Garmin's new smartwatch features on-device storage for up to 500 songs

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Garmin's new smartwatch features on-device storage for up to 500 songs

Garmin has clearly made music a priority with its latest wearables.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music caters to an audience that takes fitness slightly less seriously than the Forerunner family's followers, thus fetching a reasonable $299.99.

Garmin on Wednesday added a bit more versatility to its Vivoactive 3 smartwatch with the introduction of the Vivoactive 3 Music, a new model that adds local music storage to the mix.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 debuted a year ago and impressed us with its responsive touchscreen, a strong Global Positioning System signal that quickly locks in your location, and the addition of mobile payments.

Deezer support is also "coming soon" (for offline playlist downloads only), or you can transfer music directly from a computer to your Global Positioning System smartwatch. "And with Garmin Pay, you can leave your wallet back at home, too, making it easier than ever to just get up and go". Support for Deezer is coming soon, as well. It also comes in at £100 cheaper than the Forerunner 645 Music, so if you can live without the more advanced metrics and want that music, it may well have some appeal.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is really for those who will take advantage of its music storage and offline listening. Otherwise, it's virtually identical in design and abilities as the Vivoactive 3. Then you need to pair some sweat-proof headphones and head out.

If you're interested in a Garmin smartwatch with onboard storage for music, the Vivoactive 3 Music is a significantly more affordable option than the Forerunner 645 Music. The other big feature is battery life: it can last up to seven days in smartphone mode, and up to 5 hours when in Global Positioning System with music mode. With music and more advanced sleep-tracking, the Vivoactive 3 Music could be the Global Positioning System watch that's useful for most people. You can order it today for $300.

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