Following a number of leaks around the web in recent weeks, Garmin has today made its Vivoactive 3 Music official.
This is a bumped up version of Garmin’s popular Vivoactive 3 fitness watch. Essentially a Swiss knife of activity trackers, the Vivoactive 3 comes with GPS, barometric altimeter, compass, accelerometer, thermometer and heart rate sensor.
In our review we note that Vivoactive 3 is a pretty solid fitness-focused timepiece which dishes out fairly accurate data and provides a cohesive fitness tracking experience. And all this functionality is packaged in a device that looks great and is comfortable. Something that with the aesthetics and feel of a regular watch.
Well, now its even better.
As its name implies, the Vivoactive 3 Music comes with music features of the Forerunner 645. To this end it has 4GB of internal memory which lets you store and listen to up to 500 of your tunes, phone-free through Bluetooth headphones. The integrated music player allows for smartphone music control, it has iHeart Radio and Deezer is coming soon.
One difference between this watch and the Forerunner 645 is in the controls. As the Vivoactive 3 Music only has one physical button, music will be controlled via the high-res touchscreen chroma display. This means you need to use the Side Swipe interface to scroll through song lists and more.
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As before, the watch will come with connected features including smart notifications and text replies (Android only). You get 15 preloaded sports apps, wrist-based heart rate, VO2 max, fitness age estimate, all-day stress tracking and more. Finally, you’ll be able to leave your cash and cards at home thanks to the integration of Garmin Pay.
The new timepiece measures 43.1 x 43.1 x 13.6 mm (H x W x D), and comes in at 39 grams. Just like the non-music version, water resistance is an excellent 5 ATM which means its good down to depths of 50 meters. In case you were wondering, battery life is up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and up to 5 hours in GPS with music mode.
“Music can be a huge motivating component of any workout or activity, and we’re excited to give our customers the ability to ditch their phones and listen to their favorite songs right from their wrist,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales.
“And with Garmin Pay, you can leave your wallet back at home, too, making it easier than ever to just get up and go.”
The integration of music into the Garmin Vivoactive 3 makes perfect sense to us. It will make this watch an even better all-rounder. The new sports watch can be picked up on Amazon.
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