The ZTE Quartz is a smartwatch that cost $192 from T-Mobile, and it’s made by ZTE.  There is no option to use this on other carriers, but you can use it with bluetooth for any phone.  There is no heart rate monitor, and the battery life is not the best for me.  No android pay option either, but oh well.  The band that comes with the watch is not the greatest, but will work for you.

Now that I’ve told you some things I think are not the best about the watch, let’s move on.

This watch is a MUST buy for those on the fence about getting a smartwatch.  It has amazing hardware, and runs so smooth you would not believe it.  I’ve upgraded my band, and this feels like the best companion to ANY of my smartphones that I have to date.  I can wear this watch anywhere, and with anything.   It looks great, and performs very well compared to some other watches I’ve used in the past.

The bands can be changed, as I have two different ones I use.  A real leather one, and a metal one.  They both feel better than the OEM band, and give the watch a really premium look and feel on your wrist.

As you might know, I wasn’t a fan of smartwatches when they first came to us.  I felt they were too expensive, and not even useful.  After owning several other watches, I can tell you this one is in the top 5 for sure.  Here is a quick spec run down.

LAUNCH Announced 2017, April
Status Available. Released 2017, April
BODY Dimensions 45.7 x 45.7 x 14.5 mm (1.80 x 1.80 x 0.57 in)
Weight 89 g (3.14 oz)
Build Stainless Steel
– IP67 certified – dust and water resistant
– Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1.4 inches (~30.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 400 x 400 pixels (~404 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
PLATFORM OS Android Wear 2.0
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8909W Snapdragon Wear 2100
CPU Quad-core 1.1 GHz
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 4 GB, 768 MB RAM
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack No
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio No
FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, barometer
Messaging SMS, Email, IM
Browser No
Java No
– MP3 player
– Photo viewer
– Voice dial/commands
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 500 mAh battery
Talk time Up to 24 h (mixed usage)

You can make and receive phone calls, sms, and do most things you would need to do from your phone.  But with this device, like other smartwatches…you don’t need to pull out your phone.  Which makes this a good thing.  The Quartz runs Android Wear 2.0, and I tell you it is fast.  Very fast.  No other watch that I own has a better feeling, or smooth UI like this one.  Android Wear is just great, and does all that I need it to do.  ZTE built a fantastic smartwatch, and I wish it were on all carriers.  There are lots of people that ask for it on AT&T or Verizon, so maybe in the future it will be there.