"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.
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. 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.
With today's introduction of the Vivoactive 3 Music, the American company specializing in Global Positioning System technology in addition to wearables has two products allowing runners, cyclists, swimmers and multi-sport athletes to take their tunes on the road with them. Support for Deezer is coming soon, as well. You can also transfer music directly from your computer to the watch.
The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is really for those who will take advantage of its music storage and offline listening. Then you need to pair some sweat-proof headphones and head out. It works with Garmin Pay and is waterproof, too. 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. That's 50 bucks higher than the current price of the "standard" Vivoactive 3, and the only apparent upgrade is a music player compatible with songs downloaded from streaming services like iHeartRadio. You can order it today for $300.
Namely, up to 7 days in "smartwatch mode", 13 hours with the built-in Global Positioning System chip turned on, and around 5 hours in "GPS mode" with music.