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MisFit Shine Review

Fresh from its crowdfunded beginnings, the MisFit Shine is a beautifully designed, waterproof, disc shaped wearable activity bracelet. Although an ever increasingly crowded marketplace, is the Misfits Shine something you should be considering?

As well as this MisFit Shine Review, we also have one to give away to a lucky reader! Just read the review and answer the question contained within.

MisFit Shine Design

This is very different to the rest. It seems unfair to define the MisFit Shine by what it isn’t, but with the market place for activity trackers becoming quite congested, having a unique design is what really sets this apart from the pack. Whilst the likes of the Nike+ Fuelband, Jawbone UP or Fitbit Force all require you to wear a solid loop around your wrist, the beautiful disc of the Shine is functional, versatile, attractive and around the size of a 50 pence piece.

As you can see in the pictures, the surface of the Shine doesn’t quite live up to its name in this department. It is slightly matte, the rim bringing the “shine”. The topside of the Shine does hide its most important feature through this slightly dulled texture, and these are the 12 orbital LEDs which somehow function as the main display.

This lack of a complex display helps the Shine operate incredibly efficiently, requiring only a CR2032 battery – so no charging is required, just replacements which are easily less than £1 (making this incredibly cost efficient).

The Shine comes with a number of accessories that allow personalise it. There is the sports band, a rubber strap that makes it a lot like other activity trackers, in that it will restrict the band around your wrist. In the box, along side sportsband, is the magnetic clasp. This allows you to attach the Shine to anything it can wrap around – typically thin-ish fabrics. This works well on belts, shirts and thinner blazers, even on socks, but not well on coats for example.


MisFit Shine Functionality

The 12 LED display on the Shine is a novel approach. Instead of a screen or scroller, the LEDs light up in a circle to give you an idea of how active you have been during the day. To check this, you need to tap the screen, quite firmly, twice. This then flashes up, and if you’ve hit your goal, you are treated to a little circular running flash around the LEDs. The display also tells you the time (roughly). The LEDs light up at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 hours to give you an idea. Tap the Shine three times and you start tagging a session. All this tapping can sometimes lead you astray as well, tapping too soft, too hard, too many times, all can become a bit of a pain.

Sessions are limited at present to sleep, cycling, swimming, tennis, basketball and soccer (this is still in beta to be fair). There is a lot of work required to get this up to a good standard though, as tagging is “smart” it stops when it thinks you’ve finished. It also isn’t representative of enough activities. In addition, you have to have the correct session set before you start, and need to be connected to the internet in order to make that change through the app. So, whilst this has some potential, it is really lacking some quite essential user interface at present. On the plus side, this is the only monitor we have used that is waterproof and can be used in water sports – so you can keep it on when you go swimming or surfing. The sleep tracking with the Shine, whilst it might tricky to get started, is the best available at present as well, and seems to match up well when compared to Sleep Cycle.

The Shine connects to your phone, both android and iOS, through bluetooth and the fact the app is available on multiple platforms is a huge bonus! The app syncs well and displays the data on a very simplistic dashboard, which mimics the shine with a radial display.


MisFit Shine Verdict

Its gloriously simple, effortlessly attractive and incredibly unobtrusive. At a very reasonable price of £95 (at the time of writing this), the MisFit Shine (you can buy it from the likes of John Lewis)is a beautifully designed fitness tracker that delights on the surface but disappoints on the detail. If you are looking for something to get you moving, this is definitely a good looking entry point into the market. If you want something that gives you data dumps for you the play with, this will leave you disappointed.

MisFit Shine Competition

Want to win your very own MisFit Shine Fitness Tracker? You can right here, and it couldn’t be more simple. Just answer the following question:

How many LEDs are contained within the Shine face?
A) 9
B) 12
c) 15

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Terms and Conditions:

  • The winners will be sent one Misfits Shine Fitness Tracker
  • Please allow up to 2 weeks for prize delivery
  • Winners must be a UK resident
  • The editors decisions is final
  • Closing date is 23:59 on Friday 17 January 2014
  • Prize cannot be exchanged or refunded and there is no cash alternative. The prize is non-transferrable.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify or not award a prize to an entrant who in our opinion has not entered in to the spirit of these terms and conditions or the intention of the competition.
  • Winners will be selected at random from all correct entries. By entering this comp, you are agreeing to receive details of future related offers from Average Joe’s



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