I just tried on the Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw, which reminded me of the lavish watches that my friends wore.
In the late 1990s, Delhi schoolchildren developed a fascination with flashing their gold-plated timepieces. Perhaps they deemed it “fashionable” or they simply desired to demonstrate their’manliness.’ I never made an attempt to blend in with this group and was content with my traditional Timex watch.
Years later, when I tested the Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw, flashbacks of the costly timepieces my peers used to flaunt came flooding back. Unlike the Apple Watch, this wristwatch opts for grandeur with a bejewelled timepiece. Although I am not a fan of blinged-out smartwatches, I know people who want their watch to make a fashion statement and attract attention.
This is my review of the Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw smartwatch, which is created by Fossil.
Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw: Aesthetics and design
Everybody is familiar with Michael Kors. While I dislike its handbags, it’s difficult to dismiss their popularity, particularly in Delhi. The designer label is also well-known for its Fossil Group-manufactured smartwatches. The Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw is made of the same fabric as the Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch that I reviewed earlier this year. While both smartwatches share identical technology and functions, their appearances are considerably different.
The Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw smartwatch is a fashion item that doubles as a smartwatch. This is not a piece for minimalists; rather, the emphasis is clearly on someone with the correct attitude to wear such a watch. Available in a single 44mm dial size and a variety of finishes, mine featured a solid stainless steel case and a rose gold two-tone steel strap. The watch appears to be somewhat extravagant — large, bold, and blingy.
Although the watch is not lightweight, it did not seem unwieldy on my wrist. You’re likely to want to wear this smartwatch on special occasions, but not every day. Again, it is a matter of personal preference and the persona you project. I’m not sure I’d want to wear this watch on my nightly strolls… it’s simply too heavy.
Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw review: Look and feel
The watch features a circular 1.28-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 416 x 416 pixels. The colours are vibrant and bold, and the round display is capable of displaying both digital and analogue watch faces. Additionally, the Gen 6 Bradshaw includes Michael Kors-branded faces in addition to regular WearOS faces.
The three navigation buttons on the right-hand side of the case operate smoothly, and the two buttons on the side, like those on any other WearOS smartwatch, are customizable. Meanwhile, a crown protrudes from the centre and can be pressed into the screen to wake it or navigate to the app list. The metal watch is rated 5ATM, which is equivalent to an IP68 dust- and water-resistant rating. This means that wearing the watch while swimming will be effortless.
Review of the Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw: performance and battery life
The Bradshaw Gen 6 is equipped with a Snapdragon Wear 4100+ processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. The watch has a quick response time, but not as quick as the Apple Watch Series 7. The navigation is fluid, and Google Assistant performs admirably, as one would expect. Additionally, the watch includes a microphone and speaker, allowing you to make and receive calls through the watch. Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, and a slew of sensors including an accelerometer, altimeter, and ambient light metre provide connectivity.
The Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw’s battery life is, to put it mildly, average. The battery life on the 44m version, which I received for review, is less than 24 hours. You may modify the settings to extend the battery life, but doing so requires you to forego features such as the always-on screen, sleep tracking, and others.
Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw review: fitness tracker software
Google’s Wear OS is a mixed bag. Although this watch is planned to receive a new version of WearOS 3 in 2022, Fossil has not offered a precise date at the moment. As a result, users are forced to continue using the previous version of WearOS, which is somewhat disorganised and scattered. I wore this watch with my iPhone, but everyone (and, in fact, all WearOS smartwatches operate flawlessly with iOS at the moment) knows that WearOS works best with the Android mobile operating system. Having said that, I had no issues receiving notifications from the iPhone on the watch or controlling music via the watch.
I’m not going into detail about WearOS; it’s a well-known platform that’s been there for years. The Play Store is where apps may be downloaded, and the Gen 6 Bradshaw comes pre-loaded with Gmail, Google Translate, and Google Pay. Spotify was one of the apps that I utilised the most during my testing, as it also supports offline music playback. Comparing this smartwatch to the Galaxy Watch 4 is pointless because Samsung’s watch already runs WearOS 3, which I enjoyed for its mood and minor additions.
WearOS’s flaw is that it is not a forward-thinking operating system. Despite the fact that it runs Google WearOS, the Gen 6 Bradshaw is a full-featured wristwatch. It keeps track of your steps, sleep, heart rate, and blood oxygen saturation.
Should you buy Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw?
Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw is by no means a subtle product. Additionally, this is not a wristwatch that can compete in terms of experience with the Apple Watch Series 7. Whether you purchase a Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw is entirely up to you. However, I recognise that some consumers desire a smartwatch with just enough sparkle without being overly ostentatious. For Rs 32,495 you can own a piece of Michael Kors. That is a fair price to pay for a designer label.