Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Gives Fitness and Playback Capabilities to Extreme Athletes

For athletes around the world, fitness focused wearables have made their exercise routines a lot easier to track and monitor. Garmin has been rolling out GPS watches with music playback for a while now, but have traditionally been a lot more expensive than the average person can afford. Now, they are looking to penetrate a lower segment of the market with the Vivoactive 3 Music.

The new wearable brings Bluetooth audio and 500-song storage to an otherwise unchanged package from last year, while dropping the price ever so slightly. This fitness smartwatch can monitor more than 15 distinct fitness activities and also has an NFC payment method included. One of the standout feature for most fitness fanatics, though, is definitely the seven day battery life in smartphone mode. When the GPS is active, however, you will most likely need to charge is daily.

The new sleep tracking goes beyond basic movement tracking to include heart rate variability and other data. The result is far more accurate tracking that shouldn't exaggerate the amount of deep sleep you get during the night. The new $300 price point is much more palatable to prospective buyers.

At launch, Garmin lets you download offline music playlists from iHeartRadio, with Deezer said to be coming soon. Unfortunately, more popular streaming music services from Spotify, Amazon, Google, and Apple aren’t supported. But if it’s any consolation, you can always transfer music directly to the smartwatch from your computer.