California-based Misfit offers a range of sleek and inexpensive 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.
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.”
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Misfit activity bands 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. There are also a few smartwatches on offer.
Misfit has in the case of Vapor 2 decided to forgo simplicity. The smartwatch has a digital touchscreen and many other features.
Tucked behind a sleek and vibrant AMOLED display is an accelerometer, altimeter, gyroscope, optical heart rate sensor and microphone. You’ll get music straight to your wrist – no phone required. Built-in GPS tracks your runs and activities while NFC allows you to make payments on the go.
Vapor 2 is also water resistant down to 30 meters and the company is promising about a day of battery life on a single charge. There are two different iterations to choose from – a 46 mm and a 41 mm variant. This makes the wearable a viable option for people of all wrist sizes.
You can also save a few bucks by opting for the first generation tracker. It comes with pretty much all of the above apart from the built-in GPS and NFC for payments.
Phase is Misfit’s first analogue smartwatch, a classic looking timepiece with a simple design. The water-resistant 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 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.
No need to worry about charging. Just like most analogue smartwatches on the market, it features a non-charging, replaceable coin cell battery that lasts around 6 months.
Misfit Command is the company’s second stab at something that promises to track fitness while looking appropriate for a formal dinner. The timepiece brings together a clean, modern and unobtrusive look on the outside, and latest high tech smarts on the inside.
Mind you, Command will only provide the basics when it comes to tracking your fitness. With a built-in accelerometer, you will just get info on your steps, distance, calories and sleep. Don’t look for a heart rate monitor, its not there.
There is also some smartwatch functionality. This includes notifications for messages, reminders, calendar appointments, a smart button function. Connect features a small sub-dial with little icons letting you know exactly what you’re looking at.
The watch packs a non-charging battery that lasts up to one year, the longest battery life on a Misfit device to date. Its swim-proof up to 50 meters, too, so you don’t have to worry about taking it off in the water.
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.
As something to look at, the devices works well and we love its 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 – Ray may be a great choice.
This is the 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.
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.
Shine tracks running, walking, cycling, swimming and other sports. The Misfit app then takes all of your hard work and turns that data into easy to read charts. It will keep tabs on your sleep too (Deep, Light and REM cycles).
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.
Launched in April 2017, Flare packages existing technology into a new form factor. You’ll get the basics in terms of activity tracking and if you use Misfit Link, you can sync the device to do function as a “smart button”.
Users 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, too. 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.
Misfit 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.
Swarovski 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.
Link is an entry level, extremely inexpensive activity tracker whose main novelty is that it functions as a “smart button”. With a suggested retail price of $19.99 on Misfit’s website, this 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.
Misfit Flash is a budget version of the Shine. Retailing at about twice as less, it is 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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