I’ve been aggressively testing the Misfit Shine activity tracker for about a month now and I must say, I love the design. It’s small, elegant and sleek. But small and sleek doesn’t mean it’s the best, it does have issues currently.
First of all, it runs off of a watch battery that provides 6 months of usage. This isn’t a bad thing, because you never have to charge it. As such, I keep the Shine on all the time, even when I’m having a shower, as it’s water resistant.
I found that it provided false sleep data often, it said I got under 2 hours of sleep many days which I know for a fact is untrue. The syncing method is extremely inconvenient and doesn’t always register the taps and like I mentioned regarding sleep tracking, the accuracy doesn’t seem right. These are things that can be fixed using firmware updates, but when people purchase a product, they want it to work properly out of the box.
I found that when stepping out of bed, it tracks movements as steps, which of course is incorrect. This would contribute to the false data reported in the application.
It could be a great fitness tracker, but these bugs really need to be sorted out. I don’t suggest getting the product at this time until the software has been updated.
Once Misfit updates the firmware to a working version, I’ll update this review to be fair.
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