Misfit Shine and Misfit Flash - The Fashion Leaders of Fitness Trackers

Misfit Shine & Flash

Misfit is a relatively new company that has been making fitness trackers since 2013. The company has been behind many unique watch-based trackers with the Shine and Flash being the company's most prominent models. These two options are convenient for those looking for a minimalistic approach to fitness and sleep tracking.

A Closer Look at the Shine

The Misfit Shine is the flagship model fitness tracker the company offers. The Shine is an intriguing device that can link up to a smartphone or tablet and relay information about your day in a convenient hub. The uniqueness of the Shine is its ability to be transferred to different bands and sport necklaces while also being able to track activities such as swimming, biking, running, sleeping, and time.

Specifications

The Shine is designed as a pendant-like disc made out of anodized aluminum. It is only 4 millimeters thick at its edge and will complement any fashion style. Misfit goes further into the styling of fitness trackers with their Swarovski Shine Slake Set, including a crystal looking face, a sports band, and a more fashionable band. The Shine is only 9.4 grams in weight and may be attached to a wrist band, clasp, necklace and on a sport shirt or sock made by Misfit that includes a compartment for the disc.

The watch battery used to power the Misfit Shine lasts up to 6 months before needing requiring a replacement, allowing a very easy transition between regular watch habits and this innovative fitness tracker/watch hybrid. This watch also includes a variety of impressive specifications:

  • Bluetooth 4 support
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Watch display feature
  • Water resistant at up to 50 m
  • LED display feature

Tracking Features

Besides the innovative design and fashionable look, what sets this fitness tracker apart from others on the market is its ability to track a very wide variety of activities. This will measure such movements as the number of steps you take, the calories you burn off, the distance you walk, swimming, cycling, soccer, tennis, basketball, how well you sleep, and more. It can measure your sleep quality based on the amount of time you are sleeping for and the movements you make while sleeping, allowing you to determine how long your rem cycle sleeping generally is and allow you to make predictions on the best times to go to bed and set your alarm.

Like all fitness trackers the Misfit Shine pushes its collected information to your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth technology. You can use a corresponding app through an iPhone, iPad, Samsung Note or Galaxy, Google Nexus or Windows Phone among many other options. The Misfit hub is helpful for keeping everything in one place, but it is likely that you have a ‘go-to’ fitness and health app for tracking your activity – Misfit has partnered with apps such as Runkeeper, MyFitnessPal, and others and the Shine can sync directly to your existing account.

Who Could Use This?

This is a device that is ideal for everyday workouts. It can be perfect for those looking for day to day fitness needs and to stay healthy and in control of one's overall workout. What sets the Misfit brand apart from many other minimalistic fitness trackers is the company’s great ability to blend the device into fashion trends of this generation. Like the iPhone and iPod turned handheld technology into a fashion statement, the Misfit brand is leading the fashionable draw of the minimalistic fitness tracker industry.

What About the Misfit Flash?

The Misfit Flash deserves to be explored in detail as well, it is designed in a manner similar to the Shine but at a more affordable price. This is an intriguing option that may better fit your lifestyle if you are rough with your fitness trackers or if you have a tendency to lose your watches.

Specifications

Slightly thicker than the Shine, the Flash also features a watch battery that allows the tracker to last up to 6 months before needing a replacement. Other features on this device include:

  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Bluetooth 4 support
  • Water resistant at up to 30 m
  • Uses a watch function
  • Made with TPU and polycarbonate materials

What It Tracks

The Flash, like the Shine, features a circle of colored dots around the perimeter of the watch face. These dots are used to tell the time and read your steps taken. The Flash will track your steps, calories burned, the distance you travel and the quality of your sleep based on how well you can get to sleep and whether or not you move around while sleeping.

This particularly works with a special app that lets you adjust your workout goals and track your physical activities. The Misfit Flash app can be used on many iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.

The Misfit Flash offers a very interesting feature apart for the more well-known fitness tracking, the ability to control your phone and apps. The Flash can be turned into a universal smart remote for your phone and can be used to take photos, control your music player, act as a presentation clicker, and more.

Who Could Use This?

This is a model that works best for people who are trying to keep tabs on their workouts and want a convenient tracker that can link up quite well to a mobile device. The Flash will certainly work for those who want something that isn't too costly either, readily available for a cheaper price than most other fitness trackers.

These two devices from Misfit are very unique and worth trying out and potentially replacing your current wearable. They both feature some appealing and unique setups that are easy for all to explore while keeping tabs on many functions within your workout. If you are interested in a minimalistic fitness tracker that pairs as a watch and is packaged in a fashionable design, the Misfit Flash or Shine is perfect.

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Other minimalistic fitness trackers comparable to the Misfit trackers include:

Jawbone UP3
Fitbit Flex