michael kors access runway vs fossil gen 4 explorist compared

Michael Kors Access Runway vs Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Compared

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You should expect nothing but class when notable names in the fashion industry such as Fossil or Michael Kors designs a smartwatch. Michael Kors and Fossil aren’t doing bad after all, they have released over the years some of the best smartwatches with scintillating designs and advanced features.

On this note we decided to compare two of their most recent, Michael Kors Access Runway vs Fossil Gen 4 Explorist specs and feature to find out what the differences are that separates these two and which is better.

Michael Kors Access Runway vs Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Specs Compared

 Michael Kors Access RunwayFossil Gen 4 Explorist
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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Price:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Features:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)

WHERE TO BUY

BUY AT AMAZON BUY AT AMAZON

ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameMichael Kors Access RunwayFossil Gen 4 Q Explorist
Device typeClassic smartwatchClassic smartwatch
Predessesor-- Fossil Gen 4 Q Explorist
Successor----
Released dateAugust, 2018August, 2018
Ideal forUnisexMen, it will also look great on women.

DISPLAY

Display typeAMOLEDAMOLED
Display size1.19 inches1.4 inches
Screen resolution390 x 390 pixels454 x 454 pixels
Density--249 ppi
Input typeTouchscreen, 3 physical buttonsTouchscreen plus 3 physical buttons
Multi-touchYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension41 x 41 x 11 mm45 x 45 x 13 mm
Weight24 grams (without strap)--
Casing materialStainless steel Stainless steel
Strap/band materialStainless steel (Leather strap also available)Leather (Silicone straps available)
Bezel Material----
Band size18mm22 mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glassScratch resistant glass
Waterproof RatingYes, 5ATMYes, 3ATM
Color(s)Rose-tone, rose-gold and silver-tone--

MEMORY

RAM512MB512MB
Internal storage4 GB4 GB
Memory card slot----

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v4.1Bluetooth v4.1
Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi
802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
Yes, Wi-Fi
802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
NFCYesYes
GPSYes, A-GPS/GLONASS/GALILEOYes, A-GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoneNone
SIM slotNoNo
Band----

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
Weather forecastYesYes
Facebook notifacationYesYes
Twitter notificationYesYes
Whatsapp notificationYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
Distance coveredYesYes
Steps climbedYesYes
Calories burntYesYes
Calories ConsumptionYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNo
MicrophoneYesYes
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

PedometerYesYes
Accelerometer YesYes
Magnetometer ----
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
BarometerYesYes
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Google Wear OS 2.1Google Wear OS 2.1
ChipsetSnapdragon Wear 2100Snapdragon Wear 2100
CPU----
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ionNon-removable Li-ion
Battery capacity 300 mAh300 mAh
Battery lifeStandby :2days+ , Mixed usage: 1dayStandby :2days+ , Mixed usage: 1day
ChargingUSB based magnetic chargingInductive charging magnet
Charging timeAbout 1 hourAbout 1 hour

MISC

Payment systemGoogle payGoogle pay
Compatibility Andriod 4.4 and later, iPhone 5 and IOS 9.3 and laterAndroid 4.4 (excluding Go edition) or later.
iOS 9.3 or later.
Companion appMichael Kors appFossil Q App
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 18mmYes, 22mm
Voice commandYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Michael Kors access runwayFossil Gen 4 Q Explorist
StrapStrap
USB based magnetic charging cableInductive charging magnet
----
User manualUser manual

PRICE COMPARED

Estimated Price$295$270
Where to Buy BUY AT AMAZON BUY AT AMAZON

What are The Differences?

Michael Kors Access Runway vs Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Features compared
  1. Michael Kors Access Runway vs Fossil Gen 4 Explorist: Design and Display
  2. Michael Kors access runway and Fossil Gen 4 explorist look almost similar in the appearance, however the differences in the design between these two come in the sizes. While the Access Runway has a smaller 1.19 inches screen size, the Gen 4 explorist measures 1.4 inches. Both smartwatches have AMOLED powered display which is great. Beyond that, the Access Runway is slimmer than the Gen 4 explorist which makes it sleeker.

    Stainless steel is used for the casing of these two, however while the Access Runway features a 18mm stainless steel straps with an option to change it with a silicone strap or any other strap, the Gen 4 Explorist has a 22mm leather strap with silicone straps serving as an alternative. It makes a whole lot of sense to say that the 18mm width straps of the Runway will be a perfect fit for women than the Gen Explorist.

    Overall, these two have got really nice designs, there are no much differences though. However, the access Runway weighs less, not bulky compared to the Explorist making it a better choice for women while the Explorist will be a nicer fit for men.

  3. Michael Kors Access Runway vs Fossil Gen 4 Explorist: Battery Life
  4. The battery life of these two smartwatches is quiet impressive, both are powered by snapdragon 2100 which now has a newer version, Snapdragon 3100 which promises longer battery life for the next generation of smartwatches. On regular usage you should get up to a day of battery life with any of these two on a single charge, however the battery life of Michael Kors Access Runway should last a bit longer than the Explorist due to the smaller screen.

  5. Michael Kors Access Runway vs Fossil Gen 4 Explorist: Waterproof Rating

The waterproof rating on these two is great, while the Access Runway is certified 5ATM which means it will survive submersion in water up to 50 meters, Fossil Gen 4 Explorist is rated 3ATM, that’s water resistant up to 30 meters. This makes any of this a great choice for tracking your swimming activities even though the Access Runway has a higher rating.

Michael Kors Access Runway vs Fossil Gen 4 Explorist: Which is Better?

Any of this two would be a great choice to wear for any occasion and as well serve just fine in helping track your active life. These two are closely related, being that they both run on Wear OS, powered by Snapdragon and have almost same features.

However, making a choice will probably be based on the design which records some slight differences. In that regard we found, the Access Runway which is less thick, weighs less and has a smaller strap to be a better choice for women. On the other hand, Fossil Gen 4 Explorist looks bolder and bulkier making it a better choice for men.

Here is a summary;

MICHAEL KORS ACCESS RUNWAY A classic smartwatch with premium design. A classy choice for women.
FOSSIL GEN 4 EXPLORIST A classic smartwatch with fascinating design. A great choice for men.
Our Pick

We choose Fossil Gen 4 Explorist, its cheaper and in addition the companion app seems to be more intuitive than the Michael Kors app.

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