Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Garmin's new smartwatch features on-device storage for up to 500 songs

Garmin's new smartwatch features on-device storage for up to 500 songs

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is available from today priced at $299.99, a $50 premium over the original Vivoactive 3. Other services, such as Spotify and Google Music, aren't supported, and there's no word on when (or even if) we can expect such support to launch.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 debuted past year and impressed us with its responsive touchscreen, a strong Global Positioning System signal that quickly locks in your location, and the addition of mobile payments.

You can transfer the music files from your computer or download them from iHeartRadio (Deezer support is coming soon). The Vivoactive 3 Music will be equipped with an always-on touchscreen display, heart-rate sensors, sleep monitoring capabilities, GPS, customizable watch faces, and a number of activity trackers that can count your steps or track your runs, bike rides, or golf outings.

The Vivoactive 3 Music also boasts Garmin Pay, just as its predecessor did. It also comes in at £100 cheaper than the Forerunner 645 Music, so if you can live without the more advanced metrics and want that music, it may well have some appeal.

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Speaking of music, Garmin's latest offers on-device storage for up to 500 songs. Otherwise, it's virtually identical in design and abilities as the Vivoactive 3. From there, simply pair the wearable with a set of compatible Bluetooth headphones and you're off to the races.

Garmin is shipping the Vivoactive 3 Music now for $300.

Mainly focused on in-depth activity tracking and professional workout motivation, Garmin's robust wearable devices can do most of the things the industry-leading Apple Watch Series 3 is capable of, except for standalone voice calls.

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.

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