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

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 38 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very nice looking. Won't last all day

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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Looking

    Posted
    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

    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: 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're 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 don't 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 doesn't 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's 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'dn'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: 1 out of 5 stars

    Mediocre Smart Watch At Best

    Posted
    InternationalZeus
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    For purposes of this review, I will not list all the specs of this watch as they are readily available on-line and/or via other reviews. The watch itself is a beautiful rose gold and has a nice build quality. Unfortunately, as noted by other reviewers, this watch has limited "smart" features. Also, for a fitness device, this watch is heavy and bulky. When doing heavy cardio or even pilates/yoga I found this watch to be cumbersome at best. Battery life was very poor as well given the lack of "smart" features of this watch.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Smartwatch, Not-so-great Packaging

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    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's 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stylish Smart Watch and Sporty

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    Mark
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    I got this for my girlfriend. The Rose gold gives this watch a sophisticated look. You can also use it for jogging or cycling, how cool is that? You'll have to download an app to take advantage of all the features. My girlfriend sync up her spotify from her apps, she controls its through her watch. The watch itself has a built in speaker but you can barely hear it to be honest. I haven't tried to sync it to headphones. One thing I didn't like was that I wasn't able to reply back to text messages through the watch. I have to use my phone. I have to do this when someone calls as well. The battery life isn't a lot to brag about, it last almost all day if you don't use it so much, the watch itself is advertise at 24 hrs. If you try to use the smart saver mode it basically goes to airplane mode. I don't know why everyone is complaining about the comparability w/ iphones, the sync up was very easy. Finally, this watch is very stylish and its Michael Kors! My girlfriend has gotten a lot of compliments on her watch. I would recommend to anyone!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stylish and multipurpose

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    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 doesn't 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great style, meh overall

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    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 isn't 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 isn't 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 doesn't 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 isn't 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

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great looking Digital watch - that makes me smart!

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    EagleCroft
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    Nice watch! I've heard that many times during my first few weeks with the MK Runway smartwatch. This particular smartwatch is a departure from I'd come across because it's a beautiful merger of classic watch aesthetics with digital technology. From side angles you might mistake this digital watch for an analog one. Early smartwatches were a lot like early hybrid cars. They were overdone, and made to look too out of the ordinary. Now hybrid cars are looking more mainstream, and so are smartwatches. I'm a watch freak, with a collection of over 25 watches. I'm a fan of design, engineering and technology. The Runway has found a home in my watch collection sitting next to a full mechanical watch that runs off of gears not electrons. The MK Runway uses the Wear OS by Google, which keeps getting better with every update. There are so many features available to the wearer that it'll keep you busy during many lunch breaks figuring it out and setting it up. MK makes it a lot easier to do this by providing video tutorials that walk you through configuration. Very helpful! For me I mostly use the smart features for getting messages, being notified when I get a call. Letting me know when I've an appointment. As I've gotten older it's nice to have a device to remind me of things I might have otherwise forgotten. Speaking of getting old. My eyesight gets crappier every passing year. Reading glasses (i.e. cheaters), are a part of my life now. A benefit of the Runway watch is it's large very bright and very accurate AMOLED display. I can almost see it without my glasses on! LOL! The Google OS software allows me also to make the fonts larger, and if that doesn't help the Google Assistant can be set up to tell me the time audibly just by saying "Hello Google - please tell me the time". I find the Assistant to be as good as Amazon's Echo technology, and better than Apple's SIRI. I should mention that I'm an Apple iPhone user, and pairing to the MK Runway was effortless. Early smartwatches didn't do well if you left their ecosystem (iOS vs. Android). Thankfully that isn't a problem any more. I own the first version of the Apple iWatch, and still use it. This is just a much better watch, one that doesn't look futuristic but has more features than I'll ever need. A major complaint I've with my iWatch and most smartwatches, is that they don't stay lit. Smartwatches conserve energy and extend battery life by turning off the display until needed. The problem with that is you need to flip your wrist to wake the display up. This has always been a complaint of mine as often I want to discreetly look at my wrist to see what time it's. Many times in meetings I'll look down to my watch to see how much time is left before I need to wrap up. If the screen is blank I'll have to noticeably turn my wrist. If I do that and the person I'm meeting with notices they feel like I've someplace better I need to go. I hate that! There's a new feature on the Runway that solves this problem. There's an option to keep the display lit in a low-power mode all the time! This is great! I've been waiting for this feature, and it now removes my hesitation for wearing a smartwatch daily. Yes, this feature does cut down on battery life. However I've had good results even in this mode. I've kept the watch display on all day at work and still had battery life left at the end of the day. I recharge it and start again. The Runway has all sorts of health related features in it, to monitor your heart beat, the number of steps you take every day. It integrates online with multiple different fitness websites. But to be honest I didn't get this watch for fitness reasons. This is a fashionable watch. It's rose gold exterior is shiny and good looking. I don't wish to use this watch when I'm working out. I've another dedicated watch to do that. But I suppose it's nice to know it can do both. Indeed this watch is waterproof, so you could swim with it. It's also got a built in GPS, so it would be great to use in many fitness programs. But I use this watch for business purposes, it keeps me on time and organized. There are so many things to like about this watch, I'm very happy with it and definitely recommend it. A watch to me is more than a timepiece, it's a piece of jewelry. That's what sets the MK Runway apart from a crowded smartwatch space. It looks great, it's well made, extremely lightweight (one of the lightest watches in my collection). You barely feel it's there when you are wearing it (a few times I found myself checking to see if it fell off). It sits extremely well on my wrist and has been my go to daily watch now every day since I received it. If you like the looks of the watch - buy it! There's a ton of tech built-in, and I'm impressed by all of it. There's a lot to like about the Runway by Michael Kors. If you already bought one - congrats! Awesome isn't it? :- @@@@@@@

    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 didn't 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 isn't 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fashionable and Elegant Smart Watch

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    Titan5178
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    My wife wanted a smart watch to go with her Rose Gold iPhone 7 but she does not like the square design of the Apple Watch Series 4. She wanted something that looked more traditional and was elegant to wear out at the same time. The MK Access Runway looks to fit the bill. It looks like a traditional MK watch and as an added advantage has a color that matches her phone. The software on the watch is Google's smartwatch operating system called Wear OS. The watch needs to be paired with a smartphone and supports both iOS and Android mobile phones. However, on iOS you'll be limited by the restrictions that Apple puts on its mobile operating system which will result in a lesser experience than what you'd find with an Android phone. On iOS, you'll need to download the Wear OS app to do the initial pairing and wifi setup. The app will need to be running in the background for the watch to receive notifications. The main difference between notifications on iOS and Android is that you won't be able to interact with most notifications on iOS. For instance, you'll receive a notification of an incoming call and even a green button to answer it, but the call will need to be taken on your iphone. I did not actually test the watch on an Android smartphone but I can only assume it would be a better experience. One of the benefits of using this phone with iOS is you'll be able to use Google Assistant on the watch. As you might expect most Google apps such as Assistant, Mail, Calendar, Keep, Maps, etc. work very well on the watch. With NFC built in you can even use Google Pay to pay for good and services just like you can with the Apple Watch. Battery life seems to be on par with what you'd get with other smartwatches. About a day or so but of course your mileage will vary depending on your usage. The charger works very well with a strong magnetic connection to the watch and it charges very fast. Pros: iOS and Android Support Fashionable Design Interchangeable Bands Wifi, NFC, and GPS built-in Water resistant design. Lots of different watch Faces Fitness Features including heartrate and activity Fast charging. Cons: Difficult to resize band. I needed to remove 3 links. iOS will have limited functionality Overall I'd recommend this to iOS users as long as you understand the limitations and for Android users it's a no brainer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

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    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

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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Attractive watch but expensive; avg battery life

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    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's 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous Smart Watch

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    DaveG
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    My house is a mix of iOS and Android - add in a Google Home, Philips Hue, Logitech - it's remotely smart. I couldn't justify a smart watch, but briefly considered the new Series 4 Apple Watch. I'm just not a big fan of the look. My wife is constantly on the go and would benefit from a smart watch more than I. When I saw the Michael Kors Access...I knew she'd love it. A little about my wife. She's not a fan of new technology. Even moving from one iPhone to another seems to cause some anxiety for her. I've learned over the years to introduce tech slowly and it has to work perfectly. Was I willing to risk my marriage on a smart watch that she didn't know she needed? First off, it passed the "fashion" test. This watch is beautiful - which is what you'd expect from Michael Kors. The band is stainless steel, but not overly heavy and clunky. Depending on the size of your wrists, you'll have to have some links removed. Setup is easy. If you're an iOS user you'll have ot download the Wear OS app from the App Store. This will allow for easy setup of the watch. The downside I suppose is the app has to be running to get SMS alerts on the watch. Not a big deal and just a minor issue when you mix different technologies. Mine required a new version of Wear OS, I'm assuming others will as well. I couldn't notice a difference between the two, but newer is always better :-) Once the watch and phone are paired, all your calendar and contacts sync. The watch will also connect to your wireless network which will allow better coverage around the house if you get away from your phone. There are a lot of other apps you can install as well as different watch faces - change faces to match what you're wearing, seasons, etc. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with the Access. It is a beautiful watch with a great interface. So far my wife has been able to adapt to it quickly without much issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous and Elegant yet 100% functional

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    ElectronicJunkie
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    This is the first smart watch I am beyond proud to have. The feel and look is amazing. The size is a tad large, but does not feel the part. The fact it uses all Google for its apps, I am excited, I am no longer limited to Samsung controlling the watch. The amount of faces to choose from are refreshing as well, no more downloading tons of 3rd party apps to make this happen. Connectivity to both my Essential or Note 8 was simple and painless. Now, it does function the same with both, it seems to be faster with my Essential phone. The charger is a great touch and is easy to connect. I can easily go all day on one charge and into the next as well. The touch screen is very responsive and uses the entire watch, it is not limited or cut off like my old Garmin. I also love I can switch bands as will. The only negatives are vague instructions and no tool to remove the pins to make the stock band fit my wrist. I am very happy with this watch and it is my new daily wear item, the Garmin is in the drawer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classy MK Smartwatch

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    WesternSky
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    This is a beautiful stylish looking MK women's watch which is also a smartwatch. Make no mistake as this watch although stylish and chic is a large watch which measures in at 41mm. The watch is stainless steel with a gold tone color. Personally speaking, I tend to love large watches, but for those women who have smaller hands, the bulk of the watch may be an issue. If you are looking for that ultra-sleek, slim looking watch this may not be for you. As with any watch, you may have to size it to your wrist size before use. There are many reviews which mention short battery life. MK advertises that the rechargeable battery will last about 24 hours under heavy usage. I found that to be pretty accurate. Short battery life is an issue with smartwatches, as the more you use them, the less time your battery lasts. Hopefully smartwatch in the future will solve this problem, perhaps by using a self wind mechanism to generate power, or possibly make them solar powered to boost battery life. The greatest feature of this watch is the ability to personalize the watch face. That's really a neat option so have fun with it. The MK watch paired with my iPhone XS flawlessly and is also compatible with an Android phone. Watch is also water-resistant to almost a 100 feet, which is great for those scuba diving ladies. It has SMS, email, calendar, and application notifications. It is also marketed with the ability to track distance, calories burned, sleep activity, heart rate and your steps taken. You will have to move and secure it on your arm just above your wrist for some of these functions to work properly. That's why its important to have it sized to your wrist properly. My overall impression? The MK watch should be a welcomed addition to anyone's watch collection. The MK worked as advertised and I encountered no problems. I can't downgrade the MK because of battery life, as you can obtain an 75-80% charge in an hours time. MK is on my recommended list. Enjoy your new smartwatch. .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A smart watch with style

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    Michael Kors has just put out their newest line of the access series which I believe is called the runway model. This watch is very typical to most smart watches on the market however this brings the style and elegance of everything you would hope to expect from a Michael Kors line. Lets see if this is a right fit for you and worth the price tag. First off out of the box you can tell they did not hold back when it comes to quality and design of this product. It comes very elegantly wrapped. What you can expect to receive right out of the box is the watch, set up manual and two prong magnetic quick charger with cable. The watch face itself is pretty decent in size. Its not too large but its not small either by any means. The watch comes with a very nice metal band/ clasp set up and the watch will need to be taken in to be sized for your wrist. If you live near a Michael Kors retailer they will size their watches for free. The watch is both compatible with apple and android users. Set up is not hard and was done with in minutes. Simply pair using bluetooth and download the app. One important thing to note as I have seen there were connection issues is to make sure both the app and watch are both update with the latest software or you will run in to connection issues. The watch has a battery life of just a little under 24 hours depending of course on your settings and apps that you are running. Charge time has been stepped up from their latest models to where you can receive an 80% charge time in about an hour. Now I know alot of people tend to complain about the run time only being about an hour but one thing you need to understand is this is not your typical watch. I am a big smart watch fan and own a few different ones and one thing I can tell you is the higher end brand name watches typically tend to be only about a 24 hour run life. This doesn't bother too much as I tend to wear them for special occasions or if I do wear them every day no big deal I just set it on the charger when I go to bed and grab it when I wake up. Don't let the battery life sway you from this beautiful design. Lets talk functionality. This watch is a step up from their other designs in a few ways. For starters they have implemented a heart rate monitor and fitness apps. This watch is also water proof and has apps that track your laps. Me personally I would never take a watch of this caliper swimming regardless just due to the fact that it is a Michael Kors. Aside from a few differences this watch acts and feels like a typical smart watch. You have hundreds of different watch faces to choose from with more styles being added. You have a wide range of apps to suit your everyday needs including tons of fitness trackers. A stand alone GPS in case you wish to leave your phone in the car it will still track your location and miles ran or biked then log it. You can receive text messages, emails, phone calls and basically all the notifications that go along with a phone. The band is also interchangeable in case you don't like the clasp style. You also have google assistant built in. I don't want to drag this on and on about all the features available as they are pretty much the same features as most smart watches out there with not too much stand alone features. This watch is pretty much an upgrade to its predecessor which is good because it means it has finally joined the ranks of what some of the other smart watches out there are capable of doing. Here's my take away from this watch. If you have ever owned a smart watch then all of this will seem very familiar to you with not too many differences. However what makes this watch a nice piece to have is the fact that it is a brand name watch entering the market at a very competitive price. It brings a style of sleek design that you would expect to see from a Michael Kors line with all the functionality to keep up with your every day life rather it be fitness or business. If the one day life span is going to bother you then step away and buy something else. But if your looking for a watch that can do what all the other watches can do but looks very sleek and classy than this is the watch for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend