Garmin vívoactive 3 Music: Your Songs on Your Wrist

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See the pattern? For reference, the Forerunner 645 and the Vivoactive 3 are both excellent GPS-equipped smartwatches, but the former is smartwatch with more features for serious runners (instead of just athletes).

To get music on there in the first place you can either transfer it from your computer or download offline music playlists from select streaming services.

Garmin is following up on the Forerunner 645 Music (a $450 watch) with the vivoactive 3 Music – a $300 watch. Deezer is given as an example of one such service, but apparently support for this is coming soon rather than being available now.

Speaking of music, Garmin's latest offers on-device storage for up to 500 songs. Once music is loaded onto the wrist and a pair of Bluetooth headphones are connected, everything is ready to go.

Another Garmin smartwatch is bringing the tunes as Vivoactive 3 Music is unveiled
Garmin announces vívoactive 3 Music, a GPS smartwatch with on-device music storage

The Vivoactive 3 Music will set you back £299.99, making it an extra £20 for the luxury of music support over the Vivoactive 3. 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). The non-music vivoactive 3 watch has dropped to $250. It works with Garmin Pay and is waterproof, too. 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. This new version, dubbed the Vivoactive 3 Music, is pretty much the same as the original that debuted a year ago, but with one key difference: it comes with onboard storage you can fill up with music.

Mainly focused on in-depth activity tracking and professional workout motivation, Garmin's robust wearable devices can do most of the things the industry-leading Apple Watch Series 3 is capable of, except for standalone voice calls.

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