So here is the deal.
My thoughts on the Michael Kors (KORS) hybrid smartwatch is a mixed bag of emotions that range from "do I really need another phone on my wrist" to "eh, it's a utilitarian accessory." While I was initially delighted with the rose gold exterior that really imbued itself with the #menswear trend, I wasn't thrilled with the silicone strap. Additionally, as an Apple (AAPL - Get Report) iPhone user, I had to not only download the Michael Kors watch app, but the Android Wear app, too. In turn, that caused a lot of outrage because I had to delete Snapchat for the extra storage.
After a few minutes, I realized that this was yet another piece of technology I have to update and fight with. I have very thin wrists--I am nothing if not a delicate flower--and this felt bulky and took some getting used to. I also haven't worn a watch since my Cartier got stolen by one of my former roommate's Tinder dates, so that alone felt foreign and reminded me of the injustices of other people's one-night stands.
Mixed feelings on the silicon strap
As an insufferable millennial, I enjoyed the analog time along with a pleasing UX, but other than that it could do the more minimalist actions of my iPhone and I don't really need multiple devices telling me when someone told me to shut up on Twitter. I can see the appeal of a smartwatch telling you when to get up and go if you have multiple meetings throughout the day where you need calendar notifications and email access as well, but I'm not in that position and usually have my phone out on my desk.
In terms of updates, I enjoyed being able to swipe up on the lock screen and see the latest notifications for each specific app. The translate function was actually pretty legit, it recorded your voice and the translated lines appeared on the screen. In terms of a light fitness tracker, it counts your steps which is all I really need (kisses nonexistent arm muscles). Customizable day and night faces as well as the ability to turn off certain app notifications was useful, as well as having another timer on hand, access to multiple email apps, voice-activated Google search and the weather never hurts.
The screen was nice
The UX was pleasing enough with readable font and the ability to change the lock screen to a number of Michael Kors-esque backgrounds. However, I mostly associate the brand with the unparalleled @dance_blessed/ @trevso_electric quips.
Elite Daily is what happens when you ask a Michael Kors watch for advice.— dance blessed (@dance_blessed) Sept. 11, 2015
In short, if I were the type of person who needed access to email at all times under pain of death and wanted the functionalities of a smartwatch with a Michael Kors aesthetic, I would sincerely consider it. But being the minimalist Luddite that I am who doesn't really need or want one, the $350 price, paired with its silicone watchband, won't do it for me.
Google search was great