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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music, the logical step


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Today Garmin is making a new watch official, or rather, a new version of its Vivoactive 3 watch. Forerunner 645The music playback seems to be less of a "hit" with this model.

>> Full analysis Garmin Vivoactive 3

This is the only new feature in the new model, which will be easy to identify as it changes its appearance slightly. Instead of having a metal finishing bezel, in the Vivoactive 3 Music it is finished in chemically treated shiny glass. Here you can see both and compare the differences.

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music

This new possibility will help the Vivoactive 3 to fight in a better position with the rest of the smart watches in the segment, such as the Apple Watch, Fitbit Ionic or the Samsung Gear Sport. Logically, the difference with Garmin is that it is a watch that is better prepared to practice sports than the rest of its rivals, but that could have a very negative point in the absence of music reproduction (depending on the type of user).

The possibility of making wireless payments with Garmin Pay (already being introduced in Spain, soon to be compatible with La Caixa cards), compatibility with the latest version of Connect IQ, many sports profiles, GPS, possibility of creating advanced training, VO2Max estimation, etc.

What's clear is that the watch's range, if used in combination with GPS and playback, will be reduced. The total figure stays at about 5 hours of battery life, similar to what Forerunner 645 Music offers. However, if you don't use the music player, the range returns to its normal condition of about 13 hours of training.

And what can we store in its memory? Well, there is space for almost 4GB of music, which you can upload manually (synchronizing your music library or dragging to memory, although the first option is better) or synchronizing with streaming platforms. At the moment it is only compatible with Deezer and iHeartRadio where the platform can be used, but Deezer has not yet launched its application, but it should not take long. However if you are interested in learning more about the musical possibilities of Vivoactive 3 Music I recommend that you take a look at the FR645 Music test part that covers it.

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music, Availability and Pricing

The Vivoactive 3 Music should not take long to reach the market. Logical, considering that it is a model that is already marketed. Its official price is 329 that is expected to end up slightly lowered when it reaches the various suppliers. But it still has to reach the price level of normal Vivoactive 3, which just this week is 189.


And with that... thanks for reading!

Eduardo Mateos

I've been surrounded by electronic devices of all kinds for more than 25 years. Using them, testing them, taking them apart and dissecting them. Long distance triathlete: I swim, run and cycle for a long time. Maybe too much.

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  1. Good morning Eduardo, after careful consideration, and based on your analysis I'm going to buy the Garmin Vivoactive 3 watch. I saw in this publication that you provide a link to Amazon Italy where the device is worth 189 ?, and before using it, I wanted to ask you if I will have any problem regarding the guarantee, and regarding the change of language. Since in Amazon Spain this device is for about 257 ?, but, I want to make sure that despite the savings I will get the same guarantees.

    1. You don't have any problem with the warranty or with the device. In fact you will receive the invoice from Amazon Spain (even if you buy it in Italy). The watch is the same in all Europe. The discount is because this week is Garmin week at Amazon Italy, and they have the Vivoactive 3 on promotion. And thanks for supporting the page with your purchases!

  2. Do you know if the headset alerts you to changes in advanced training? When you go from warm-up to series for example.

    Thank you!

        1. In Garmin Connect you must go to the device. You will find the option under "Activity options".

  3. I bought it at amazon it, and great, just one thing Eduardo to see if you can help me, the clock is great in everything, when they call me I see the call on the phone, but I can't see in any way the notifications from whattssap or any other social network, there is no way, I have an iphone 8 plus, everything updated, notifications enabled in ios, well I don't know what to do anymore.

    In 27 hours I had the Garmin at home, a blast.

    1. In Garmin Connect, you have the settings for all notifications. Within the device settings, you have the notifications menu on your phone, where you can set up what you want to be notified during and outside of the activity. You will have it selected in calls only.

  4. Good afternoon.

    I'm buying the Vivoactive 3 and music model with Forerunner and would like to know from your point of view which one is better. I use it for running from 10km and swimming in pools, sometimes I go to the mountains but not much.

    Thank you in advance

    1. For a basic use, either one of them will work perfectly (you don't even have to say which Forerunner model you're thinking of, there are many and very different).

  5. where you recommend loading the watch into the computer or a wall socket if this is the one you recommend.
    I don't want the battery to suffer and deteriorate quickly

    1. It doesn't matter if you charge it on a computer or with a charger, in the end the current it will receive is exactly the same.

  6. I don't think it's the same to charge it with a 2 amp charger as it is to charge it with a 5 amp charger

    1. The fact that a charger is capable of delivering 5A does not mean that the device will receive it. It is the device that demands power, it does not "swallow" everything that comes into it.

  7. Good I am hesitating between this model and the forerunner 735 xt that I have caught for 190€, I think the 735 is better watch but this is much more modern than the other that is 2016 I think and I have enough doubts, basically what I do is race (background and series), gym and a little swimming, any recommendation?
    Thank you!

    1. The 735XT is more capable on the run, but has fewer options especially on the smart side. It already depends on what you're looking for and why you're leaning more.

  8. Hi, Eduardo,
    Thank you very much for all the information you provide.
    I just bought a Vivoactive 3 Music and I have a question, is it normal that the pulse sensor is always on except when you take off the watch and it detects that it is no longer on (due to lack of movement)? Is there no way to measure the pulse every X minutes and not continuously? I get the impression that this mode of operation drains the battery quickly.
    Thank you very much.

      1. Thank you very much for the prompt response Eduardo.
        I will then consider turning off the sensor except during activities.
        A salute.

      2. It occurred to me that it might be possible to extend the autonomy by using a watchface that does not update very often (all those with a second hand have to update the display at least once per second). Or maybe by using a wathface that doesn't display anything except when the backlight is activated (if such a thing exists).

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