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Sound and vision: Garmin vívoactive 3 Music

Garmin has announced the vívoactive 3 Music, a GPS smartwatch with integrated music that ‘lets users bring along their favourite tunes to every workout or activity’. Featuring Garmin Pay contactless payments and ‘thousands of ways to customize’ with free watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps through the Garmin Connect IQ store, the vívoactive 3 Music is positioned as a ‘perfect accessory for running errands, running a 10K, and everything in between’.

“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 favourite songs right from their wrist,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales. “And with Garmin Pay, you can leave your wallet back at home, too, making it easier than ever to just get up and go.”

Featuring the same fitness, wellness and smart connectivity features first introduced on the vívoactive 3, the vívoactive 3 Music gives users an ‘extra pep in their step’ with on-device music storage of up to 500 songs. Users can download offline music playlists from select music streaming services such as Deezer (coming soon), or transfer music from a computer directly to the watch. Once the music is loaded, the vívoactive 3 Music is paired with a set of compatible Bluetooth headphones (sold separately).



Garmin adds that its Garmin Pay offering, a contactless payment solution, means vívoactive 3 Music wearers can leave their cash and credit cards at home and still stop for a coffee, pop in a store, or grab a bite to eat throughout their day. Utilizing their Garmin Pay wallet, users have the same rewards and benefits of physical cards, with the convenience of having them right on the wrist for contactless payment.

With Elevate wrist-based heart rate and over 15 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps including yoga, running, strength training and more, the vívoactive 3 Music has features to keep up with a varied active lifestyle. The always-on Garmin Chroma Display is billed as being easy to read — even in direct sunlight. Like all of Garmin’s wearables, it is safe for swimming and showering and has a battery life of up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and 5 hours in GPS with music mode.

Garmin adds that customization has never been easier with thousands of watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps available to download from the Garmin Connect IQ store… ‘Keep tabs on when your ride is arriving with Uber ETA, turn on the lights at home with the SmartThings app, or check the AccuWeather MinuteCast app to find out when the rain is going to start.’

The redesigned Garmin Connect aims to make it ‘easier than ever to beat yesterday’ with colourful activity cards that give users an at-a-glance to the most important stats. Activities and other stats captured by the device are presented in detail with data customized and filtered so that the user is only seeing what is most relevant to his or her goals. Users can connect with friends and family to motivate one another, join challenges, engage in friendly competitions and ‘score colourful new Garmin Connect badges when goals are crushed’.

The vívoactive 3 Music comes with a black silicone 20mm quick release industry standard band has a recommended retail price of £229.99 and is available now. Accessory bands in different sizes are available for purchase separately for £27.99.




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