If you’re looking for a smartwatch that can still function away from your smartphone, one of the newest devices that you can consider is the new vivoactive 3 Music from Garmin. It is actually their first LTE-connected smartwatch and it will work on the Verizon network. This means you’ll be able to do things like send messages, listen to music, share your location, and even make payments, all without having to be tethered to your phone or your tablet.
One of the main uses of the vivoactive 3 Music’s LTE connection is that you can share your location to whomever you want in real time through the LiveTrack feature. It even has an emergency mode where you just hold down the button and it will send an alert to your pre-selected contacts. It can also detect an incident that you get into when you’re walking or biking and sent an alert as well.
You can also send and receive messages on your smartwatch but unfortunately, you can’t make or take calls. No news yet if this feature will arrive soon or at all. And since this is a “music” smartwatch, you can store up to 500 songs offline. Since it has LTE though, it means you can also download songs even when you’re on the go. That all-important Spotify support will also be arriving soon in a future software update.
The vivoactive 3 Music also has Garmin Pay so if you’re using the mobile payment platform, you can just leave your wallet at home. You’ll also be able to get an Uber ride, show you the weather forecast, and also track your health with a built in heart rate monitor and a sleep tracker. It is swim proof rated at 5ATM.
The watch comes in a 43.1mm polymer case and has a silicone strap but can be replaced with any standard 20mm strap. It has a 1.2” screen with 240 x 240 pixels and Gorilla Glass 3. It runs on custom vivoactive software. It will be available in a couple of months but they haven’t released a price point rate. For comparison, the regular vivoactive Music smartwatch is $300.