Published: Thu, June 14, 2018

Garmin's newest Vivoactive 3 smartwatch adds music, improved sleep tracking

Garmin's newest Vivoactive 3 smartwatch adds music, improved sleep tracking

With today's introduction of the Vivoactive 3 Music, the American company specializing in Global Positioning System technology in addition to wearables has two products allowing runners, cyclists, swimmers and multi-sport athletes to take their tunes on the road with them.

After all, Garmin ensures that the Vivoactive 3 Music comes with all of the features that launched with last year's model, and the list is extensive. "Up to" 500 songs can be stored on the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music, and alas, there's no word on upcoming compatibility with Spotify or Apple Music. Earlier this year, the Forerunner 645 Music ($450) - read our review, here - added built-in music to the already excellent Forerunner 645 ($400). Support for Deezer is coming soon, as well.

It's safe for swimming and showering, Garmin says, and features a battery life of up to seven days in smartwatch mode or five hours in Global Positioning System with music mode. Oh, and even though wrist payments are not particularly popular yet, you also get full Garmin Pay functionality.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is really for those who will take advantage of its music storage and offline listening. I used Garmin Express for Mac to transfer my favorite Beyonce tracks to the Vivoactive 3, which took just a few seconds to sync. From there, simply pair the wearable with a set of compatible Bluetooth headphones and you're off to the races.

Another Garmin smartwatch is bringing the tunes as Vivoactive 3 Music is unveiled

If you're interested in a Garmin smartwatch with onboard storage for music, the Vivoactive 3 Music is a significantly more affordable option than the Forerunner 645 Music.

There is some tweaking the design department with a glossier, chemically strengthened glass finish, which sees a departure change from the metallic look featured on the Vivoactive 3.

Still, if you're into athletic activities, it's hard to compete against this bad boy at $300.


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