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Misfit Shine review

Sam Loveridge




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User Score:


  • Fully waterproof
  • Can be worn anywhere on your person
  • Attractive design
  • Long battery life
  • Watch functionality


  • No altimeter
  • Sometimes inaccurate
  • App currently iOS only
  • Sleep monitoring a little poor

Key Features

  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Waterproof to 50m
  • Multiple sports tracked
  • 4-month battery life
  • No charging or wires required
  • Manufacturer: Misfit Wearables
  • Review Price: £99.95

What is the Misfit Shine?

The Misfit Shine enters a rather crowded fitness tracking market with a selling point that will stand it apart from the competition – it’s fully waterproof. It’s also an attractive all-metal disc that can be worn anywhere on your body using a dinky little magnetic strip that holds the Misfit Shine in place.

It was launched as an IndieGoGo campaign and achieved its $100,000 project goal 9 ½ hours after it launched. At close, the Misfit Shine had raised its goal eight and a half times over, which just goes to show how interesting the device is.

But can the £99 fitness tracker stand out against its popular rivals?

SEE ALSO: Best Fitness Trackers

Misfit Shine – Design and Features

One of the most striking things about the Misfit Shine is its design. Made from aerospace grade aluminium with a distinct groove running around the middle for using the Misfit Shine’s various accessories, it is small, light and compact. Misfit’s choice of material means the Shine only weighs 9g on its own, or 16g with the included wrist strap.

The company, Misfit Wearables, is co-founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley, and there is definitely a touch of Apple in the design of the Shine, especially its simplicity and clean lines.

Misfit has made sure the Shine can be worn anywhere on the body, and even supplies both the sports band and clasp as standard with the Misfit Shine in the UK from John Lewis. The clasp is a rubber loop with a magnet on one end that folds over to couple with the back of the Shine. You can attach this to any item of clothing, even a swimsuit or shorts as it is completely waterproof to 50 metres. This is also pretty handy if you forget to remove it from your clothes and it happens to take a washing machine trip.

The sportsband is a rubber watch strap that the Misfit Shine simply pops into and is designed to look much more like jewellery than your average fitness tracker, which is one of its key benefits. There’s also a leather strap and a necklace option to purchase separately if you feel the need.

Its waterproof nature and the fact it is so very light means you can pretty much forget about the Misfit Shine when you’re wearing it, especially when it’s strapped to your wrist.

However, it is useful to remember, any fitness tracker worn on your wrist isn’t going to be as accurate as one worn on your clothing as you tend to move your arms more than any other limbs, or you could stop moving them altogether, such as when you’re gripping a bag strap – both of which can cause inaccurate results. This is why Misfit includes the clasp for attaching the Shine to your clothing, which is especially useful when at the gym.

When in sleep mode, the Misfit Shine looks like it has no display at all, but with a double tap on its face you’ll be presented with a ring of LED lights around the edge, which are used to indicate your current goal progress and the time.

Each LED light is an interval of five minutes or 5 per cent completion of your customised goal. It can be a little difficult at first to work out what time it is (the hour is a solid LED but the minute indicator flashes), but you soon get used to it. Your goal progress is shown in a ring that runs clockwise with your sporting activity until the whole ring of lights is completed, which is a simple but effective way to keep tabs on it without having to look at the app.

On the rear of the Misfit Shine is a handy 12 logo, to show you which way up the fitness tracker should be placed in your watch strap for accurate clock readings.

The Misfit Shine connects to the Shine app for iOS devices via Bluetooth 4.0 LE, which doesn’t require pairing. Misfit assures us there’s an Android app coming “in the next few weeks”, but there hasn’t been any joy there as yet.

Bluetooth LE keeps the power consumption low and combined with the fact the Misfit Shine uses a standard cell watch battery with a battery life of at least 4 months, you’ll be using it for ages without having to charge it or replace the battery.

There are some features that are lacking in the Misfit Shine, like an altimeter to count the number of stairs you climb, which features in upcoming trackers like the Fitbit Force.

Misfit Shine – Tracking and Apps

The Shine app is a very simple but effective way of monitoring your daily fitness activity. Periods of activity are shown in colour coded panels that show the type of sport you are doing and low, medium and energetic patches of activity.

There’s a highlights panel that offers you a look at your daily milestones, broken down into a handy activity chart and the aforementioned coloured blocks. You can also take a look at a weekly overview of your activity, which also compares your achievements to the previous weeks.

Overall, the Misfit Shine is very accurate and can tell when you are performing any of its recognised activities – walking, running, cycling or swimming. It does tend to be far more precise when worn on your clothes, as when on your wrist it can suggest you were more active than you actually were – but that sometimes isn’t a bad thing.

Within the app you can not only personalise your activity goal, but also let it know where you’re wearing the Misfit Shine for more precise data gathering and whether you want the fitness tracker to display the clock or progression lights first.

You can also utilise the Misfit Labs Activity Tagging. This allows you to triple tap the Misfit Shine to tell it you are doing a specific activity for more accurate readings. Although this feature is still in Beta, you can use it to tell the Shine when you’re sleeping, cycling, swimming, playing tennis, basketball or football and the results are far more accurate – if you remember to triple tap before you start doing them.

The Shine app also presents information on the amount of steps you’ve taken, calories burnt and distance covered in a single day or whole week.

What is disappointing about the Misift Shine is its sleep monitoring functionality. Unless you tell it you’re going to sleep using the Activity Tagging it won’t monitor your sleep pattern whatsoever. We always forgot to triple tap before we fell asleep so we’d wake up with no data for our slumber.

When you do remember, it lets you know how many hours of deep sleep you’ve managed to get in between patches of tossing and turning. How accurate this data actually is is very hard to calculate, but they are interesting statistics to peruse in the morning.

As the Misfit Shine uses Bluetooth LE you won’t need to pair it with your smartphone or tablet. When you enter the app, the data automatically updates and fills in all the fitness tracking information since you last logged in. it doesn’t matter whether that’s a week or 5 minutes ago, it is all updated regardless.

It is very speedy to update, which is a bonus. We will say the data provided is a bit limited, but that’s pretty standard for what is basically a glorified pedometer like its competition. The app is laid out in a straightforward and accessible way and unless you’re a proper fitness freak it is more than sufficient for those looking to monitor their activity.

Should I buy the Misfit Shine?

The Misfit Shine is a great activity tracker but is a little more expensive than some of its competitors and currently has limited smartphone and tablet compatibility if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad. It’s still a strong contender, but you might still want to consider some of the alternatives.

At £79.99, the Fitbit Flex is another successful fitness tracker that offers a great app, a 4 – 5 day battery life and is water resistant if not entirely waterproof. It is a bit basic though and lacks a full display, altimeter and can’t even tell the time by itself. It works with (select) Android devices as well as iOS though.

At the top end of the price bracket is the £129.99 Nike Fuelband SE that is specifically optimised for Apple’s device range. It uses Bluetooth LE and is now water resistant and more flexible for a more rugged device. It can offer a lot more information on your wrist than the Misfit Shine, but still lacks an altimeter.

The Jawbone UP works with iOS and Android devices and is the same price as the Misfit Shine at £99. It offers detailed feedback via an app and has a vibrating alarm function alongside sleep monitoring. You can even take pictures of your meal to convert it into calories with the Jawbone UP.


If you’re looking for a fully-functional and completely waterproof fitness tracker, the Misfit Shine is a great choice, especially for the fashion conscious. The lengthy battery life just sweetens the deal.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Build Quality 9
  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • Usability 8
  • Value 8


November 22, 2013, 1:23 pm

All the info about the asethetics and how you can attach it to yourself and you don't think to tell us what technology it uses?

Is this essentially a shiny pedometer? Or does it use GPS? Or both?


November 24, 2013, 5:11 am

Shine uses a high precision 3-axis accelerometer to track your activity.

J Mann

December 20, 2013, 2:32 pm

The shine was great, especially for stand up paddle boarding. My problem was that the battery only lasted 11 days not the three months they said. So it got expensive. Then it came off my shoe during a cycle ride and I have not seen it since. I was really disappointed as the shine has great potential. Sadly I cannot afford another one yet.

Phyllis H.

January 9, 2014, 9:41 pm

My teenage son lost his after just 5 days. The disk apparently fell out of his wristband--while he was sleeping, no less. So far, my two attempts to complain to the company have fallen on deaf ears, just fueling my anger over this. Instead of worrying about how attractive the device is, they should first make sure that an activity tracker can't fall out/off so easily! I DO NOT recommend this. It was a very expensive gadget for 5 days of use.


January 13, 2014, 3:12 am

just got my Shine. It got me movin! I love it. Simple, clean, comfortable and motivating! I met my goal for today and plan to raise it for tomorrow.


February 16, 2014, 6:17 am

Nice gadget,but don't trust its so called strong magnet clip on thing. I lost mine after 2 weeks of using it, the day I lost it was the first day I used the clip instead of the wrist band. I wasn't even doing any special physical activity, it was just a walk. It recommends you clasp it on shoes for cycling, but if you are thinking about getting this gadget, you definitely wouldn't want to leave this on clipped your shoes, won't stay there of too long. It's probably best just worn as a watch or perhaps a pendant. You can't be checking whether it's there every second minute..I had doubts when a friend of mine recommended it and I had a look at his, the only thing holding the unit itself is a silicon ring easy to pop out as well even as a watch. Looks pretty cool but I don't think I'll get another one until they improve this and also more accurate sleep monitoring.....money down the drain for now :(


July 17, 2014, 6:56 pm

"Within the app you can not only personalize your activity goal, but also let it know where you’re wearing the Misfit Shine for more precise data gathering and whether you want the fitness tracker to display the clock or progression lights first. " - This seems to be inaccurate on the point of the wearing position.

The section you're referring to in the app is called " wearing shine " and they don't actually TELL you that your data is more precise by selecting one of their positions. What it says is " Help the Misfit team build better algorithms for you by selecting your favorite position to wear the Shine" There's even a selection of "Other- Be creative! and tell us about it". Personally I'd take that to mean they are trying to become more accurate not that they ARE more accurate. So far it seems to be often in-accurate tagging things like me just walking the dog as instead me going on a "very active" bike ride. Not sure I'd go so far as to call this very accurate but it has been nice to have this tiny wear able thing thats so versatile hanging around.

There CS team seems to be very responsive about feedback but I wish they would hurry up and partner with an app that can bring food tracking and more robust activity tracking to the table. Their idea of having a picture taking option of what you had for lunch isn't very helpful sadly.


July 19, 2014, 1:18 am

what is this contraption suppose to do?


October 3, 2014, 1:34 am

I got one for me and one for my wife.
Mine works but the other won't pair. Their
customer service is nonexistent. My old UP24 seems
to have fewer issues.


January 5, 2015, 1:02 am

It tracks how far you walk in a day, how much you sleep at night, and tells the time.


April 16, 2016, 12:27 am

Seriously do not buy this product. The band is a piece of crap and within weeks you will lose your shine because it does not hold in the silver watch shine piece tight enough. I loved mine but it did not last long as the hardware to hold it was garbage. You would be better off spending your money elsewhere.

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