I’m into the Nike Fuelband for more than 738 days now. I’m addicted, I don’t leave home without it and if I forget it I come back to pick it up…
Today, I received the Shine by Misfit.
Basically it’s a small pod (containing 3 accelerometers) that you can wear as a clip (for the shoes or pocket), as a bracelet or as a necklace.
The Shine, as the Fuelband, promises to track your activity, day and night.
First, let’s unpack the Shine and open it to put in the battery (lifetime is about 6 months). Inside the package a plastic wristband, a clip, a battery and an handy tool to open the pod and insert the battery.
Then let’s sync it with the iPhone (free app to download on iTunes).
Launch the app, double tap the pod and place it on your iPhone screen in the red circle (sometimes it works when I keep it close to the iPhone, so I don’t have to unclip it).
The Shine splits each day in 4 sections: day, night, weight and friends.
As the other “health trackers app”, the Shine app allows you to set goals. Goals in term of activity, sleep and weight loss.
1. Day: the Shine tracks the activity like any other band. The activities are split by types and times (swimming, running, walking (pretty active, kinda active), …
You can create sessions too.
Just triple tap the pod and start tagging your activity.
30 minutes of land-surfing using the wristband got me about 200 points (while wearing it at the wrist, 4 bright lights on my pod).
2. Night: the pod tracks your sleep.
I set my goal at 8 hours of sleep, then when I go to bed, the tracking of my sleep starts. You can set an alarm to wake up the next morning.
Your sleep will be split between restful sleep vs light sleep periods. It will also tell you when you went to bed and woke up.
. The Fuelband doesn’t analyze your sleep. You just see the activity line on the bottom of your chart. It calculates the duration of your sleep and your average sleeping time.
. The Jawbone tracks your sleep in details with a split between deep and light sleep as well as awakening duration.
3. The weight loss or gain.
Weight yourself and add the results, the Shine will draw a nice chart.
4. You can also search for your friends having a Shine and add them so you can challenge them.
What about the battery?
3-4 days for the Fuelband and a week for the Jawbone,
Basically I should be good for 6 months with the Shine, then I just need to replace the battery!!
The pod is waterproof unlike the Fuelband and Jawbone.
What’s fun with the Shine is the fact that you have accessories to track the most effective way your daily activities (necklace, wristband or clip for the shoes (when you bike)).
I like the fact that I don’t have to charge the pod every 3-4 days, I can totally forget it.
I don’t have to take it off while having a shower or swimming in the pool.
Now biking and swimming count unlike the Fuelband and the Jawbone!
I’m ok with the fact that unlike the Fuelband I don’t have a screen to check my progress, instead I have 12 led lights blinking. And with a bit of practice I can also read the time and understand its blinking language.
I don’t like the fact that it contains a strong magnet that may interfere with my other tech devices (since I wear it, I didn’t notice any interferences yet).
ChaseIt or BChased ?
If I have to sum it up, I love this Shine and I hope more friends will switch to it so we can compare our activities. I’m ready to drop the Fuelband!
. the Apple Watch is supposed to be THE standard when we talk about connected bracelet. Priced at $399 for the lowest models, it should be released early 2015.
. The Shine is priced at $99
. Shine official website
. Follow @misfit