely abstract" which is not to everyone's taste.
  • The Shine 2 doesn't seem like a huge leap forward from the original Shine.
The Misfit Shine 2 will look familiar to anyone who has seen the original Shine; it's a gently bulging disc that can be worn on the wrist as a band or clipped to your clothing. It's made of aluminum and is stylish, while covering all the essentials, including step tracking and sleep monitoring. It also supports capacitive touch now, so it is more responsive to swipes and taps. In addition to its fitness features, the Shine 2 talks to a smartphone app, which lets you use it for a number of things, including controlling your music.
NameMisfit Shine 2Misfit ShineAltaFlashSwarovski Shine
ManufacturerMisfitMisfitFitbitMisfitMisfit
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List Price$100$70$130$30$170
80%

Fitness trackers are ten a penny these days, but it’s to Misfit’s great credit that it stands out from the crowd. The Shine 2 is attractive …

Fitness trackers are ten a penny these days, but it’s to Misfit’s great credit that it stands out from the crowd. The Shine 2 is attractive and comfortable to wear, tracks all the things you’d expect it to, is waterproof and has a great battery life.

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70%

The Misfit Shine 2 is a decent step up from its predecessor with added smart notifications and vibration alerts, yet the fact that the compa…

The Misfit Shine 2 is a decent step up from its predecessor with added smart notifications and vibration alerts, yet the fact that the company still hasn't made the tracker secure in its band is a real disappointment.

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70%

Water resistance up to 50 metres means the Shine 2 can monitor your activity in the pool, and it has the same six-month battery life as its …

Water resistance up to 50 metres means the Shine 2 can monitor your activity in the pool, and it has the same six-month battery life as its predecessor. That means there's no need to recharge it, you'll just need to replace the standard watch battery powering it twice a year.

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70%

We took it out for a 1.87 mile run, tracked with GPS, and it was logged in the Misfit app as a 1.8 run. That may not sound impressive, but f…

We took it out for a 1.87 mile run, tracked with GPS, and it was logged in the Misfit app as a 1.8 run. That may not sound impressive, but for a tracker that just monitors the swing of your arm it's almost miraculously accurate ...

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50%

The leds were nice and the watch is good looking however the tracker popped off twice in a week. One while getting out of the car and anothe…

The leds were nice and the watch is good looking however the tracker popped off twice in a week. One while getting out of the car and another time randomly and when I was sitting at the the table.

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50%

The Shine 2 is a decent fitness tracker that's waterproof and vibrates, dogged by a fatal flaw: it just won't stay on our wrist.

The Shine 2 is a decent fitness tracker that's waterproof and vibrates, dogged by a fatal flaw: it just won't stay on our wrist.

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The Shine 2 is smarter and faster, but it’s also thinner and now comes in rose gold, which is the hottest color in technology these days.

The Shine 2 is smarter and faster, but it’s also thinner and now comes in rose gold, which is the hottest color in technology these days.

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If you’re a firm believer that trackers should look as good as they track, then the Shine 2 is an excellent device to consider.

If you’re a firm believer that trackers should look as good as they track, then the Shine 2 is an excellent device to consider.

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Instead, the Shine 2 ships with a sport band, a clasp and an action clip. This latter item is something Misfit came up with to better secure…

Instead, the Shine 2 ships with a sport band, a clasp and an action clip. This latter item is something Misfit came up with to better secure the device, so it wasn’t as easy to lose.

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The $100 Shine 2 will do all the stuff the first Shine did: track fitness metrics, such as steps and calories, and sleep quality. The new Sh…

The $100 Shine 2 will do all the stuff the first Shine did: track fitness metrics, such as steps and calories, and sleep quality. The new Shine 2 provides a more feedback to users. There’s a little motor that provides satisfying haptic feedback. The little LED lights that line the wearable in a circle are now colored.

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It now has a vibration motor, for notifications, and a magnetometer in addition to a standard tri-axis accelerometer. This means that the Sh…

It now has a vibration motor, for notifications, and a magnetometer in addition to a standard tri-axis accelerometer. This means that the Shine can now vibrate to let you know when you've been sitting too long, something that more and more activity trackers do, and can double as a wrist-alarm to nudge you awake in the morning.

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The device is compatible with Misfit Link, which lets users play music, take a selfie, and interact with Web services and smart home gadgets…

The device is compatible with Misfit Link, which lets users play music, take a selfie, and interact with Web services and smart home gadgets via IFTTT or Logitech's Harmony Home Hub.

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For the most part, the Shine 2 looks like an incremental update for Misfit. It retains the first Shine's admirable six-month battery life (i…

For the most part, the Shine 2 looks like an incremental update for Misfit. It retains the first Shine's admirable six-month battery life (it's powered by a standard watch battery), but it doesn't add any significant new tracking options, like heart-rate sensing.

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Since the Shine 2 tracks deep and light sleep patterns, automatically, it's able to wake the wearer during a light sleep so it feels natural…

Since the Shine 2 tracks deep and light sleep patterns, automatically, it's able to wake the wearer during a light sleep so it feels natural and refreshing.

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Does this innocuous little wearable have all the bells and whistles of smartwatch or even a Fitbit for that matter? No, not really. But if y…

Does this innocuous little wearable have all the bells and whistles of smartwatch or even a Fitbit for that matter? No, not really. But if you want something subdued yet functional, the Shine was always a good choice. Now it’s an even better one.

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The Misfit app is also very feature rich and does everything you want in an activity tracker. It tracks sleep, what exercises you do, food i…

The Misfit app is also very feature rich and does everything you want in an activity tracker. It tracks sleep, what exercises you do, food intake, calories burned, and even a log of your weight.

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The Shine 2 offers capacitive touch, and it syncs with a special app that enables the device to act as a smartphone remote for playing music…

The Shine 2 offers capacitive touch, and it syncs with a special app that enables the device to act as a smartphone remote for playing music and taking pictures. Its main drawbacks are the lack of a heart-rate monitor and an inability to display phone notifications or the time.

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