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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 35 reviews

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  • 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: 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: 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

    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

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

    Posted
    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: 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: 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 isn't 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: 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

    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: 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: 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: 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

    Awesome Watch!

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    CMCMom29
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    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this watch! @@@@@@@@ Did I mention I love this watch? @@@@@@@ I've tried the Apple Watch, the ASUS Zenwatch, and later the Fitbit Versa. I found all the watches lacking in some way. The Apple Watch was uncomfortable, the ASUS lacked many features, and the Versa was just OK. It really wasn't the fully featured smartwatch I had hoped it would be. The first thing out of the box was how stylish the MK Access watch was. I was a bit afraid that it would look too masculine, but the rose gold does a lot to soften the look. The second thing I noticed was how COMFORTABLE it was! This was my biggest fear. I've a larger-than-average wrist, and I thought I might have to look at getting a different band or an extra link. Good news! It comes with an extra link in the box! I didn't need it, but how awesome is it that they included one? The metal band is easy to get on and doesn't pinch at all. I am usually aware when I wear a watch, but I would frequently forget I was still wearing it. It was easy to set up. The watch is partially charged out of the box. I did have to plug it in for an hour or two to charge to 100% after I finished setting it up. I find the battery lasts for a day and a half. It charges super-fast, though - faster than my phone does. The charger is included, though it did NOT come with a plug, so you will need to use a USB hub or another plug to use it. The watch uses Google Wear iOS. It has the features you expect in a smartwatch. The watch buzzes to alert you to phone calls; you can also answer the phone with the watch. The caveat to this, though, is that you cannot use the watch to actually use the phone. The watch has no speaker and no sounds. You can control your Google Music as well - again, though, no speaker, so you cannot hear your music through your watch. You still need to use your phone. The watch also doesn't have its own GPS - it uses your phone for locating. One of the apps that uses this is Google Health. I won't say that this app is as robust as the fitness tracking that Fitbit offers, but it's pretty good. It would meet my needs. I tried the walk function and it located me, then allowed me to start and stop the tracking. It also recorded my heartbeats. The watch also allows you to take random heart rate readings without having to use the Google Health app. You can customize the watch with different faces, though I found the selection a bit limited. I didn't see where you could download more options for the faces. More features include syncing with various mail apps, weather, and agenda, along with social media sites such as facebook. If you are in the market for a smartwatch, I would recommend the MK Access watch be put at the top of your list.

    I would 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