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

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 27 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 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: 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 is 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 am a watch freak, with a collection of over 25 watches. I am 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 have 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 is not 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 have 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 is. Many times in meetings I will 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 have someplace better I need to go. I hate that! There is a new feature on the Runway that solves this problem. There is 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 have 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 am very happy with it and definitely recommend it. A watch to me is more than a timepiece, it is a piece of jewelry. That’s what sets the MK Runway apart from a crowded smartwatch space. It looks great, it is 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 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: 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 have 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 does not 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

    A smart watch with style

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    Crasher
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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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, functional smart watch with style

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    Telstar
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    Michael Kors - Access Smartwatch 41mm Stainless Steel - Rose Gold with Rose Gold Stainless Steel Band This watch is very attractive to wear whether casually or dressed up. It comes in different finishes, but mine is Rose Gold, and with the 1.19" round amoled display, rose gold is an attractive contrast with the at-rest deep black face of the screen. While the body is 41 mm, it is not too large in appearance or use. With the stainless steel body and band, it will look good for a long time. There are other bands available should you need those. The watch face is customizable so that in style or color you can give your watch a new look or simply go with whatever color outfit you're wearing. Here are some of the specific specifications: • Powered by Wear OS by Google™ (includes start/stop music & listen even without phone, check weather, calendar events, reminders and more) • Compatible with iPhone® and Android™ phones (download appropriate smartphone app, some features only available with Android phone) • AMOLED Display: Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode • Social Media Updates • Text/Email/Phone Call/Calendar Alerts • App Notifications • Smart Help From Google • Built-In Fitness Tracking (steps, distance, heart rate, calories etc) • Voice-Activated Google Assistant • Heart Rate Tracking • Swim-proof Technology (water resistant up to 30 M) • Payment Technology (NFC) with Google Pay • GPS Distance Tracking (locate places, turn-by-turn directions etc) • Display Animation • Clasp Fastening • Extra Buckle Included To Use With Interchangeable Straps • 2-Year Warranty The Michael Kors Access Smartwatch will give you about 24 hours of use before recharging is needed (depending on the type and amount of use aside from just normal watch functions). It has a magnetic charger that attaches to the back of the watch so you don't have to fiddle getting the connection just right. It completely charges is about 1 hour. It has three buttons on the right side as it faces you on your left wrist. The larger center pusher button powers on the watch and also accesses the watch menu for settings, apps etc. The smaller pusher buttons, one above and one below the larger center pusher, are programmable so that you can access preferred functions with just the push of a button. Connectivity is through BT to your phone, but you can also connect through Wi-Fi as well. If you're connected to your home or office Wi-Fi you can do various things without going through your phone. There are other functions, such as GPS location, that does not require your phone. Setup is a breeze. Follow the simple instructions in the box for setup access and then customize things to your heart's content. For instance, you can set it so that just a quick motion of your wrist will activate the display, or you can set it where you have to touch the screen for it to activate the display. There are many, many ways to customize nearly everything this watch can do. The above is not an exhaustive list of characteristics or functions - there are others, for sure. I think you can see that this Michael Kors Access Runway Watch is very attractive, well made, durable and with much functionality whether in the fitness area or in smartphone-like uses while at home, at work or just out and about.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice watch, but needs improvement.

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

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great style, meh overall

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

    I would recommend this to a friend

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

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 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 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

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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: 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: 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: 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