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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music fitness GPS watch has arrived

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music available now for order

After much speculation, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 music has been released and the only difference between the previous Vivoactive 3 and the new Vivoactive 3 Music, well its music.

Ok, I am being a little unfair on the new Garmin wearable, it does come in a different colour and feature a slightly different designed bezel, but everything is pretty much the same with the exception of the music storage.

Its all about the Music

The first Garmin fitness watch to include music was the Forerunner 645 and some argued at the time that the original Vivoactive 3 should have included music given it was so close to the FR645 music launch date.Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music release

The Vivoactive 3 Music will come with music that also features on the Forerunner 645. Garmin has included 4GB of internal memory which will let you store and listen to up to 500 of your tunes, phone-free through Bluetooth headphones. The integrated music player will also work with Deezer and iHeartRadio.

Garmin has continued the partnership with Skullcandy and offering a discount off sports earbud if you buy a Vivoactive 3 Music.

A new colour but familiar design

The Vivoactive 3 Music comes in black stainless steel with a black silicone 20mm quick release band. Garmin has slightly changed the bezel design and the size is 43.1 x 43.1 x 13.6 mm, which makes the VA3 Music slightly thicker than the previous VA3

Looking at the renders provided by Garmin, it would appear the back of the Vivoactive 3 music has changed with the charging port sitting right-hand side and the back of the case being made of polymer.Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music design

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Other than a few cosmetic changes, the Vivoactive 3 and the Vivoactive 3 Music appear the same with identical button and the touchscreen made of Chemically strengthened glass.

Sports tracking on the Vivoactive 3 Music

You get 15 preloaded sports apps including GPS tracking for those activities that need it, wrist-based heart rate, VO2 max, fitness age estimate, and the ability to create workouts which you can download on the Vivoactive 3.

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In addition to the fitness tracking above, the Vivoactive 3 Music will also come with strength rep counting and stress tracking that came with the original VA3 back in September 2017.

Garmin advanced sleep tracking

Whilst the Vivoactive 3 Music comes with sleep tracking, it will also come with advanced sleep tracking, but this was not in the press release nor does it appear on the Garmin site, so I suspect it will come via a software update in the future.

Most Garmin wearables track sleep, but the company improved on its methods by incorporating metrics like heart-rate variability to better estimate time in light, deep, and REM sleep. Currently, sleep graphs and charts in Garmin Connect already account for sleep stages and awake time, but the new feature should make this information more accurate than it was before, but its still coming soon.

Just as smart as the Vivoactive 3

Garmin has also included all the same smart features from the previous model in the Vivoactive 3 Music. These include smart notifications, Garmin Pay and it will pair with the Garmin Connect Mobile app that is available for iOS and Android.

As mentioned the Vivoactive 3 Music will come with Garmin Pay, but Garmin needs to get a hurry on with the rollout especially in the UK and Europe to start to catch up with other contactless payment solutions.

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Vívoactive 3 Music is compatible with our Connect IQ store, where you can download watch faces, widgets and apps that you can use to customise your watch. You can also connect it to SmartTHings and other apps to improve your life and smart home automation.

Vivoactive 3 Music release and pricing

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is available for order now and will start shipping in the next 7-10 days with a retail price of £299.99 / $299.99.

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Final thoughts on the Vivoactive 3 Music.

With the latest release of the Vivoactive 3 coming with Music, this is clear indication that Garmin are adopting the strategy to maximise every product lineup and going with the approaching of adding new hardware features to existing designs, rather than releasing a new product line entirely.

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Jon Ratcliffe
I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles and I like combining this with fitness.My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.You can contact Jon on Twitter @ActiveJR1

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