I have had a few fitness bands in the past few years ranging from the ultra sophisticated (Apple Watch and FitBit) to the ultra simple (Jawbone and Xiaomi Mi Band) and I can honestly confirm that the Misfit Shine 2 is probably the best of the lot. There are so many benefits, and so few cons. The Misfit Shine 2 is everything the original Shine was and more, it is the perfect accessory for any fitness fanatic and works seamlessly with iOS and Android.
So what makes the Misfit Shine 2 so good? Well firstly you don’t have to charge it very often, or in fact ever. It has a built in 6 month charge and after that time it’s a simple process to replace the battery with a regular coin battery that you would find in any watch. This is a huge benefit, one which the Apple Watch and FitBit do not share, as it means I never need to be concerned my activity isn’t being tracked, or that I might forget it somewhere while it charges.
Secondly; the Misfit Shine 2 is waterproof so not only do you not need to take the band off to charge, you also do not need to remove it to do any water based activity. This is something that I would never have done with my Jawbone or Xiamoi Mi for fear of damaging the electronics. Furthermore, due to its slick and understated size – you can wear go about your day to day and almost forget that you are wearing it. But, in case you weren’t keen on another wrist band (especially if you already have a watch etc), Misfit have designed a useful clip so you can wear the fitness track anywhere you would like, under a cuff, inside your pocket, in your shoe etc – in terms of fitness trackers, it is definitely one of the most discreet.
For those who already have a Misfit Shine and think – should I upgrade? Is it worth it? The answer is a resounding yes, the Shine 2 has everything the original has and more – the Shine 2 is slightly thinner that the original (just 8mm thick), plus it’s built from ‘aircraft grade aluminium’ to make it stronger than before. By tapping the Shine 2 twice on the face, the lights around the edge will blink to show you fitness goal of the day, and then the time. Also, with added vibrations, when connected to Bluetooth, the Shine 2 will vibrate if you receive a text message or phone call.
For those who want to use the Shine 2 to its full potential – I recommend downloading an App called IFTTT (If This Then That); this app allows other suitable apps to link to each other and make application ‘recipes’. For example, I have connected my Shine 2 to my Spotify so when I am exercising in my local gym, I just need to tap the face of Shine 2 to skip tracks.
The Misfit Shine 2, for me at least, ticks all the correct boxes. It provides enough information to make my life easier, but not so much that it’s constantly lighting up and therefore needs charging frequently. It is durable enough that I’m not afraid to take it out on a big fitness session – it is also not so expensive that I worry I might lose it and so remove it (and thus make the whole point of the product null and void!). It is the ideal fitness tracker for people that don’t want to be interrupted and controlled by their fitness band, plus with a 6 month battery life – I literally have no reason to ever take it off!
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