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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

    Beautiful Watch. Wife loves it. iPhone limitations

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    dorkhead2
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    This review is from the perspective of an iPhone user and a first-time smartwatch wearer. My wife has been the primary user of this watch. She is an iPhone user and was looking for a smartwatch that would provide some basic functionality, such as displaying text messages, notifying her of phone calls, counting steps, etc. This watch does all this but with some limitations if you’re an iPhone user. If you are aware of these limitations going in, you’ll be happy with this watch because of its design and beauty. It’s important to note that the primary operating system on this watch is Google’s Wear OS. If you are an Android phone user running the latest Android operating system, this watch will support even more functionality. I’ll outline the differences in functionality between the two OS’s next. Otherwise, if you’re an iPhone user, Apple does not allow non-Apple hardware to support some of its native functions, such as using the watch as a phone, replying to messages on the watch itself, Siri integration, and Maps and directions support. What is does support is visual notifications and vibrations when a call is received on your iPhone. You can answer the phone call on the watch, but you’ll have to use the phone to carry-on the conversation. When a message comes in, either through iMessage or another messaging app like Facebook’s Messenger, you’ll also get a visual and vibration notification on the watch. The watch will allow you to read your message in full, but if you want to respond, you’ll need to use the phone to message back. To some, like my wife, this is preferred; she can respond faster typing on the phone. So she is not bothered by this limitation. Regarding the syncing of Calendars, this watch does natively connect with the Calendar app on her iPhone. She can view all her upcoming appointments and receive notifications on the watch. In fact, the top right physical button on the watch is dedicated to the basic Michael Kors app. Since she hardly uses that app, she was able to remap the button to open the Calendar app instead. The ability to remap the hardware buttons is a nice setting and option made available on this watch. Continuing with the watch’s functionality, a significant feature she was really looking forward to is the watch’s ability to count the number of steps she takes each day, along with the many other health features it offers. Overall, she is really satisfied with the watch’s performance in this area. She normally uses her iPhone to count her steps, but she can’t keep track of her steps while working out. She doesn’t wear her phone on her while using workout machines or during her kick boxing classes. Now, she wears this watch during her workouts and it keeps track of her steps in whole. She even did a comparison between her iPhone’s count and the Michael Kors watch’s count on total steps, and they were both consistently close to each other. I even asked her about its size. The watch face is 41mm, that’s about the largest size of a face you’ll find in a women’s watch, and there’s a little weight to it too, but she says it feels fine on her throughout the day and during her workouts. The online instruction manual does recommend sliding the watch up the wrist further when using it during a workout. She followed those instructions and it stays in place above her wrist while working out. She did note that she thinks the calorie count is a little off (a little too high), but it’s not a deal breaker for her because she keeps track of her calories in other ways. All these health features built into this watch is driven by the Google Fit app. So over time, little things like the calorie count can be improved with future software updates. Another functionality of this watch that she uses while working out, is its ability to control her music on her phone. While playing music from a playlist, she can skip songs from the watch’s interface without have to touch her phone. We did notice that this feature is sluggish when it’s first initiated on the watch, but after a minute or two of playing music, it became much more responsive. Keeping with the health theme, she was able to customize one of the included Michael Kors watch faces to display information she is most interested in seeing. For example, in one face, she removed the heartrate monitor and placed the step counter on the screen instead (see pic). In another face, she included the date, day of the week, and step counter on the display (see pic). Like I mentioned above, because this watch runs a Google OS, it can integrate better with Android phones. Some of the things it does when connected to an Android phone is being able to respond by voice and/or by typing on the watch itself when responding to messages, ask for and receive turn-by-turn directions through Google Maps from the watch face, and initiate phone calls from the watch itself. Please note that this model only includes a mic for taking commands, or for communicating with the built in Google Assistant. It does not include a speaker for producing sound or audio of any kind. Overall, my wife is happy with this watch. She doesn’t use all it’s features, but the ones she does use work effectively. Even though there are limitations between this watch and the iPhone, she is not bothered by them. She is quite happy with its functionality, and definitely happy with its look and design. She would recommend it to others if they are looking to use it in a similar way as her.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stylish but with limited functionality on iOS

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    nickcal
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    When I was first introduced to the world of smart watches, I was intrigued and impressed that all my communications could be managed from such a tiny device. It was like I was in an episode of Star Trek or some other Sci-Fi show. Being an Apple fan, I was of course drawn to the Apple Watch and at first, I thought some of the other smartwatches were really behind technology-wise. I feel like other systems like WearOS by Google have come a long way and when I was given the opportunity to check out this gorgeous smartwatch by Michael Kors, I didn’t let the fact that it wasn’t an Apple Watch keep me from using it. I actually got this watch for my grandmother. She is 85 years old and this summer, she got very sick with an infection. The infection cleared up thankfully, but she had a lot of extended care at home with physical and occupational therapy. They would check her vitals every time they came to visit and we began to think that it would be a good idea to have a smartwatch on her to monitor her heart rate and other activities more often then their visits. As it would happen, her simple wristwatch needed a battery. Since she was due for a new watch, we just replaced it with this beautiful smartwatch. The band of the watch is a standard link-based band. The watch does come with the clasp-style closure pre-installed but you can swap it out for a buckle-style closure, which is included in the box.. And the links can be removed, but a tool isn’t included. Since we did not have a link watch adjustment tool available, we visited a local jeweler and had several links removed from the band so that it would fit my grandmother’s wrist. This was a delicate balance because the watch features the heart rate sensor on the back of the watch face, which needs to have a solid connection to the wearer’s skin, but she likes her watches a little loose. We ended up finding a good balance between her comfort and what the watch needed for connectivity. One of the main things that the watch needs is a smart phone or tablet to connect to. My grandmother doesn’t have a smartphone, but she does use her iPad quite a bit. So, we connected the watch to the WearOS app for Apple devices. The app is not optimized for use on an iPad so the screen is. viewable in portrait mode only. The data does transfer over as it should but there is limited functionality between the WearOS and iOS systems. For example, you will get a notification of an incoming call (if you have the watch connected to a phone), but you can’t answer it on the watch. The call will be answered on the phone. Another limitation has to do with the Calendar. If you use Google Calendar, you won’t have any issues, but if you use Apple Calendar, the translation is a little funny. For my purposes — being able to track health stats on my grandmother — it works great. But if you are looking for a fully functional smartwatch, you might want to pair this one with an Android device rather than an Apple one. As far as style goes, this watch really steps up the game. It looks like a high-end wrist watch. The detail work is phenomenal and it really shines. I don’t think there is any other watch out there that can stand up to it as far as style goes. I can recommend this smartwatch based on its ease of use and style. I would, however, caution users about the limited functionality with iOS smartphones and tablets as that might be cause for a below-average user experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun and Functional

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    PracticalSandy
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    The Michael Kors Smartwatch is beautiful and I like how you can change the watch face from your phone. That was only after I spent about an hour figuring out exactly how to pair the phone with the watch (which took two times) and download apps on the watch. The instructions that come with the watch have just two steps - 1) charge the watch and 2) download the app and pair. Then you are supposed to follow instructions on the watch. While it was easy enough to do - it did not sync properly the first time so I uninstalled and started over. The second time it worked but in order for some of the apps to work, I had to install them on the watch even though they were on the phone. Figuring out how to use the watch (slide right, left, up, down - use the buttons on the side) took some time. I still have yet to know what "looks" are - will have to Google that. My husband had to take out two links - the watch is very comfortable (and waterproof). But... after getting things set up and using the watch for over a week, I must say it is very convenient and fun to have. I got it to better monitor my fitness and sleep (and to motivate me). I like the sleep app (does not come with it but pairs with one I downloaded on my phone) and the Fit program which monitors activity including steps and heart rate. It helps to have a goal and to be able to see it quickly and easily. I also like the notifications on the phone for emails and texts, which will be quite helpful when in meetings or attending conferences - it is less distracting to people around you to look at a watch rather than be on your phone. It has fun features like a new quote each day, and with Google Assistance (OK Google) you can ask it or tell it to do just about anything from send a text to get directions. It has a microphone, but not speakers so getting use to the interaction with your phone takes time. The learning curve for the watch is big, and the online Michael Kor video tutorials are too simplistic. But there are more and more user videos that are helpful and the more I use the watch, the more I like the convenience and functionality of it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stylish and multipurpose

    Posted
    CoppinFam
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    The Michael Kors Google Access watch is nothing less of stunning. The rose gold band is rather light, and one would hardly notice its weight. It’s pairing is quite simple, after downloading the app, you turn on your Bluetooth and simply wait. The app itself does have a few kinks in it, when paired with the watch and any other bluetooth connection, such as headphones, will become unstable. You also have to have the app running in the background in order for the watch to be connected. The watch does require an update upon pairing, so be sure to be in a place with a stable internet connect for the watch to connect to. After the update, and there may be more than one, there’s a short tutorial on all the watch’s basic features. The extra apps, including google translate, are simple enough to use on their own. In the settings, there are several watch faces available to use if the default if one doesn’t quite fit your style. There are even interactive faces that react to your touch. In addition, you can add your own personal watch face as well. The watch itself is very nice, apart from its slightly off gyroscope. When tilting your wrist, the screen should come on; however, there are several instances in which this does not happen. Though turning the “tilt to wake” off is an option, you have to disable it in the settings. Other than that, it runs quite smoothly and is quite worth the buy. It’s multi-purpose, and stylish. Would I recommend to friends and family? Absolutely, overall this is a really nice watch!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Attractive watch but expensive; avg battery life

    Posted
    KusMoG
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    If you're looking for decent apps and own an Android phone, the Michael Kors Access smartwatch is a good watch to consider. The watch looks beautiful and thankfully the display uses the entire screen instead of the "flat-tire" display. It is really convenient for those who put their phones away in their bag. Obviously, the case against getting a smartwatch is that your phone already does the same things, but I found myself catching a lot more of my notifications and phone calls with a smartwatch on. It's waterproof enough for you to go swimming with it, which I doubt anyone would with this sort of watch... but it gives you the peace of mind of nothing bad happening to it when you're caught in the heavy rain without an umbrella. Or if you need to clean the watch under tap water. The native apps on Wear OS are so much better than the apps on a Samsung Galaxy Watch, which is another watch Android phone users could consider. The Google Assistant is actually competent and useful whereas Bixby on the Galaxy Watch is an embarrassment and a waste of space on the watch. My main negative with this watch is its battery life, which hasn't really improved much over the years. It still won't last you a full day, as in 24 hours. The argument people use is that people aren't awake the whole 24 hours, but that doesn't give me peace of mind, especially if you're traveling. Expect to charge the watch every evening.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classy Smart Watch

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    skylord
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    This is my first smart watch, and I really love it! The notifications are great, I love seeing the messages, emails and who is calling. The only con is that I can't take calls on it - I'm on an iPhone. I can answer calls, but I can't actually talk to anyone, I have to pick up the phone for that. The battery life is not bad considering all the notifications I received. I can get a whole day out of it. The charger is cool, you put on the back of the watch face and it charges quickly, about 1.5 hours to full charge. The Google Fit is easy to use and works well. You can change the watch face to all kinds, and there's some really cool ones. The band is long, I had 2 links removed so it would fit better. Set up was easy, just download the app and sync. No problems! It's also a very beautiful watch, the face is not too big and looks great on. I'm happy with this watch and definitely recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Michael Kors Watch_Features

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    Smart
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    The design of the watch and is. The features are also good for a smart watch, but one of the most important features in smart watches is lacking. The ability to talk on the watch for voice dial. with other smart watches one can make calls and talk on the watch, but MK's does not. My wife actually returned it because of this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Looking

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    momdoo
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    I love this watch The only problem I see is even when I start out with a fully charged watch if I use it for the walking workout, it runs out of battery so fast. Otherwise love it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Few Directions on how to use

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    Hello
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    Beautiful smart watch but there were few directions on how to use. 3 weeks later and still trying to figure out all the functions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great but too fancy for me

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    Bobby510
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    It looks really good but it's hard to fit it with an informal lifestyle honestly. Unless your some hot shot lawyer or at lartues I guess lol.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    ok...

    Posted
    Katie
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    I wish you could talk through the watch... you can answer your phone from the watch but you have to actually have you phone to talk.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect price

    Posted
    Mata
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    Works, great. Only wish I could make calls on it. But for the price it is perfect. Great gift for wife.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great looking watch

    Posted
    soonernationjmc
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    Very nice watch. It would be nice if it had more iPhone functionality though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gift for mother

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    Alex
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    Mother loved it, setup instructions were confusing

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent smart watch

    Posted
    Javier
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    Nice software, good Quality, the price is to high.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend