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Garmin vívoactive 3 Music Smartwatch – Your Songs on Your Wrist

If you’re considering buying a new smartwatch, take a look at the Garmin vívoactive 3 Music Smartwatch. This amazing GPS smartwatch is packed with features.

Starting with its Spotify integration, the Garmin vívoactive 3 Music comes at a great value for the amount of functionalities it has to offer, plus a really important thing for any wristwatch… It’s extremely comfortable to wear it!

Garmin Ltd. (also known as just “Garmin”, and formerly known as ProNav) is an American multinational technology company founded in 1989 by Gary Burrell and Min Kao in Lenexa, Kansas, United States with headquarters in Olathe, Kansas. Since 2010, the company is incorporated in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

From playing sports to playing your favorite songs, the vívoactive 3 Music is “The Smartwatch” you’ve been looking to get for your active life. It features on-device music storage, allowing you to bring your tunes along for every workout. This sporty smartwatch also features wrist-based heart rate and offers more than 15 preloaded sports apps, meaning that you can choose how you like to get fit. Lastly, its built-in GPS lets you accurately record your outdoor activities.

Now, let’s take a detailed look at the Garmin vívoactive 3 Music Smartwatch.




The Garmin vívoactive 3 Music Smartwatch measures 1.69″ x 1.69″ x 0.53″ (43.1 x 43.1 x 13.6 mm), fitting wrists with a circumference of 5-8.03 inches (127-204 mm), and weighs a mere 1.37 oz. The smartwatch’s display lens material is a sturdy, durable glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3), its case is made of a hard plastic/polymer material, and its strap is made of a durable silicone.

vívoactive 3 Music Design

Display Specs

The vívoactive 3 Music Smartwatch comes equipped with a sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display that measures 1.2 inches (30.4mm) in diameter, offering its users a display resolution of 240 x 240 pixels. Its Garmin Chroma Display is comfortable, convenient and easy to see, and is housed under extra-durable glass, keeping everything safe and sound.

vívoactive 3 Music Display


The vívoactive 3 Music Smartwatch can record up to 7 timed activities and allows users to store up to 14 days of activity tracking data.

Waterproof Rating

The vívoactive 3 Music is also waterproof, and is rated with “Swim, 5 ATM” waterproof rating, meaning you can use it while practicing swimming. It should be used for Pool Swimming only, since it’s where it tracks your swimming stats best.


The vívoactive 3 Music comes equipped with nine sensors, which are: a GPS, a GLONASS (GLObal NAvigation Satellite System”) sensor, a Galileo sensor (Europe’s own global navigation satellite system), a Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate monitor, a Barometric altimeter, a Compass, a Gyroscope, an Accelerometer, and a Thermometer.

vívoactive 3 Music Sensors

Battery Life

When users run their vívoactive 3 Music just in Smartwatch Mode, the watch is capable of offering up to 7 days of battery life. Running the vívoactive 3 Music in GPS mode without music will offer users up to 13 hours of battery life, while running the smartwatch in GPS mode with music will only offer up to 5 hours of battery life.


The Garmin vívoactive 3 Music Smartwatch is compatible with devices that are running Android 5.0 (Android Lollipop – released in November of 2014) OS or later and with Apple iOS 11.0 or later (making it compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch).



Within the box users will find: one Garmin vívoactive 3 Music Smartwatch, the included Charging/Data Cable (also used to transfer data, like music from your computer, and store it in the smartwatch), and the corresponding Documentation.



Smartphone-Free Work Out – Your Watch, Your Music

With the vívoactive 3 Music smartwatch you have the music that keeps you moving right on your wrist, meaning that you can finally leave your phone behind when you work out.

vívoactive 3 Music Playlist

The vívoactive 3 Music offers storage room for up to 500 songs. By using the Garmin Express software users can easily transfer music from their computer, and then queue up their favorite songs for easy listening through Bluetooth-enabled headphones. Users can also download select music service apps from Garmin’s Connect IQ store, and then sync their customized playlists to their  vívoactive 3 Music smartwatch for offline ad-free listening (this might require premium subscription by a third-party music provider).

Payment Integrations – Pay Your Way

The vívoactive 3 Music smartwatch features Garmin Pay, letting you confirm purchases with your watch. Use it just about anywhere you can tap your card to pay (clicking here will let you check current supported countries, payment networks and issuing bank information).

vívoactive 3 Music Payment Integrations

With the vívoactive 3 Music you can leave your wallet behind without missing out on that post-run caffè latte. All you have to do is tap, pay, and go back to your daily routine; it’s that simple.

Connect IQ store Compatible – Customize It Your Way

The vívoactive 3 Music is compatible with Garmin’s Connect IQ store, where users can download watch faces, widgets and apps to transform it into their dream smartwatch. This allows you to keep tabs on when your Uber is arriving, turn on your lights at home with the SmartThings App, and even use the AccuWeather MinuteCast App to check the weather.

vívoactive 3 Music Uber

Covers Multiple Sports – Play More Sports

The vívoactive 3 Music covers more than 15 preloaded sports Apps, so finding a fun way to stay active is easy. This smartwatch allows you to hit the golf course, go for a bike ride, take a yoga class, or even try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding.

vívoactive 3 Music Sports

When you head outside, its built-in GPS lets the vívoactive 3 Music track the details of your chosen activity, and no phone connection is required. This smartwatch is the perfect sports companion, also proving capable of tracking snowboarding and swimming stats (and at least a dozen other options in between).

Pool Swimming Features

Regarding its Pool Swimming Features, the vívoactive 3 Music features 6 different Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories). It also covers 4 different types of Stroke detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly), but this is for pool swimming only. It also offers a basic rest timer (up from 0), as well as time and distance alerts.

Extremely Weatherproof – Fits You and All You Do

The vívoactive 3 Music is capable of withstanding all kinds of weather, meaning you can freely take it outside with you at any time. Not only is this smartwatch safe for swimming and showering (“Swim, 5 ATM” waterproof rating), but its Garmin Chroma Display is easy to read, even when under direct sunlight (as said before, it features a sunlight-visible, transflective MIP display) or heavy rain.

Download and Create Workouts

With the vívoactive 3 Music, you can keep your workout schedule fresh. Users can choose from preloaded workouts, or simply create their own custom running, cycling, cardio or strength workouts, and download them to their watch. Then, the vívoactive 3 Music will easily keep track of all the exercises, reps, sets and rest time.

vívoactive 3 Music Custom Workouts

Daily Fitness and Stress Tracking

Thanks to its featured Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology3, the vívoactive 3 Music smartwatch lets you monitor key aspects of your fitness and stress to show how your body responds under various circumstances.

vívoactive 3 Music Playlist Stress Tracking

For example, it’s able to estimate your VO2 max and fitness age, important indicators of your physical fitness that can often improve over time with regular exercise. It also tracks your heart rate variability (HRV), which is used to calculate and track your stress level. The smartwatch can make you aware when physical or emotional sources cause your stress level to rise so you can find a way to relieve the pressure.

Always Connected

Since life doesn’t come with a pause button, the vívoactive 3 Music smartwatch allows you to stay connected with the world all day long. After pairing it with your compatible smartphone, you’ll be able to receive and even respond to text messages (this feature is available for Android users only) and see social media updates, emails and more right on your wrist.

vívoactive 3 Messaging

Find your phone, access music controls, and let friends follow your outdoor sports with the LiveTrack feature. Your finished activities will even automatically upload to the Garmin Connect online fitness community.

Share & Compete with friends via Garmin Connect

Syncing your activities to Garmin Connect is more than just uploading your data to the online fitness community. Garmin Connect is a thriving online community where anyone that’s on-the-go can connect and compete by joining challenges, encourage each other’s successes and even share their triumphs via social media.

vívoactive 3 Music Playlist

Garmin Connect is free and available on the web or on your compatible smartphone. If you get the vívoactive 3 Music Smartwatch, your Facebook’s Wall can easily become a daily blog of your fitness journey.

Choose From Millions of Tracks

The vívoactive 3 Music is compatible with some of your favorite streaming services (more are added periodically), so you’ll never get bored with your workout playlist since you can change it up anytime.

vívoactive 3 Music Playlist

And the best part is that if you have a premium membership to any of these streaming services,  you can freely download each and  every track in their massive library for offline listening on your watch.

Top-notch Headphones Compatibility

When going for a run, make sure you have the right headphones for the job. The vívoactive 3 Music pairs effortlessly with a wide variety of Bluetooth wireless technology-enabled headphones. This includes earbuds that stay firmly in place during your most intense runs and have long-lasting battery life.

Perfect for the Ladies – Track Your Cycle

Get a better understanding of your body using the Garmin Connect menstrual cycle tracking feature. Use it to track cycle details, log physical and emotional symptoms and record personal notes for regular, irregular and menopause transition cycle types. You’ll get education about training and nutrition during each phase of your current cycle, too. With the Connect IQ app6, you’ll get cycle updates — such as period reminders, cycle details and symptoms logged for the day — delivered to your wrist.

Safety Ready with Tracking Features

The vívoactive 3 Music also provides safety and tracking features, offering a little extra peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

vívoactive 3 Music Safety Ready

If any accident happens while your watch is paired with your compatible smartphone, all you have to do is hold the smartwatch’s button down until you feel the watch vibrate 3 times. This activates the assistance feature, discreetly sending a message with your real-time location to your preloaded emergency contacts. This means that whoever you messaged for help is assured to have an easier time finding you.

The smartwatch also has incident detection, meaning that it automatically sends a message with your real-time location to preloaded emergency contacts if an incident is detected during an outdoor walk, run or bike activity.



The Garmin vívoactive 3 Music Smartwatch is packed with features, meaning it easily fits on your wrist and directly into your fitness lifestyle. The smartwatch features Payment Integrations, covers more than 15 preloaded sports Apps, is Safety Ready with Tracking Features for any SOS situations, supports multiple music streaming services, and is compatible with both Android and Apple iOS.

vívoactive 3 Music Models

The Garmin vívoactive 3 Music Smartwatch is currently available in 7 different models: Black with Silver Hardware ($250), Granite Blue with Rose Gold Hardware ($250), Black with Silver Hardware ($250), Black with Slate Hardware ($280), White with Silver Hardware ($250), White with Rose Gold Hardware ($280), and Black with Red Accents and Slate Hardware ($300).

If you’re interested in getting the Garmin vívoactive 3 Music Smartwatch, each unit is currently priced between $250 and $300 (depending on what model you choose to go with). You can order yours right now directly from Garmin’s official USA website, by accessing this page.

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