Misfit Shine Review

A very comfortable fitness tracker with a solid build that is great for sleep monitoring and all for a reasonable price.

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Product Description:

The MisFit Shine (Amazon) is the elegant activity and sleep tracker that inspires you to live an active life. Designed to give you motivation at a glance, Shine emits a halo of lights that show progress toward your daily activity goal. Find out how active you are everyday, and set goals to improve. Shine’s long-lasting battery and automatic wireless syncing mean you’ll spend less time plugging in and more time moving.

Feature Table:

Battery Replaceable, lasts up to 6 months
Display LED
Sensors 3-axis accelerometer
Syncs Bluetooth 4.0 / BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy)
Tracks Steps, Calories Burned, Distance
and Sleep Quality and Duration
Water Proofing Up to 50 m
App Yes, the Misfit App which is available in iTunes, Google Play, and Windows Phone Store.
Compatible OS iPhone® 4s/5/5c/5s/6/6 Plus
iPod® touch 5
iPad® 3/4/Air/mini
Samsung Galaxy S® 4/5
Samsung Note® 3
Google Nexus 4/5
Android 4.3 BLE devices and above
Windows Phone 8.1 w/ BTLE
Shine for iOS app is compatible with devices running iOS 7 and above and with Bluetooth 4.0.
Shine for Android is compatible with devices running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and above with Bluetooth 4.0/Bluetooth Smart.
Warranty 1 year

Common Questions:

What comes in the box with the Misfit Shine? What else is included in the box with the Misfit Shine?

Misfit Shine Personal Physical Activity Monitor, Clasp, One-size-fits-all Sport Band wristband, CR2032 battery,  and a battery replacement tool.

What colors does the Misfit Shine come in?

It comes in Grey, Black, Topaz (light blue), Champagne, Storm (dark blue), Coral, Wine, Sea Glass (light green), Red, and Victoria’s Secret Pink.

Does the Misfit Shine show the time?

Yes, through a minimalist display.

How comfortable is the Misfit Shine?

The Misfit Shine has been widely praised as one of the most comfortable fitness trackers on the market.

What app does the Misfit Shine work with?

It was built to work with the wonderful Misfit App, which is available in iTunes, Google Play, and Windows Phone Store. It also works with the following 3rd party apps: LoseIt!, Runkeeper, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and IFTTT.

What is the difference between the Misfit Flash and the Misfit Shine?

The Flash is the newer Misfit fitness tracker, and it is very similar to the Shine. They basically gave the Flash brighter colors and made it plastic instead of anodised aircraft aluminium. This makes the Flash lighter and maybe more attractive, but also perhaps not as tough. The Shine also was a bit more water proof (50 m v 30 m) and the Shine had Windows Phone support, whereas the Flash doesn’t yet although they are working on it. The biggest difference of course is the price, and the lower price for the Flash while having almost the same abilities probably makes it a more attractive option for most people.

What mobile devices is the Misfit Shine compatible with?

iPhone® 4s/5/5c/5s/6/6 Plus, iPod® touch 5, iPad® 3/4/Air/mini, Samsung Galaxy S® 4/5, Samsung Note® 3, Google Nexus 4/5, Android 4.3 BLE devices and above, Windows Phone 8.1 w/ BTLE, Shine for iOS app is compatible with devices running iOS 7 and above and with Bluetooth 4.0., Shine for Android is compatible with devices running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and above with Bluetooth 4.0/Bluetooth Smart.

What features are missing from the Misfit Shine that other fitness trackers have?

The Misfit Shine has no reminders or alerts, and it doesn’t have or work with a heart rate monitor.

Does the Misfit Shine come with or have a warranty?

Yes, it comes with a 1 year manufacturers limited warranty. This is pretty standard with most fitness trackers.

What Others Are Saying:

Scott Stein, CNET:  “The Shine is one of the most stylish and futuristic-looking wireless fitness trackers out there, but you’re trading in extra versatility for minimalist style.

Engadget:  “The Misfit Shine might be a stylish fitness tracker, but there isn’t enough substance behind it to make it stand out in a crowded field.

Eugene Kim, Jill Duffy, PC Mag:  “The Misfit Shine is an activity tracker that’s big on style and great for those who swim for exercise. It doesn’t quite offer enough to shine above the advanced competition, however.


The Misfit Shine (Amazon) is probably the most comfortable fitness tracker on the market, and I’m not alone in sharing that sentiment. The sleep monitoring functionality, combined with the comfort of the device on your wrist, make it ideal for sleep monitoring. It comes in a ton of colors and has a really nice looking minimalist design. I also really like the Misfit app and think that it is at least close to being as good as the FitBit or Jawbone apps. The Shine also is compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows. The device works with a lot of 3rd part apps including LoseIt!, Runkeeper, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and IFTTT. Plus the device is very reasonably priced (although the Misfit Flash is even better).

Possible negatives would be that the Shine doesn’t have a heart monitor (which you can’t really expect at this price range) and there are no alerts or reminders. Despite liking this fitness tracker quite a bit, I think for people that are looking at getting the Misfit Shine, you might as well get the Misfit Flash instead. It’s newer, cheaper, and I like the design better, however, it also is made of cheaper parts.

MisFit Shine

MisFit Shine




    • Works with iOS, Anroid, and Windows
    • Compatible with 3rd party apps
    • The Misfit App is good
    • Good for sleep monitoring
    • Afford-ably priced


    • Why not get the Flash instead?