Garmin may not be the first brand to come to mind when thinking about Apple Watch alternatives at reasonable price points, but according to a recent market report, the US-based company is ranked pretty high among the world’s top smartwatch vendors.
Of course, wearable devices like the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music can’t really hope to compete with the mainstream popularity of the Apple Watch lineup anytime soon, instead taking on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active or Fitbit Versa. And since the two mid-range rivals are currently available for $180 and $210 respectively from their manufacturers’ official US e-stores, we probably shouldn’t act too shocked to see the Vivoactive 3 Music marked down to $199.99. This is a huge discount specially keeping in view the previous priceson Amazon US for around $250 and Amazon UK for around $280 approximately.
Regardless of exactly how much money you stand to save here, this bad boy definitely offers plenty of bang for your 200 bucks. We’re talking everything from a built-in heart rate monitor to standalone GPS functionality, wrist payment support, and in case the name didn’t make it abundantly clear, on-device music storage. In short, this watch is packed with performance and with that, it comes with gimmicks as well.
Unfortunately, you can’t technically stream your tunes using the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music, instead having to rely on downloads from a few popular compatible services, including Spotify and Deezer. That’s still pretty sweet considering the marked-down price tag, not to mention other cool stuff you’re getting here, from a bunch of state-of-the-art fitness tracking features to a stellar battery life of up to 7 days between charges, full-on swim protection, and a reasonably sharp 1.2-inch display with 240 x 240 pixel resolution. But still, this watch is full of performance and almost everything a watch user requires. It will serve as a daily driver as a watch and obviously you can reap benefits from this watch as notifications updates etc without the need of taking out the phone from the pocket.
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