What Michael Kors' Access Smartwatch Brings to the Wearables Market

What Michael Kors' Access Smartwatch Brings to the Wearables Market
This Is an Android Wear Smartwatch
This Is a Big Smartwatch
Like Most Timepieces, Access Is Dust, Water Resistant
Picking an Operating System
The Battery Life Is Outstanding
There's (Some) Internal Storage
Keep an Eye on Fitness
And Keep an Eye on Fashion
Michael Kors Touts Notifications
A Surprisingly Affordable Price Tag
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What Michael Kors' Access Smartwatch Brings to the Wearables Market

While the Access smartwatch stays true to Michael Kors' focus on fashion and luxury, it also comes with extra functionality traditional electronic watches can't deliver.

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This Is an Android Wear Smartwatch

Like an increasing number of smartwatch makers, Michael Kors has opted for Android Wear for his Access model. With Android Wear's help, users will be able to swap out thousands of watch faces, access applications, get phone notifications and much more.

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This Is a Big Smartwatch

The Michael Kors Access is one of the larger smartwatches on the market. While the device comes with a standard 22mm-wide strap, its case is 44.5mm wide for women and 46mm wide for men. The case itself is made from stainless steel, and customers can choose metal, leather or silicone straps.

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Like Most Timepieces, Access Is Dust, Water Resistant

Michael Kors has offered some protection from the elements in the Access. The smartwatch is capable of standing up to dust and includes a water resistance feature that safeguards it from accidental splashes. However, it's best not to keep it submerged in water for too long or you'll face the possibility of permanent damage.

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Picking an Operating System

The Michael Kors Access will work with smartphones running Android OS versions 4.4 or higher, as well as the iPhone 5 or newer and any version of iOS since iOS 8.2. There's no support for Windows 10 Mobile or other operating systems.

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The Battery Life Is Outstanding

The Michael Kors Access ships with a 360mAh battery that can last between one to two days on a single charge depending on usage, according to the company. In just 2 hours of charging, the smartwatch's battery life can surge from 10 percent to 80 percent.

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There's (Some) Internal Storage

In order to deliver Android Wear support as well as access to applications and other features, the Access comes with 4GB of internal storage. However, that might not be much for those who want to listen to music or run a bunch of apps.

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Keep an Eye on Fitness

Thanks to a selection of sensors, including an accelerometer and gyroscope, the Access smartwatch is able to track how far a person has traveled. The device can also provide insight about fitness and goals with help from third-party applications. Those who want to use the smartwatch as a fitness tracker should get the silicone band, which is designed to get sweaty and take more of a beating than leather.

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And Keep an Eye on Fashion

Since this is Michael Kors, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Access is designed for fashion-savvy folks. In fact, Michael Kors says that the smartwatch was designed firstly for fashion, and includes several styles that users can choose from, including a gold-tone option. It's arguably one of the most stylish designs on the market, and with its round face might not give away that it's a smartwatch at first glance.

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Michael Kors Touts Notifications

One of the major limitations in the Access is that it doesn't come with support for LTE, which means it'll need to be tethered to a smartphone in order to deliver most of its functionality. However, once it's tethered to a smartphone, it can display all sorts of notifications, including alerts that a call is incoming. The feature also works with notifications from music services like Spotify and social media sites like Twitter.

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A Surprisingly Affordable Price Tag

In a market where smartwatches like the Apple Watch can reach $17,000, it's notable that Michael Kors has kept its Access at a relatively affordable price. The device, which is available now, starts at $350 for the silicone version and tops out at $395 for its highest-end model, which comes with a metallic band. Other bands are also sold separately.

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