Garmin's Vivoactive 3 Music brings tunes to weekend warriors

Garmin's Vivoactive 3 Music brings tunes to weekend warriors

Garmin has clearly made music a priority with its latest wearables. With GPS capabilities and support for NFC payments, Garmin wants to Vivoactive 3 Music to be a wearable that allows you to leave your phone at home.

The Forerunner 645 Music offers far more advanced running metrics than the Vivoactive 3, but it's also $150 more and lacks a touchscreen.

Garmin on Wednesday added a bit more versatility to its Vivoactive 3 smartwatch with the introduction of the Vivoactive 3 Music, a new model that adds local music storage to the mix. See the pattern? For reference, the Forerunner 645 and the Vivoactive 3 are both excellent GPS-equipped smartwatches, but the former is smartwatch with more features for serious runners (instead of just athletes). Support for Deezer is coming soon, as well.

While that short list of supported music services is disappointing, you can upload songs to your Vivoactive 3 Music from your computer, so if you still have a music library, you can take that with you on the go. Users can use Garmin Express software to transfer music from their PC, and then queue up their favorite songs for listening through Bluetooth-enabled headphones. Otherwise, it's virtually identical in design and abilities as the Vivoactive 3. It works with Garmin Pay and is waterproof, too.

It's basically the Vivoactive 3, but with music.

Namely, up to 7 days in "smartwatch mode", 13 hours with the built-in Global Positioning System chip turned on, and around 5 hours in "GPS mode" with music. The Vivoactive 3 is the company's general all-around fitness smartwatch, and the newest version, the Vivoactive 3 Music, adds music storage much like Garmin's more runner-focused (and expensive) Forerunner 645 that arrived earlier this year.

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

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