Michael Kors Releases ‘Access’ Line of Gaudy Smartwatches

Michael Kors Releases ‘Access’ Line of Gaudy Smartwatches
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International fashion house Michael Kors is selling a line of smartwatches, dubbed ‘Access’, starting today. The Access smartwatches run on Android Wear OS and come in two styles, ‘Dylan’ and ‘Bradshaw’, for men and women respectively. They both feature distinctive Michael Kors design points, including the trademark bulky body, and are some of the most fashionable smartwatches available for $350.

The Access smartwatch is largely unremarkable as far as Android Wear watches go in terms of functionality and tech. Its primary value proposition is aesthetic, if you’re a fan of Michael Kors that is. Not only are they identifiably Michael Kors in overall style and look, the watches also feature customizable faces, sub-dials, and colors which can be arranged in hundreds of combinations. According to The Verge, the watch face can also be programmed to automatically change color at night to suit your evening attire. The major drawback is that they are heavy, weighing in at 51 grams, and with their large watch faces, can look ostentatious to some.

Other drawbacks, according to a product review in Engadget, include shoddy battery performance and a glitch-plagued interface.

Michael Kors partnered with Fossil Group to build the smartwatches, and like Fossil’s Android Wear watches, Access features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor, 4GB of storage, a 360 mAh battery, a color touchscreen, speakers, and activity tracking. While heart-rate monitoring capabilities are notably absent, the Access smartwatches will receive the Android Wear 2.0 update once it’s available, which ought to bring improvements. They are also water-resistant to up to one atmosphere of pressure.

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