Choosing from the Misfit range of stylish activity trackers

California-based Misfit offers a range of health and fitness activity trackers. Now owned by Fossil, the company has been around since 2011, but has in this short time become one of the leading wearables brands with its line of sleek and inexpensive activity trackers.

Its name honors Steve Jobs, who died the day the company was founded. It was inspired by the 1997 commercial which debuted Apple’s “Think Different” slogan: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.”

Misfit activity trackers have zero cables, elegant designs, and no need to recharge – which makes them one of the best-looking, lowest-maintenance activity trackers. The devices, which track a good deal of activity, can be worn anywhere as they are very small and light.

Misfit made activity tracking accessible for everyone with its wearables. As something to look at, Misfit devices work well and we love their low-maintenance status and reasonable price. For people who want to be more proactive about their health and are interested in basic information but dont want to wear on obvious device – Misfit wearables may be the perfect choice.

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Misfit has, for the first time, decided to forgo simplicity with Misfit Vapor – a smartwatch with a digital touchscreen and many other features.

Tucked behind a sleek and vibrant 1.39-inch circular AMOLED display is an accelerometer, altimeter, gyroscope, optical heart rate sensor, GPS, and microphone. You will get music and GPS straight to your wrist – no phone required. Built-in location services will track your runs and activities while the optical heart rate sensor will monitor your ticker. The watch is also water resistant down to 50 meters.

Launched at CES 2017, the device will hit the market later in 2017 for $199. You will get to choose between a Jet Black and Rose Gold finish, both with matching bands.

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Phase is Misfit’s first analogue smartwatch. Announced in October 2016 this is a classic looking timepiece with a simple design. The 41mm case is crafted from cutting-edge materials including satin aluminum and stainless steel. You can easily interchange different 20mm strap styles via the quick-release spring pin.

Equipped with a 3-axis accelerometer, the device automatically tracks steps, distance, calories, and light and restful sleep. It then wirelessly sends all this information to your smartphone where you can see detailed graphs of your activity. You can also view your daily progress on the always on watch display. Simply toggle to activity mode by pressing the mode button on top right, and the watch’s hands will move to show your daily progress.

Vibration alerts will notify you of calls, texts, alarms and custom app notifications. There is also a small hole at the bottom of the display which shows different colored discs depending on the type of notification.

Don’t worry about charging the device. Just like most analogue smartwatches on the market, it features a non-charging, replaceable coin cell battery that lasts around 6 months. The watch is showerproof and swimproof to depths of 50 meters.

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Ray is an activity tracker made from aircraft-grade anodized aluminium that moves away from the circular shape that Misfit is well known for. Rather than many LEDs, there is only one which displays different colours to alert you to text, call and other notifications from your phone.

The fitness tracker is designed to be worn alongside a watch. The cylindrical body measures 38mm long and 12mm in diameter. Ray is extremely customizable and can be attached to a number of different accessories allowing you to wear it on your wrist or around your neck. It can even be tied right into your sneakers.

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The Shine 2 looks very much like its predecessor. It is however a bit larger in diameter. At only 8mm thick it is Misfit’s thinnest wearable ever.

The circle of 12 tiny LEDs now lights up in different colours, showing different patterns to show time, progress and other types of notifications. The LEDs on the Shine 2 are marginally easier to read in daylight than the LEDs on the original Shine, but only just. The device also features a capacitive touch sensor.

Not all updates are cosmetic in nature. In addition to the standard tri-axis accelerometer, Shine 2 sports a more powerful processor and a vibration motor that acts as a silent alarm and alerts you to important information. It also gives you a nudge if you’ve been stationary for too long. The device now contains a magnetometer which means that it potentially offers greater accuracy in tracking movement and distance travelled.

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strongest-77d09f26b23c978cdec6d0b991becbf0Misfit has partnered with Speedo to create a activity tracker designed specifically for swimmers. The device uses similar hardware to the earlier versions of the firm’s Shine, which was already water-resistant, but adds new algorithms to its firmware.

Speedo is worn on the wrist and capable of tracking both swim distance and lap count; regardless of swim stroke. It syncs with the Misfit app for iOS and Android and displays laps and swim distance, along with calories burned and points earned.

Misfit recently announced that two of its most popular trackers, the Shine 2 and Ray, can also now track laps and swim distance. The added functionality, which requires a one-off $10 purchase, is available via in-app upgrades for both iOS and Android.



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screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-7-45-46-pmSwarovski Shine comes from a partnership between the cut crystal specialists and Misfit. This device blends further the worlds of fashion and health and fitness wearables.

Swarovski Shine offers all the functions of its predecessors – i.e. it measures your daily activity and quality of sleep, and syncs wirelessly with your smartphone. It also has a battery life of up to 6 months. The main appeal to the device, however, is the giant Swarovski Crystal sitting on top of the wearable.

With a range of bracelets, bands and necklesses, the fitness tracker is now even more of a discreet part of your day to day wardrobe. The idea is that you can buy bands and necklaces to suit every occasion. The different jewelry-esque pieces are, of course, a bit pricier than the Misfit Flash or the original Misfit Shine.



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Launched in April 2017, Misfit’s latest fitness tracker packages existing technology into a different form factor.

Flare automatically keeps tabs on steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned and sleep (light and restful sleep). If you also use Misfit Link you can sync the device to do function as a “smart button”.

You can tag different activity types such as running, walking, tennis and more, but this will need to be done through the app as the tracker does not have automatic activity recognition. Misfit says, with a $9.99 in-app upgrade, you can bump up Flare to keep tabs on swimming as well. This will enable it to count swim laps and track swim distance for 25 and 50 meter pools, and count down a set swim time.

To check on your progress, double-tap on the circular screen. One flash of the white LED is 25%, two is 50%, three is 75%. When you reach your goal, you’ll get a bit of a light show. There are no reminders throughout the day to encourage you to move more, so you will need to rely on the LED lights. Some might consider this a good thing, but with a device weighing only 8.5 grams it can be all too easy to forget.

A CR1632 coin cell battery will keep Flare going for up to 6 months at which point you will need to replace the battery. Flare is also water resistant down to 50 metres so you can keep it on 24/7.

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Link is an entry level, extremely inexpensive activity tracker that also functions as a “smart button”. With a suggested retail price of $19.99 on Misfit’s website, it is one of the lowest priced activity trackers on the market. Link is crafted out of a special soft-touch plastic and the same polycarbonate used in space suits.

The device functions as a remote for toggling music remote controls and smartphone selfies. If you ignore the “smart button” function, in essence, the Link is practically the same as the Misfit Flash, only without that model’s wrist band. Which means that in addition to tracking steps, Link tracks calories and distance and displays a halo of lights that shows your progress toward your daily activity goal.



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Misfit Flash is a budget version of the Shine. The Flash is about twice as cheaper as its made out of less expensive “soft-touch” plastic. Being made out of the softer material, actually gives Flash one advantage over Shine – the front side of the device functions as one large button. Pressing it is the same as double tapping the Shine – a progress bar of your daily activity goal will appear followed by the time via its minimalistic 12 LED display.

Similar to its predecessor, Flash operates on a coin cell battery and does not require charging. It automatically tracks steps, calories burned, distance, sleep quality and duration, cycling, and swimming. Whereas the original Shine is water-resistant up to 50 metres, the Flash is water-resistant up to 30 metres.



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shine-2-longThe product that started it all for Misfit. Launched via Indiegogo in 2012, the Shine is an elegant activity and sleep tracker that aims to inspire you to live a more active life.

The wearable, which comes in a range of colors, is a mere 9 grams in weight and made of high grade aluminium. Looking more like jewellery than gadgetry, out of the box it can be worn in either a flat-profile silicone wristband, or in a tiny clasp which means it can be hooked to anything, most likely a belt loop or laces on a shoe.

Shine tracks running, walking, cycling, swimming and other sports. The Misft app then takes all of your hard work and turns that data into easy to read charts.

Around the edge of the device is an orange line that represents how far you’ve walked as a percentage of your daily goal. When all 12 lights shine, you’ve reached your daily goal. The lights around the border definitely add to the wow-factor of this unusual looking activity monitor. Through the mobile app, you can activate Watch Mode and with two taps to the face of the Shine, you can check the time, too.

Whenever you want to check your fitness progress, you can either tap the Shine to visually see how much progress you’ve made throughout the day – or you can use the app to view more detailed data.

The Shine also provides detail on your nightly deep, light and REM cycles. All importantly, the Shine automatically knows when you are asleep so there is no missed data. The low profile means it is comfortable to wear at night, maximising its effectiveness.

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