Garmin's newest Vivoactive 3 smartwatch adds music, improved sleep tracking

Lawrence Kim
June 14, 2018

Garmin has clearly made music a priority with its latest wearables. The same is true of the life when using Global Positioning System with music, which Garmin places around five hours - the same as with the Forerunner 645 Music, which we found to be on the money.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 debuted a year ago 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. Those songs can be transferred from your computer or downloaded from a music streaming service.

Garmin is following up on the Forerunner 645 Music (a $450 watch) with the vivoactive 3 Music – a $300 watch. "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 Vivoactive 3 Music offers enough storage to hold about 500 songs, and you can connect Bluetooth headphones to the device to listen without your phone. Unfortunately, if you're a subscriber to Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music or Google Play Music, offline listening is off the table for you (for now). It has Global Positioning System, a heart-rate sensor and built-in Bluetooth to connect to your favorite pair of wireless running headphones.

Interestingly, Garmin claims that the Vivoactive 3 Music will also retain the week-long battery life we experienced through the original model, though we suspect this will reduce slightly the more you hammer the tunes.

There is some tweaking the design department with a glossier, chemically strengthened glass finish, which sees a departure change from the metallic look featured on the Vivoactive 3. 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.

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

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