Fitness Tracker Reviews: Misfit Wearables Shine 2 Fitness Tracker & Sleep Monitor

It was back in 2012 when Misfit Shine entered the fitness tracker market. It did not seem like the original Shine would ever be replaced and despite being an outstanding fitness tracker, it lacked a heart rate tracker. Apparently this is why the Misfit Wearables Shine 2 Fitness Tracker & Sleep Monitor was devised, which comes with a more secure strap and some colored LEDs that indicate any notifications received from a smartphone.

TPU Band, Nylon Action Clip & Nylon Clasp

The Misfit Shine 2 resembles the Shine 1 to quite an extent, but looks a bit more unisex. It is excellent that the Shine 2 comes with both a TPU band with a nylon Action Clip and a nylon clasp clip. The Action Clip acts as a wrist-fastening mechanism, keeping the Shine 2 secure under the band’s ring. The nylon clasp can be used to clip the Shine 2 on a belt, shoes or a shirt pocket, but keep in mind that you will not be able to take advantage of sleep tracking this way.

Notification Connectivity

The Shine 2 offers notification connectivity, both through lights and vibrations. It still features 12 LED studded lights around its surface that glow in multiple colors. These LEDs show things like fitness progress, notifications and the time, while they will also light up along with vibration to notify about incoming messages and phone calls. Along with a 3-axis accelerometer, the Shine 2 is also equipped with a 3-axis magnetometer to better measure/track activity and sleep-cycle.

Smart Button Control

The Shine 2 has a bit larger face and is slightly thinner. Unlike the Shine 1, you can use the Shine 2 as a smart button control. This means it will offer you a myriad of smart-button functions, divided between its Misift fitness app and the Misfit Link app. Therefore, you will be able to use the Shine 2 to control camera shutters, Harmony Home functions, music playback and any other one-click functions.

Pros

  • Battery life is beyond the usual and impressive
  • Comfortable and lightweight enough to be worn 24/7
  • Tracks steps very accurately

Cons

  • It can be a bit of a hassle to switch between band and clip

Conclusion

The Misfit Wearables Shine 2 has decently fitness tracker & sleep monitor, bringing forth the gadget that alerts users via glowing LEDs and vibration. It may not look very different from its predecessor, but it can now be used as a smart button control, which was not possible before. However, it is true that the TPU band could have been better. Even then, it is still exceptional when it comes to step and sleep tracking, and so, the higher price is not so bad for these upgrades.