Garmin's Vivoactive 3 Music brings tunes to weekend warriors

Lewis Collier
June 14, 2018

Garmin makes a lot of fitness watches.

After all, Garmin ensures that the Vivoactive 3 Music comes with all of the features that launched with last year's model, and the list is extensive.

After debuting music support with the Forerunner 645 Music earlier this year, the Vivoactive 3 Music is Garmin's latest sports watch to get some audio playing love. Garmin's also promising an improved sleep tracking system that's arriving "soon", using heart rate variability and adding REM, light and deep sleep awareness - much like what Fitbit already does. You don't need to buy a new watch (it works with the original Vivoactive 3, Forerunner 645/935, Vivosport, Vivosmart 3 and Vivomove HR), but it's good to know you'll have it out of the box.

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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.

Alternatively, you can add MP3 files (remember those?) to your watch using Garmin's Express desktop software. "And with Garmin Pay, you can leave your wallet back at home, too, making it easier than ever to just get up and go". I then paired my Bluetooth earphones to the watch (any will do - even AirPods). 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. It's not a hard process, though it's not quite as easy as syncing Apple Music playlists to the Apple Watch, for instance. 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.

Stay tuned for our full review of the device.

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