- - Sunday, December 21, 2014

Waterproof, no charging cable, tells time? Not bad for a watch, but a new twist on fitness trackers. The Misfit Shine is making a mark in the wearables market with its style, design and features. My first thought when I opened the box was the sleek look and the fact that it does more than the average fitness tracker. The tap-face watch might take a few attempts to get used to, but when you get the hang of it, you may not reach for your phone to see what time it is again. About the size of two stacked quarters with a rubber wrist band and a magnetic clip in case you want to wear it as a pedometer come in the box with additional accessories sold for other wear configurations. 

If you do wear it as a pedometer on your waistband or as a necklace, remember to put it back on the when you go to bed in whatever configuration you have it in, because it does an excellent job of tracking your sleep. 

The Shine also talks to your smartphone via Bluetooth to sync with a dedicated application for iOS and Android devices. I like the application sync screen, its shaped in a circle and is the same size as the Shine so you can tap the screen with the Shine itself. The app is pretty much “what-you-see-is-what-you-get,” and it really is enough to keep you informed and motivated enough to stay active to either meet your goal or set new ones once you progress beyond your initial. The Shine app also allows you to link to your Facebook account to see what your friends are doing.

I really like the Shine for its variety of colors, the different ways it can be worn, ease of setup, additional compatibility with some 3rd-party applications, the fact that there isn’t a “recharge cable” and it gives me the satisfaction of knowing that I am tracking my activity, my sleep and can check the time; while it’s stylish to boot!

You can pickup the Misfit Shine on their website and at major retail stores for gift giving — including for yourself.

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