Garmin has just announced a riff on its Vivoactive 3 portable device that adds a local storage and music player to the combined training tracker and the GPS smart watch. It's called Vivoactive 3 Music and it will appear on the list for $ 299.99, approximately $ 50 more than the initial price of the music-free edition.
The Vivoactive 3 was announced for the first time in August as a direct competitor of smart watches tracking physical fitness sold by Apple. Fitbit and Samsung. The Vivoactive 3 Music has all the features of the original, including Garmin Pay's contactless payments, a sliding touch bezel, heart rate sensors, VO2 max fitness level calculations, a set of activity trackers integrated, phone notifications, and support for third-party clock faces and applications such as SmartThings and Uber. Only now can you store up to 500 songs that you can listen to on paired headphones via Bluetooth, without the need for a phone.
At the launch, Garmin allows you to download music playlists offline from iHeartRadio, and Deezer says it will be coming soon. Unfortunately, the most popular music streaming services from Spotify, Amazon, Google and Apple are not compatible. But if it's any consolation, you can transfer music directly to the smartwatch from your computer.
Unlike Gamin's most hardcore Forerunner series, Vivoactive Music 3 targets urbanites looking for a "do it all" device they can use all day : at home, the office, the gym and all the intermediate points. Even at night thanks to the inclusion of the new advanced sleep monitoring in Garmin Connect. It is also safe to bathe and shower with a seven-day battery in smart watch mode or five hours in GPS mode and music.
The Vivoactive 3 Music is now available for $ 299.99, with accessory bands available for $ 29.99.