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Michael Kors - Access Runway Smartwatch 41mm Stainless Steel - Gold Stainless Steel-Front_Standard

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 59 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful. Elegant. Stunning. But that's about it.

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    MarkusKong
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    Michael Kors - Access “Runway” Smartwatch (MKT5046) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ***** The Review ***** My oh my is this Michael Kors smartwatch a beauty. I must say so myself, this smartwatch is a head turner for sure. You will definitely not be short on compliments. But the key thing to that you’re probably wondering… How does it operate/work? How comfortable is it? Well, let’s go ahead and dive right in to see. Setting up the Michael Kors Access smartwatch was extremely simple. One thing to note is that if you’re looking for some sort of manual, you’ll be left surprised that there’s only a start up guide. I feel like throughout my experience with this smartwatch, it would’ve been nice to have some sort of operations manual to show you all the neat features you can do as opposed to trying to figure things out on your own as you go. With this Michael Kors Access smartwatch, not only does it look stunning but it fits really comfortable as well. The smartwatch is a bit heavy but it’s definitely manageable. During workout sessions, you don’t have to worry so much about it sliding around; even if you are the type to sweat a good amount. Keep in mind, this Michael Kors Access smartwatch is water resistant, not waterproof. Although this smartwatch is designed to look more “classy” as opposed to other smartwatches, don't be fooled! It’s designed to look elegant yet be durable at the same time. If you need to remove link(s) on the smartwatch, you can either take it somewhere to do professionally or be like me and just YouTube a video on how to remove the links. It’s not too difficult to be honest. One thing to note here about the Michael Kors Access smartwatch is that it has its own unique proprietary charger. This may be a turn-off for some as some may want to buy a 3rd party charger but Michael Kors has done an excellent job with the design of their charger. It’s constructed so that it makes it more difficult for the watch to slide/fall off when charging. Since we’re speaking about charging, the battery life of the Michael Kors Access smartwatch is not as great as I’d like it to be. From just notifications alone without really using the smartwatch, at midday it already dropped to about 50%. In the morning on a full charge, it dropped 5% without me really doing anything at all. Most of the pros I listed above… If you’re looking for the cons, well here we go: Watch is not fully compatible with iphone. Limitation between Wear OS and iOS. I can see notifications of text, emails and calls but cannot reply to text or emails. I can answer the call but will need to use the phone to talk as opposed to speaking into the watch. The watch highlights this “Google Fit” feature but it’s very easy to use when you’re doing the basics but any other type of workouts, you have to scroll through ALL these variety of “activities” you can choose from. You keep scrolling and scrolling to get to “swimming” or “Other” where it only tracks time, not calories or anything else. I can control Pandora if it’s running on my phone. There is about a 3-5 sec delay for each button to take but that’s not a big deal, I suppose. However, for people like me who do not take public transportation or walk around a lot, this feature will be used little to none. I can put the watch on battery saving mode but this is basically putting the watch into airplane mode as it disables location services, wifi, mobile data, vibrations(for notifications). Since the phone and watch is constantly syncing, guess that’s the reason why it’s draining so quickly. Alarm feature is standalone where it does not sync with iPhone’s alarm. When the alarm goes off, you actually have to go into the alarm and turn it off as opposed to having it pop up on the screen to snooze/turn off which is a bit strange. Calendar, you’re able to select in Wear OS app between apple or google. It’s a bit wonky with the Apple calendar. Luckily I already use Google calendar and it shows up fine but I cannot add or modify or delete any calendar events from the watch. Overall, I have to say that the Michael Kors Access Runway Smartwatch is elegant, beautiful, yet durable. It will definitely have your friends, co-workers, relatives and random strangers ask you about it. But that is where it kinda ends in my opinion. I had so much trouble trying to use the smartwatch with my iPhone. At this current moment, I wouldn’t be able to recommend this beauty to anyone I know. Although it’s stylish, it doesn’t fit the needs of someone that needs a “smartwatch”. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ***** Quick Features on the Product ***** Compatible with Android phones and iPhone Calendar, SMS, email and social apps notifications Touch, tap and swipe for easy menu navigation Stainless steel case Water-resistant design Wireless connection to your device Comprehensive monitoring Vibrate mode Built-in battery --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ***** What's in the box ***** Michael Kors Access Runway Smartwatch Wireless Charge (USB) Watch Piece to Change Strap Quick Start Guide Warranty Manual

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice watch, but needs improvement.

    Posted
    91preludesi
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    This watch has a nice classic look. It's rose gold and has the two buttons and rotary knob on the side. In order for it to fit my wife I had to remove about four links, which without the proper tools took some work, but that would be the same for all watches. Setup is quick and easy, you just follow the instructions on the watch to pair your phone and find your wifi network. The included book is quite large, but doesn't really contain much information. It's just a few sentences in a lot of different languages. The faces are easily customized and there are many different color options to choose from for each different area of the dial. Of course there are additional watch faces that you can download to fit your style. Now, on to some negatives that I've found. First, and this will be huge for a lot of people, if you have an iPhone, then this watch will basically just be a watch and fitness tracker. While it can connect to your phone via bluetooth, that's it. You will not be able to check your email or send or receive messages on this watch. This seems backwards to me as most manufacturers build to iOS before any other OS since they are all the same versus the many different OS of other phone manufacturers. Not having the ability to read emails or send and receive messages is a dealbreaker for me. This is basic stuff that any smartwatch should be able to do. I'm sure support for these functions will be available in the future, but it is not currently supported. Next, you will want to be careful with this watch. I'm sure the glass is strong, however, the screen is fully exposed with no bezel to protect it. This isn't terrible as this isn't meant to be a rugged watch, but it is something to be mindful of. For as limited as this watch is, (lack of emails/messages/notifications, etc.), the battery life seems short. After four hours of wearing it and only checking the time twice, the battery went from 100% to 89%. You will most likely need to charge it every night. For reference, I use my Samsung Gear S3 Frontier every day. From 100% charge, checking the time many times a day, along with receiving roughly 20 emails per day and several text messages (which I use the watch to respond to), my battery will last two full days. By 6:00 pm the second day my battery will still be at 30-35%. As for the charger, it is a simple disc about the size of a quarter and is magnetic. You simply slide it on the back of the watch. It does charge quickly. The back of the watch has a bulge which is used for the heartrate monitor. This makes the watch a little uncomfortable as it presses into your wrist. I believe it should be flat like any other watch. Overall, if you're looking for a statement piece, then this is a great watch. If you're looking for a feature packed watch, I would look elsewhere. If you're on Android, you will have a better experience with this watch.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great style, meh overall

    Posted
    psyclopps
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    After a few days with the Michael Kors Access smartwatch, it appears to be a product that is good but not great.It is wonderful for notifications and style but has some usability issues. Here is my full review. Liked: This thing looks amazing, in rose gold it looks like any other high end watch my Michael Kors with no sacrifice in appeal or quality. The watch is not too thick and it feels extremely durable just like an analog watch. Setup is easy, download the Wear OS app and follow the instructions, it will link to Google Fit and is mostly automated. Download the google fit app as well so you can track your activity. The screen is amazing. The OLED colors pop and are great in all lighting conditions. The buttons feel sturdy and the dial is useful for scrolling around the interface. Notifications work well and are reliable. The watch bands are interchangeable, the unit comes with the metal band and a extra clasp. You can buy new bands from Michael Kors, I believe they sell leather ones as well. Fitness tracking works well over a large range of exercises. The heart rate monitor does a good job and the step tracker seems accurate enough. Google fit syncs up with a lot of different apps for overall health tracking. It is supposed to be swim proof and includes GPS for runs. Battery life is not too bad. If I take it off the charger at 7:45 AM I will be at about 45% by 9 PM. Since it doesn’t do sleep tracking I just put it on the charger for the night. Disliked: The watch does not do sleep tracking. If it does I never figured out how since it doesn’t seem to be baked into any of the apps in any obvious way. The unit felt laggy to me. This happens a lot shortly after setup as can be somewhat expected due to the setup and downloading of apps, but even after full setup, there were times where the interface felt sluggish. I like the dial navigation but movement and scrolling isn’t as smooth as I would have liked with this. I don’t think this watch is really designed for fitness as it is more of a high end metal design, there is no included silicon strap and it is somewhat heavy. The interface works but it is not the most intuitive thing out there, you will have to fumble with various scrolling to get to where you want. I wasn’t able to wear it the first day since I needed to get it resided. I took it to Michael Kors and they did it for free for me. Summary: The pros outweigh the cons of this watch to me but the drawbacks felt like enough to hold it back from being a great watch and keeps it in just the average territory. It felt much more like form over function to me. It is useful and practical. If I were solely rating it on looks, it would be a perfect score, but with the Wear OS integration it is more of a 3 out of 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Smartwatch, Not-so-great Packaging

    Posted
    DarthNeyehilus
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    This MK smartwatch is among the classiest-looking smartwatches around. Google Wear is snappy as the operating system, and notifications work well. Changing the look was smooth, and everything is intuitive one you understand how the touch screen controls work. The biggest issue with this watch is that MK doesn't include anyway of adjusting the size on board. Maybe that is the standard way, but since the stainless steel chains have to be removed via a special jewelry tool, I felt it necessary that the company include one. I found the health and heart rate monitoring systems to be fairly accurate, and using it for work outs was easy enough, though slightly heavy. Even paired with an iPhone, Google Wear and this watch were able to sync and work well. The only issue is you can't utilize replying to emails or messages, but more than likely you're not buying this watch if you have an Apple device. The only other item worth mentioning is battery life. This is crucial for any smartwatch, and while the packaging claims 24-hours of use, I found that to be inflated. It can last all day, yes, but with normal wear and use, it was dead by the end. Overall, the watch is great. It's very stylish, snappy to the touch, has a solid screen, and feels like a premium device. The only two drawbacks are the sluggish battery life, and no inclusion of a way to adjust the size from the start. I feel that's a pretty significant problem, as reflected by the rating.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    Posted
    AsiaLovely1
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    I have wanted an MK smartwatch from the first moment I learned about it. But, I was very disappointed honestly. I was very excited and hopeful. Out of the box immediately I noticed that the watch was very lightweight which to some may be a good thing but I think it feels a little cheap (and its definitely not). The band it comes with also feels cheap and the process to take the links out to adjust it is horrendous to say the least ( I almost broke the watch) And I also had to look it up on YouTube on how to adjust it. I have really big wrists due to my weight and things usually dont fit so I was surprised I had to even adjust it. My advice is to just get it sized at an MK location or a watch shop its not worth the hassle. The battery life is laughable. What is the point of having a smartwatch if you have to disable everything in order for it to last just a full shift? The watch is great looking, very vibrant colors, smooth transitions I know its MK but the above cons really outweigh everything thats good about it in my opinion. Another good thing it charges really fast but that doesn't make up for the short battery life.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice Looking Watch, apps lacking-band tricky

    Posted
    hokie00
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    The watch looks great. The initial startup worked okay. It took a little work to get linked up but not too difficult. The main issues I had are the band it comes with is a metal link and unless you have jeweler's tools you will need to pay a watch shop/jeweler to adjust the length. It is set larger than an average woman's size wrist. Also out of nowhere the app notifications stopped working correctly, then I found out my Verizon Messenger app is not supported by the watch. Last (for the negatives) since it's a smart watch and includes features like a pedometer and heart rate, the type of band included doesn't seem the best match. A strap band might be better (a matching buckle is included if you chose to switch). I felt like I was going to get it sweaty while on the treadmill and it would be a pain to clean. Now the goodies. The watch looks great, and has a lot of features which I am still figuring out. It syncs find with my android phone and has features like turning off notifications when not wearing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    More Functionality With Android Than iPhone

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    PapawJeff
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    This is a beautiful watch but many of its functions of course are limited somewhat when paired with an iPhone. But to varying degrees thats true with any android smart watch. You can read but not respond to messages and emails but not reply to them. Its a bit bigger than a regular womans watch but much smaller would make it nearly useless. The battery life is terrible. Around 12 hours with the motion activation on and 18 with it off, so its pretty much a nightly charge. Its waterproof for around 3 feet according to the manufacturer. Instructions provided with the watch are very lacking. You will find much more information online than is in the book.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice looking watch

    Posted
    Christina
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    Gorgeous watch but battery doesn’t even last 24 hours. Despite other reviews the set up for the device was easy. I only bought because I got a good deal on the watch, not worth full price. I had a fitbit Alta HR for about 2 years then it finally gave out but off of 1 charge the battery would last 4 days. I would just buy a Garmin smartwatch or another Fitbit. I do not recommend this watch.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Watch

    Posted
    Headphones
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    I received this as a Christmas gift. It stated on box that it was iPhone compatible but no it’s not. The watch kept resetting and loose connection to my phone. It became very annoying. I returned it and bought an Apple Watch. I believe it works better with Samsung

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very nice looking. Won't last all day

    Posted
    Daniel
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    This review is simple: This watch is very nice looking and seemingly well built. Wear OS behaves as expected from any Wear OS watch. The battery life is terrible. I can't recommend a smart watch that doesn't reliably last an entire day with even moderate use.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend