Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

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 process of adding music to the Vivoactive 3 is exactly the same as on the Forerunner 645 Music, which was Garmin's first watch to offer on-board music storage. Earlier this year, the Forerunner 645 Music ($450) - read our review, here - added built-in music to the already excellent Forerunner 645 ($400).

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. 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. It's a great and sensible move for Garmin, as most people who workout with music would love to leave their smartphone at home; however, it should be noted that at launch the Vivoactive 3 Music will only work with iHeartRadio at launch. A similar partnership with Deezer is coming soon, but we'd like to see Pandora (available on the Fitbit Versa) or Spotify. The other big feature is battery life: it can last up to seven days in smartphone mode, and up to 5 hours when in Global Positioning System with music mode. From there, simply pair the wearable with a set of compatible Bluetooth headphones and you're off to the races.

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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. Otherwise, it's virtually identical in design and abilities as the Vivoactive 3. That's still not trivial if you just want music for your gym workouts, but it's far more palpable if you insist on robust fitness tracking.

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

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