Garmin’s new Vivoactive 3 Music is the best competitor to the Apple Watch

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Garmin’s Vivoactive 3 held one of the top spots in my laundry list of last year’s best wearables. With its sleek design, wide fitness capabilities, GPS navigation, and NFC payments, the 3 more than held its own against the Apple Care for Series 3 and the Fitbit Ionic.

Today, Garmin announced a new version of the Vivoactive 3 with a spotlight that brings the device up to par with the newest versions of its competition: music storage.

The new $299 Vivoactive 3 Music is a smartwatch with all of the acts included on the original Vivoactive 3 plus space for about 500 melodies. It also has Garmin’s new advanced sleep-monitoring technology, which uses heart-rate variability (to each other pieces of data) to more accurately determine sleep exhibits throughout the night. I wore the Vivoactive 3 Music for a few days ahead of its launch to get a feel for how much of an impact these small, yet important, updates have in the offing on an already stellar device.

Garmin didn’t mess with the Vivoactive 3’s intent plot too much, but immediately noticeable on the new device is the glass-like bezel surrounding the touchscreen. The unique Vivoactive 3 had a metal circle and side-swipe features on the left side of its if it happens—both of those are gone now, replaced by a seamless black case that happens to bleed off its circumference. The device is incredibly light, and its traditional watch plan helps it blend into nearly any outfit. I appreciated the original Vivoactive 3’s enterprise because it was leaps and bounds better than the chunky Vivoactive HR. The elfin changes that make the Vivoactive 3 Music unique also part of another step forward in Garmin’s hardware-design journey.

Music storage

Garmin announced music storage on the $449 Forerunner 645 Music earlier this year, and that peculiarity begins to trickle down into other devices with the Vivoactive 3 Music. Looking at the original 3 had Garmin Pay capabilities, the only other advanced feature it was needing was music storage.

The Vivoactive 3 Music can hold about 500 long stories (supporting .mp3 and .aac file types) downloaded from your PC using Garmin Out-and-out or from supported streaming services. Currently, the device supports iHeartRadio and Deezer, so Spotify, Pandora, and other subscribers are stilly out of luck.

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