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.
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. When outside, you can use Garmin Pay to buy coffee and snacks and when you get back home, the SmartThings integration will let you control smart devices at home. They can also download select music service apps from Connect IQ store, and then sync their customized playlists to their watch for offline ad-free listening. A similar partnership with Deezer is coming soon, but we'd like to see Pandora (available on the Fitbit Versa) or Spotify. You can also transfer music directly from your computer to the watch.
Garmin announces vívoactive 3 Music, a GPS smartwatch with on-device music storage
Speaking of music, Garmin's latest offers on-device storage for up to 500 songs. The non-music vivoactive 3 watch has dropped to $250. From there, simply pair the wearable with a set of compatible Bluetooth headphones and you're off to the races. 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. This new version, dubbed the Vivoactive 3 Music, is pretty much the same as the original that debuted past year, but with one key difference: it comes with onboard storage you can fill up with music. With GPS tracking and music playing, the battery will last 5 hours.
Still, if you're into athletic activities, it's hard to compete against this bad boy at $300.
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