First, let me say that both the Misfitwearables SHINE and the Jawbone UP and their accompanying apps are very good. Each accomplishes the assigned purpose – movement tracking. The ability to quantify how you are progressing in your exercise program can be an incentive to improve your health.
Now that I’ve said that, let’s get down to the detail of why, for me, the SHINE is the best product.
SHINE Activity Tracker $119.95
Jawbone UP $129.00
TIE: Not much difference in price.
The SHINE app is not quite as colorful as UP, but the design is crisp, easy to read and, like UP, motivating. It would be nice if it connected to other apps in the way that UP by does. Both apps track activity and sleep.
One downside is that you have to change activities within the app, and resync to capture a specific activity. Misfitwearables continues to work on this functionality and improve how it works.
A second downside is there isn’t a way to capture the food you are eating. Perhaps that will be something that will be added in the future. For me it isn’t a deal breaker. I am a big fan of MyFitnessPal.
The UP app has a colorful display that collects information and helps keep you informed. Where UP gets a few points is its ability to connect to other apps. You can connect to MyFitnessPal, IFTTT, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, GymPact, Wello, Tictrac, Sleepio, Withings, Lose It!, CarePass from Aetna and Notch. For instance, meals entered in MyFitnessPal are transferred to the UP display screen and conversely, exercise on the UP is transferred to MyFitnessPal. I have to admit that is cool.
Other apps can track your movement without the expense of an additional device, like MOVES, IMapMyWalk or NIke+Running. But, in order to capture every movement you have to have them in your pocket or hand all the time. A wearable device does make tracking easier.
Another potential positive, depending on your desire to share, is that the UP app also allows you to interact with other UP band users.
WIN: The UP apps connectivity with other apps and friends gives it the edge. But, it is only a small edge. Time may bring connectivity to the SHINE app.
SHINE – Slim design. Opportunity to wear it in different ways (necklace, wristband or clip). There are currently no options on color. The band is easily adjustable for any size wrist.
Extra features: WIth the SHINE you can tap it to see how you are doing towards your activity goals. And, after you see your goals, the lights show you the time. Tapping three times signals the device that you are going to sleep. The reason I choose the SHINE in the first place is the fact that it is waterproof. You can swim in it! A bonus for the SHINE is the ability for it to correctly record time spent on my stationary bike. For this action you need to wear the device on your shoes or, as I do, attach them to the bottom of my shorts leg.
Syncing can be done while you are wearing the band. The Bluetooth features captures your data.
Downside: Judging from the tweets, the fact that the device is so light weight has caused some people to lose it. When you have it on the clip, it is highly magnetic and is attracted to other nearby metallic objects.
UP – various color options and sizes.
Extra Features: As noted earlier, it does come in different colors. That’s a nice option for some people. I like the alarm feature. It is a nice way to wake up. I also like the ability to set the band to buzz you to remind you to move. It is a little clunky to tap it to tell it you are starting an activity and to sleep.
Downside: You do have to take the device off to sync it. It’s not a lot of trouble, but it does leave the door open to lose the small cap. I have read that some people have done that. I didn’t find it difficult to keep track of mine.
WIN: SHINE. Here’s where I think the SHINE wins the battle.
- Not only does it have a thin format, but you have the option of wearing it on your wrist or neck and having it visible or clipping it to your shoes, bra or shorts.
- Comfort. At times I don’t even remember I have it on. The design is so sleek, you don’t mind being seen with it on and, should you choose not to have it show, you can easily tuck it away.
- Usability. You can see how you are doing during the day without syncing. And, in a quirky way, it can double as a watch.
SHINE: It is connected to your phone via Bluetooth and syncs continually giving you the ability to see how you are progressing during the day. The downside to that is that it does use up more battery life.
UP: In order to sync your device, you take off the cap and plug it into the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The upside to UP is that you don’t drain your battery with Bluetooth.
Tie: The SHINE wins for ease of use.
SHINE: Uses a CR2032 coin cell battery. The battery is expected to last three months.
UP: A charger comes with the device. A single charge lasts two weeks.
Tie: The SHINE wins for time and the UP wins for being a little greener.
I am not a data expert, so I can’t really say for sure which device was correct. The UP recorded a little higher number of steps. On average the SHINE recorded more sleep.
WIN: SHINE. It may not be fair to call this a win. LIkely one is more correct than the other. But activities differ and the ability to track all of my activities pushes this one over to the win category.
SHINE: The device that is comfortable to wear and easier to use is the one that you will use the most. I’m not only a fan, but an evangelist for the product.
Having declared the SHINE the winner of the two, I still wouldn’t say that the Jawbone UP is a bad investment. The app for Jawbone UP is super connected to other apps and some people may find that attractive.
One last note: The UP indicates the band is hypoallergenic and no doubt the SHINE site does as well. The skin on my wrist reacts to both of them. Not immediately, but with continued use. The SHINE is an extra plus for me because I don’t have to wear it on my wrist.