Android Wear smartwatches have been around for almost three years now, and even though they haven’t been as popular as the Apple Watch but nonetheless, they’re still on par with it.

Smartwatches running Android Wear come in all shapes and sizes and even luxury watch brands such as Michael Kors are creating their own Android Wear smartwatches with their take (aside from the software, which remains the same on all Android Wear watches)

I’ve been using the Michael Kor Access Dylan smartwatch for a few weeks now and I wouldn’t call it the absolute best smartwatch out there but it’s definitely the most stylish smartwatch that i’ve used.

In this review, I will cover the following areas:

  • Design & Hardware (hardware and specs)
  • Software (all about that Android)

Design & Hardware

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The display on the MK Access Dylan is a 1.5-inch round display and it has the same ambient sensor or “flat tire” as found on the Moto 360 (both the 1st & 2nd gen). The display looks great, it’s bright and crisp and colours show up well on it.

Most people will complain about the “flat tire” design, but I’m not one of those people, I didn’t mind the ambient sensor at all.

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The sensor is used to measure how much light is coming and to better adjust the screen when there are changes in light. For example, if you had auto-brightness on, the display would turn all the way up to full brightness so then you could see it better outside in daylight.

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The watch comes in one size, 46mm and comes in a few different colour options including, black (which I tested out), silver and gold. The strap on the MK Access is silicone and it can sometimes get irritating especially if you get sweaty wrists.

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And if you don’t like the watch straps, you can easily change them later on, they are easy to take off, thanks to the quick release pins.

The watch is made from stainless steel which feels nice and another thing to note is that the watch is pretty hefty when being worn. It’s heavier than the Moto 360 (2015) and the Gear S2 (both of which I tested out earlier this year).

The MK Access Dylan has 4GB of internal storage and is being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with 512MB of RAM.

For battery life, the MK Access Dylan has a 360mAh battery and it did last about a day on a charge but there was one or two times where I put the watch on the charger before I went to bed and then I few hours later after I took it off the charger in the morning, it would say that it has only 15% battery left. The charger for the watch is a wireless charger that magnetically attaches to the back of the watch and I made sure that it was attached before going to bed but I don’t know what happened in these few instances where it’s shows low battery the following morning.

The Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch starts at $420 in Canada and is available at BestBuy.ca , MichaelKors.ca and TheBay.com.

Software

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MK Access Dylan is running Google’s Android Wear which was specifically made for wearable devices.

On the unit that I tested, it was running Android Wear 1.5 which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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With Android Wear, you can receive notifications, make voice searches, reply to messages using your voice and you can set timers and reminders and etc.

To help give your MK Access Dylan some of your own style, you can install watchfaces and apps to do more. There are hundreds of different watchfaces that you could choose from and many more are coming out each and every day.

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There’s also lots of apps that are compatible with Android Wear or have a Android Wear component to them, like Google Translate, Shazam Google Authenticator, Transit and many more.

But all of these Android Wear apps are tied to your phone, they will still need your phone as a data connection. Some newer Android Wear watches. including the MK Access Dylan, now have Wi-Fi chips built-in so the can still do things when it isn’t connected to your phone.

That’s great and all but you still can’t do things on your MK Access Dylan, on its own while you out and about. It still relies heavily on your phone do things.

The MK Access Dylan is a glorified notification device that do a few more things that say a Pebble watch or even the Apple Watch (which also heavily relies on your iPhone).

Final Thoughts:

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If you’re looking a good and stylish Android Wear watch, then look no further than the MK Access Dylan but if you’re just getting into smartwatches, then I would looking at Pebble’s offerings which start at about $100-129 CAD and is way cheaper than the starting price of the MK Access Dylan (which starts at about $420 CAD).

 

With the issues with Android Wear, it’s battery life and the expensive price tag, you are better off, looking at somewhere else for your smartwatch needs. Smartwatches haven’t really found their place in the world, they have only really hit mainstream consumers within the last year and people haven’t found the need for a smartwatch just yet.

Pros

  • Great design and feel
  • Easy to change bands

 

Cons

  • Battery life isn’t up to par to the like of some Pebble watches (i.e 5-7 days)
  • Android Wear still needs a lot of work
  • One size fits all
  • Price may be too much for some

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