Our ZTE Quartz review have uncovered some surprising findings! ZTE is popularly known for producing very good smartphones, designed around affordability and functionality. The Company is now looking to enter the market and extend its services to Andriod wear watches production that come for very affordable prices while offering most of the key functionality with the ZTE Quartz. The Quartz is a decent android watch costing around $192 – that’s probably the cheapest price for smartwatches on the market. It runs Google’s latest OS, delivering power, efficiency and design targeted mainly at the first-time smartwatch buyers. Although the Quartz is not the first thing that comes to mind in the Smartwatch market, ZTE has created a product that has some cool features, having just about everything you should want in a basic smartwatch.
- Battery performance
- Independent Cellular support
- No Near field communication (NFC)
- No heart rate monitor
- Design is too basic and could be better
- CPU lag and Sluggish performance at times
The ZTE Quartz has a nice design that comes off as very fine but not wow. In my own opinion, it strikes the perfect balance as more middle-classed than lavishly expensive. There is a good aesthetic appearance and it offers change with the extra straps included, allowing you to switch the default blue-black colour for something else when you want. The Quartz’s engine itself is a 1.4-inch round face, adorned with a silver case and blue design pattern on its bezels. I liked the sense of class this gave the Quartz, making it look more polished. The display of the Quartz is AMOLED; this ensures that the words in their small font and images come off very clearly. The Screen is a 400 by 400 bright and colourful looking display, bordered by a ring of black lines that didn’t particularly add much to the design.
The case is slightly heavy, most likely due to the cellular radio and censors being packed. By the edge, you will find the home button surprisingly placed at 2 o’clock; a big contrast to most smartwatches’ design that usually have it at 3 o’clock. Long-pressing the home button, however, like most android watches, summons the Google assistant. The watch’s knob is fixed, no big deal there, but I was actually expecting it to be rotational, having a sort of menu scroll functionality.
The Watch fits well on the wrist and you are unlikely to be disturbed by bulkiness or discomfort of any sort.
ZTE’s Quartz is an entry product into the smartwatch market. ZTE chose to stick with their standard of efficiency and affordability, as the Quartz is the cheapest smartwatch you will find out there. It is currently priced at $192. It will be good to reiterate the fact that this product is obviously targets first time smartwatch users who will like to experiment and hope to find things they like. There is still also considerable room for improvement especially on the design and speeding up its performance. The battery capacity is something of envy, as well as its non-smartphone dependent cellular connectivity, something lacking to most smartwatches out there.
Here are some of the Quartz features at a glance
The ZTE Quartz features a 1.1 Gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon wear 2100 processor. It comes with the latest Android wear 2.0 software version, 4 GB internal storage capacity and 512 Mb of RAM. As earlier discussed the Screen is a 1.4 inch AMOLED 400 by 400 pixels’ resolution. The Quartz has an above-average battery life with up to 2 days on standby. The battery is a non-removable 500 mAh capacity cell. There are Accelerometer, gyroscopes and barometer sensors. The cellular connectivity is independent of the user smartphone and has GSM, Edge 850 and 1900, HSDPA 850 and 1900 and AWS bands. There are also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities allowing seamless connections.
The software features the Google Artificial Intelligence Assistant, an app store, call and message notifications, Android pay service, music player, voice assistant and basic phone operations such as SMS, receiving and making calls on the wrist watch.
Surprisingly, the Quartz seems to justify its price tag. I had concerns that it might turn out to be a sub-standard device considering its market value, but it has proved quite contrary. Yes, there were a few hiccups; the Quartz seems a tad-bit slower than its counterparts. Some issues arose when installing apps and it had a slow response to voice commands, but all these issues are synonymous to some more expensive smartwatches I’ve reviewed. Overall, the Quartz copes quite well with its responsibilities, performing all functions that it was designed for. It has a very good output for the cash invested in it.
I found out that the in-built Quartz speakers performed very well, even though it is not something most smartwatch users will expect, music from its speakers are audible enough to someone across the room. The voice output for the sound is impressive, the speaker however, does get a little bit distorted and noisy at higher volumes and top-quality treble or bass will definitely not come out of them. To enjoy the music functionality, a Bluetooth audio device can be paired to the wristwatch.
The battery is one feature that the Quartz has that leaves its competitions flat-faced. The 48 hours’ standby time means that it does significantly better than more expensive smartwatches in the market. Battery consumption however depends on a number of factors including the network modes (HSDPA consumes more power than EDGE), the intensity of use, the duration spent on apps and the music output; whether being played via headphones or through the in-built speakers.
Overall, the Quartz leaves a good impression, but it does lack some other features some of the bigger boys have such as Near field communication (NFC) and Heart rate monitoring. In spite of this, the Quartz is still a pretty good deal at $192.