Michael Kors Access MKGO review: A smartwatch for active Kors fans

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Quick verdict

A great smartwatch that covers fashion and fitness. However, it is not as premium in build quality as those of Michael Kors Bradshaw 2, Lexington 2 or Runway, but it is significantly better positioned to take advantage of the plethora of onboard conditioning features. The battery life could be better and there is some lag in performance here and there, in addition to the heavy brand, which may delay a bit, but MKGO is still a successful option.

Fashion brand Michael Kors has delivered excellent smart watches through Fossil over the years, but while they all have great fitness features on board, none were particularly suited to an active lifestyle in terms of construction.

The Access MKGO smartwatch seems to change that, offering a lighter construction and a sportier appeal than the Bradshaw 2, Lexington 2 , Sofie or Runway models . But it does deliver and if you’re looking for a sporty yet stylish smartwatch, are you the one to buy it?

Sports design

  • 43mm housing, 20mm bead width, 7mm thickness
  • Nylon with aluminum top ring
  • Four color options

The Michael Kors MKGO smartwatch markets the stainless steel case that you will find in other Kors smartwatches for a nylon case covered with an aluminum ring. The result is a lighter smartwatch – really light – and a sportier look, with a thinner housing.

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The 7 mm nylon case provides cheaper build quality compared to Bradshaw 2 and Lexington 2 smart watches. We prefer the stainless steel finish of other Kors smart watches, but MKGO is more suitable when it comes to fitness, for sure.

Like the Michael Kors Runway smartwatch , MKGO has a layered coating, but while Runway alternates between polished and polished steel, MKGO has nylon, a black ring in the middle and an aluminum top.

The aluminum top around the screen and the three aluminum buttons on the right of the screen help make the MKGO a little less like a toy, while the Kors brand silicone bracelet offers a secure and comfortable fit with a buckle. aluminum that matches the fixing color. Both the buckle and the main center button have the Kors mark engraved on them.

At the bottom of the nylon case, there is more of the Michael Kors brand, attached to a slightly elevated heart rate monitor, surrounded by the charging ring. The pins for changing the silicone strap to something smarter are also present on the bottom of the watch case.

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Overall, the design remains very Kors. It is heavier than previous MK smart watches – it will likely attract a different audience – as are the company’s bags with various MK logos. It won’t be to everyone’s taste – especially not in red (according to the review unit), but MKGO still offers style, even with its more sporty appeal.

Customizable display

  • 1.19 inch AMOLED screen, 390 x 390 resolution (328ppi)
  • Customizable faces with MK Access

The MKGO smartwatch comes with a 1.19 inch screen. This is the same size as the Michael Kors Runway smartwatch, but slightly smaller than the Bradshaw 2 and Lexington 2 smartwatch.

It is a fully round AMOLED screen – something Michael Kors adopted in all of his smart watches after the original Bradshaw – for vibrant colors and deep blacks, while resolution is sharp enough for text and images. It’s a great screen with ample brightness.

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The only face that we think doesn’t show the best of the screen is the main face with which the MKGO was marketed. The red heart in the middle is not particularly sharp compared to the numerous other interactive Michael Kors watch faces available, so we changed ours from the standard.

MKGO has an Always On display – just like other Michael Kors smart watches and many other smartwatches today, even the Apple Watch Series 5 – switching to monochrome output and serving only essential information to preserve battery life. The designs and layouts of the Always On screen vary depending on the main face you choose.

It is one of our favorite features on the MKGO smartwatch, as well as on other MK smartwatches, as it allows the appearance of a traditional Kors watch when the smartwatch functions are not being used. Like other Michael Kors smart watches, there are several MK faces to choose from in the MK Access app – all exclusive to Access watches – although not all faces are on all models.

Through the MK Access app, you can customize everything from the color of the dial to the color of the crystal, and set the clock to automatically change faces between day and night – which is a great feature.

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There is also the option to set a Facebook or Instagram image as a watch face in the My Social section of the MK Access app – as you could with the Runway, Sofie and Bradshaw smartwatch – and there is a My Dials option that has many watch faces all categories, so you can choose fashion, glamor or sports, among others.

You can read our tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the MK Access app.

Resources and fitness

  • 30m waterproof (3ATM)
  • Heart rate monitoring
  • Built-in GPS
  • Google Pay

The Michael Kors MKGO smartwatch has many of the same features that you will find in other newer Fossil smartwatches, including the Gen 5 smartwatch.

You’ll find 3ATM waterproofing, along with heart rate monitoring and built-in GPS. We found that the optical heart rate monitor is very similar to the Apple Watch Series 4 , although we always recommend that you use a chest strap to get a more accurate reading if you plan to train in heart rate zones.

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MKGO is synchronized with Google Fit – accessed with a touch from right to left on the main home screen or via the bottom action button to the right of the box. Google Fit focuses on two metrics – Minutes of movement and Heart points – both shown in circles, not unlike Apple Watch and its rings.

The minutes for movement are about any physical activity you practice, while the Heart Points are about more intense activities. At the center of the Google Fit rings is the Workouts icon, which you can tap to record a workout, and there are a huge variety of options, including some less obvious options.

Scroll through the Google Fit rings and there are a number of other data available, from guided breathing – something that Apple Watch, Fitbit, and Samsung offer – to steps, calories and distance traveled. Google Android users will find all the data in the Google Fit app, which Apple iOS users can also download. Some information will also be presented in the Wear OS application.

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In terms of other features, MKGO has NFC on board, allowing Google Pay so you can pay with your wrist, and it also has standard Wear OS features, including smartphone notifications. Any notification that reaches your phone will appear on your wrist – although you can block apps that you don’t want to appear directly on MKGO.

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Performance, hardware and battery life

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100
  • 4 GB of storage, 512 MB of RAM
  • 350mAh battery

The Michael Kors MKGO smartwatch features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, which means that MKGO offers a more advanced chipset than those from Runway or Sofie.

Most things are smooth and efficient, although we have experienced some delay when switching between tasks, as well as between pressing the action buttons on the right of the MKGO screen and the watch responding. This is probably due to 512 MB of RAM, compared to the 1 GB found in many of the latest Wear OS smart watches.

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The internal battery – which we can offer in about a day and a half with the Always On screen on and in normal mode – is charged via a magnetic disk. There are several battery modes available to help you get a little more juice out of your MKGO, as well as 80% Fast Battery Charge in 50 minutes, which is great to have on board if you don’t want to commit resources to drums.

Of course, if you have built-in GPS, the screen brightness increases to the maximum and you receive all notifications via email and social media, you will probably find that MKGO will not give you more than a day to live – so the feature fast shipment is sent by God these days.

Wear OS Platform

  • Compatible with iOS and Android
  • Microphone only, no speaker
  • Google Assistant

Like other Michael Kors and Fossil smartwatches, MKGO runs on Google’s Wear OS platform. It’s not as good as Apple’s watchOS, but it has improved dramatically over the years to make it much more intuitive. As you would expect, the experience is more fluid for Google Android users than for Apple iOS users – sorry iPhone owners – but Wear OS works well on both platforms.

Swipe down at the top of the main screen and you’ll find access to quick settings like Google Pay and screen brightness. A tap from left to right opens Google Assistant, while from right to left opens Google Fit. Swipe from bottom to top to display notifications.

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The main rotating crown to the right of the watch case allows you to slide through the apps, while the top button takes you to the MK Access app and the bottom one to Google Fit – these last two can be customized.

MKGO has an onboard microphone, allowing you to speak to Google Assistant for voice control, but there is no speaker like Bradshaw 2 and Lexington 2, which means it’s not as comprehensive an experience – like Alexa on Fitbit Versa 2.

We also noticed a big delay between issuing our command and MKGO recognizing it. The response between the activation word “Ok Google” and the vibration on the MKGO was good, but between our command and the command that appeared on the watch face was longer than it should have been.Verdict

The Michael Kors MKGO is a great smart watch with many features on board. It is not as premium in build quality as those of Michael Kors Bradshaw 2, Lexington 2 or Runway, but is significantly better positioned to take advantage of the plethora of onboard conditioning features.

The battery life could be better and there is some lag in performance here and there, in addition to the heavy brand, which may put off a bit, but the MKGO is a great option for Michael Kors fans who also want a stylish smartwatch ready for activity.

The red MKGO model would not be our first choice among the four color options available (and we prefer the Bradshaw 2 and Lexington 2 options in general), but Michael Kors MKGO combines this MK style with a light and sporty look that offers good performance general.

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