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Noteworthy Wearable and Smartwatch Announcements from IFA Berlin 2017


Garmin showcased two highly unique smartwatches for two very different audiences. The first was Vívoactive 3—a direct competitor to the Apple Watch. It features Garmin Pay, Garmin’s own answer to Apple Pay and Fitbit Pay, allowing you to make purchases just like on the Apple Watch and the Ionic. It boasts the usual Garmin tech you know and love: continuous heart rate monitoring, GPS, and waterproofing. It’s also the first Garmin smartwatch that lets you respond to messages directly from your watch.  

For those who want the perfect blend of sport and style, there’s the Vivomove HR. It’s one of the first hybrid watches—there’s a traditional analog watch face with a digital touchscreen—to have heart rate monitoring. It can last up to five days, while receiving notifications, before needing juice. ($199.99—$299.99, garmin.com)



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