Battery Life: is 7 days in smartwatch mode, 5 hours in GPS mode with music, or 13 hours GPS without music
Waterproof: to 50 meters, you don't have to worry about being caught out in the rain. Naturally since its geared to track your swimming as well!
Pre-loaded Workouts Included: Covers your cardio, strength training along with cycling training, and more!
Sleep Monitoring: Monitors your total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep
Touch Screen Display: is Always On! Along with a bright "Backlight" for viewing when light is low
Preloaded Gym Activities/Profiles: Cardio Workouts, Strength Workouts, Automatic Rep Counting, Stair Stepping and Floor Climbing, Elliptical Training, Rowing and even Yoga and more! Tracks via GPS speed and distance
V02 Max Tracking: is a measurement of how well your body uses oxygen when you're working out at your hardest. It reflects the aerobic physical fitness of the individual and is an important determinant of their endurance capacity during prolonged exercise. Put simply, the higher your VO2 Max, the more fit you are.
Activity History: right on the watch!
Heart Rate Features include: Establishing your HR Zones. HR Alerts, Calories Burned, % of HR Max
Connects to ANT+ sensors: Specifically, the ANT+ HR strap, ANT+ Speed/Cadence sensors, Foot-pods, and Tempe units (also connects to Bluetooth Smart sensors per the above). It does NOT connect to power meters, but DOES connect to VIRB action cameras, ANT+ Cycling lights, and Garmin ANT+ Cycling Radar.
Preloaded Run Profiles: Indoor Track Running - Treadmill Running, Foot Pod Capable Synch
Standard Golfing Function Tracking
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)
Yardage to layups/doglegs
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course). This could be your best golfing buddy!
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)
Green View with manual pin position
Hazards and course targets
Round timer/odometer. I mean, you have here the best qualities of a golf watch that also measures up to the “Top” of the line fitness watches!
Outdoor Recreation Features
Preloaded outdoor recreation profiles:
Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing
Preloaded cycling profiles
Biking, Indoor Biking
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal)
Preloaded swim profiles
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories)
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly)
Pool swim workouts
Swim efficiency (SWOLF)
3 Differences to the original Vivoactive 3 however are:
- You no longer have the ability to flip the watch 180°: You can’t make the button be on the left or right side by flipping the watch user interface over
- No side swipe interface points on side of watch: These allowed up/down movement through menus
- Thickness: There is a very slight increase in thickness. Previously the Vivoactive 3 was 11.7mm, now it’s 13.6mm, or 15% difference. But think about it that’s only 2mm.
To put that in perspective though, it’s only .4mm thicker than the Fitbit Ionic (which is 12.2mm). It’s 1.2mm thicker than an Apple Watch which is 11.4mm.
The Music Feature:
The Vivoactive 3 Music has different hardware than the Vivoactive 3 does, specifically, the storage space for the music. Meaning, this wasn't something that Garmin could simply issue a software update for existing Vivoactive 3 owners. It required additional internal space to put that music on. It may also have a different Bluetooth stack/chipset on it as well, so it can properly connect to both Bluetooth headphones as well as Bluetooth sensors and your phone.
The Garmin Vivoactive3 Music, has 3.5GB of usable storage space for music. Though in reality that also includes any apps and workouts you have. But the total storage space for apps and workouts for a month is less than a single song. So realistically almost all of that is going to be music. When it comes to the types of music you can put on it, it’s roughly in two major types:
Files you transfer: This includes all of the following supported file types MP3, M4A, AAC, ADTS, WAV, M3U, M3U8, WLP, ZPL, PLS
Streaming services: This includes iHeartRadio and Deezer (Coming Soon on Deezer)
The key thing with the files that you transfer is they have to be unprotected. So, you can’t move over protected music that’s from another streaming service or isn’t totally owned by you. Inversely, when dealing with the streaming services, it has to be one of the ones that Garmin has a partnership with. Meaning, no Spotify yet.
Getting Regular (non-streaming) music onto your Vivoactive 3 Music: To do that you’ll need is a Mac or PC computer, and the included charging/sync cable. At present, the music files have to be copied over from a computer, not a phone. Whereas the streaming music services have to be copied over via Wi-Fi (and not a computer). You will be using Garmin Express in order to facilitate this transfer of your music.
Syncing Music: is relatively quick since it’s via USB.
Syncing is easy using Garmin Express to transfer music from your computer to your watch. You can also add folders, that you have created to the watch, which will import the songs into the library that you can select to sync over. By default, that includes the music folders on your computer, but you can select any folders you’d like.
You can then select either entire albums, playlists, songs, etc… to sync over. So, you don’t have to just pick individual songs, rather, you can mix and match from different music categories to sync. Once you’re done, just click on the ‘Send to device’ button.
The Garmin 3 Music supports both iHeartRadio and soon to be, Deezer streaming services. But there are two catches. First is that with iHeartRadio it’s basically US-only. So, if you’re outside the US, you’re out of luck. Of course, that’s where Deezer comes in, a far better international option
You’ll activate the Vivoactive 3 Music to your iHeartRadio account much like you would Netflix to a new device, with an activation code that you enter in on the iHeartRadio site. The way iHeartRadio works is that you need to specify/favorite playlists using the iHeartRadio site, which the Vivoactive 3 Music then allows you to select to sync from your device.
Now that you have your playlists synched to your watch, you’d like to listen to them right, well duh… that’s why you got the watch in the first place. A good compatible set of ear devices, that are recommended by Garmin are the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Wireless Headphones. (https://www.heartratemonitorsusa.com/products/aftershokz-trekz-titanium-wireless-headphones-for-athletes?variant=12282062995554) It's "Bone" conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds.
So, there you have it. All the features and functionality of a great activity tracker/monitor that can go with you anywhere and track your motions and exertions in order to allow you to measure yourself against the goals you’ve set for yourself. While providing the capabilities to let you listen to the songs that will help keep you motivated as you crush your exercise regimen. Do your homework and check out the Vivoactive 3 Music watch and you may just find that this is the only fitness tracker you’re ever going to need.