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More Functionality With Android Than iPhonePosted
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
Great Smartwatch, Not-so-great PackagingPosted
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
Beautiful Watch. Wife loves it. iPhone limitationsPosted
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're 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're 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 doesn't 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 doesn't 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
Beautiful. Elegant. Stunning. But that's about it.Posted
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