The ZTE Quartz is an affordable intro to Android Wear 2.0
ZTE’s strategy to entice smartwatch buyers is obvious: make a decent wearable that’s cheaper than anything else on the market. That’s what you’ll get with the Quartz -- a basic Android Wear 2.0 device with cellular support and a better-than-average battery. It is slightly slower than competing watches, but the money you’ll save may make you feel better while waiting for apps to load.
- Long-lasting battery
- Cellular support for phone-free calls and texts
- Water resistant build
- Occassionally sluggish performance
- Bland aesthetic
- No NFC
- No heart rate sensor
ZTE has made a name for itself by selling affordable smartphones that are best described as "not bad." Now, the company is extending its "affordable premium" philosophy to Android Wear watches with the Quartz -- a sub-$200 wearable running Google's newest OS. For $192, the Quartz delivers an onboard radio for phone-free calls and texts, as well as a surprisingly big battery. But despite these features, ZTE isn't going after early adopters. Instead, the Quartz is designed for first-time smartwatch buyers, and, for them, it gets the job done.
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The Quartz supports cellular connectivity, and will cost just $200.
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