On sale are the Zeblaze Crystal, Cosmo and even the company’s latest smartwatch, the Zeblaze Miniwear
Prices are decent, starting at $39.99 for the Zeblaze Crystal up to $54.99 for the Zeblaze Cosmo.
All the watches offer Android and iOS compatibility, and include various features including fitness tracking and heartrate monitors. Just note that both the Cosmo and Miniwear use higher resolution IPS displays resulting in a much more pleasant experience.
I’ve reviewed both the Zeblaze Crystal and Zeblaze Cosmo and found both to be excellent smartwatches. They have their quirks but they pack an impressive amount of functionality into their frames. I often wear my Cosmo as it’s such a nice watch.
There’s no charger inside the box but any USB port should work.
Zeblaze Cosmo Review: Design
The Zeblaze Cosmo’s design is far more traditional than its predecessor, losing its rounded edges for a thinner, more rectangular design that does a much better job at hiding that it’s a smartwatch at first glance.
Opting for a rectangular 1.61 inch screen sporting a 320×256 pixel resolution, it’s easy to mistake the Cosmo for a traditional watch at first glance. The bezel around the screen is around 1mm so it’s not too bad.
The only button, styled like a traditional watch’s crown , sits on the right side.
Flipping the unit over reveals the heart rate sensor and the new magnetic charging connector.
The microphone and speaker is incredibly well hidden, sitting where the band meets the top of the watch.
Speaking of the band, the Zeblaze Cosmo ships with a 22mm leather band that’s comfortable for all-day wear. Thankfully, it seems to be a standard 22mm band so swapping it out for something more to your tastes should be easy. I’ll be picking up an all-stainless steel band soon enough.
There’s two colors available, gold and silver. I’ve opted for the silver model due to my well documented dislike of gold.
Zeblaze Cosmo Review: Using It
Holding down the button will power on the Zeblaze Cosmo, taking a few seconds to load the UI. The Zeblaze Cosmo’s UI is largely the same as the one that shipped with the Crystal. It uses pages of colorful icons that can be swiped through vertically. There’s another color scheme available that swaps out the rounded icons for squares and a more subdued color scheme. I found both equally attractive so it’s up to you which you prefer.
There’s a few things that bother me about the software. They’re minor but they detract from the unit’s overall polish. Some of the app names are not capitalised correctly so they don’t match the other icons. Some labels also get cut off which is disappointing.
The screen itself is nice and sharp, definitely benefiting from the higher resolution compared to previous models. The new IPS display also offers far better viewing angles. This leads to a smartwatch that is far easier to read, even in bright sunlight.
In terms of functions, there’s a massive amount of variety here, including a calculator, Bluetooth camera shutter, music player, pedometer and even two separate heart rate monitors (one does continuous heart rate monitoring whilst the other only does it at a point in time).
They all work well, though I’d argue that the two heart rate apps should really be combined into one. It’s great to see that iOS users are well catered for, with a dedicated app for triggering Siri and a special iOS mode for the Bluetooth shutter to make sure the functionality gap between Android and iOS users is minimized.
The heart rate monitor’s as accurate as other optical heart rate monitors I’ve tested, regularly coming within a few BPM of my Xiaomi Band and other heart rate monitors I had on hand. I wouldn’t rely on it for any serious medical analysis (and you really shouldn’t rely on any wrist-based heart rate monitor due to inaccuracies inherent with the technology) but it’s accurate enough to tell how hard you’re pushing yourself.
The pedometer function is also works well. It’ll run in the background and reset automatically at midnight which is a nice touch. Accuracy was reasonably good too, counting 2807 steps on my morning walk vs 2998 on my iPhone 6’s motion processor.
There’s also some really handy motion controls that worked well during testing. After enabling them in settings, you can have the watch automatically turn the screen on when its raised, reject calls by flipping your wrist and. They’re welcome additions that worked well.
Zeblaze Cosmo Review: Connectivity and Notifications
Pairing the watch up is a simple case of navigating to the connection menu and selecting your phone from the menu. This will allow you to take calls and play music through the watch. In order to access notifications, you’ll need to make a secondary link to the Cosmo via the appropriate smartphone app.
The Zeblaze Cosmo supports both iOS and Android devices via either the Fundo Wear (iOS/Android) or Mediatek SmartDevice (iOS/Android) apps.
Fundo Wear features fitness and sleep tracking, in addition to sending notifications to your smartwatch. However, I don’t find the app intuitive, with much of the smartwatch and connectivity options hidden by obscure icons. I hate the fact it forces you to create an account in order to even access the notifications options and the sync function didn’t seem to work at all.
Those wanting a simpler option would be better suited to Mediatek’s app. It’s definitely my preferred option. To get a feel of how the app works, check out my Zeblaze Crystal review.
Notifications were able to work with both iOS and Android, though the Android experience was far better.
Android users are able to filter which apps can send notifications. You can also respond to messages using a set of preset responses which is a nice touch and a far better approach than the full keyboard provided in the No.1 S3 smartwatch. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a way of customising these which is a shame though they do cover off the most common situations.
iOS users get every single notification pushed to their wrist. Whilst it works well, there’s certain apps that you want notifications on your phone but don’t need them on your wrist. Of course, this isn’t Zeblaze’s fault – blame Apple’s locked down OS. I also had a frustrating issue where a single notification would sometimes cause my iPhone to push all the notifications again. I’m suspecting it’s an issue with the app though.
The Bluetooth connection was reasonably stable, with only the occasional drop out. Thankfully, the watch reconnected quickly when it did.
Zeblaze Cosmo Review: Watch Faces
The Zeblaze Cosmo has five completely new watch faces on offer (4 analog and 1 digital) but I found they weren’t as interesting as those on the Zeblaze Crystal.
The lone digital watch face uses an odd card motif that leaves much of the screen empty space. It looks too sparse given the fantastically
The analog designs vary in terms of their attractiveness. I really liked the blue face, with its multiple working dials for the day and battery remaining. It’s the only face that felt like it belongs on a smartwatch.
Zeblaze Cosmo Review: Audio Quality
The Zeblaze Cosmo has a built in speaker and microphone. Speaker quality is about what you’d expect for a tiny speaker mounted to your wrist. Audio lacks bass, but it’s fine for speech and is fairly loud, though it may be hard to hear people if there’s a lot of background noise.
Microphone quality was reasonable, with the other party reporting clear audio as long as you kept the smartwatch near your mouth.
Zeblaze Cosmo Review: Charging and Battery Life
The new magnetic charging connector is simultaneously a handy improvement and failure when compared to the charging cradle that came with the Crystal. It’s far easier to hover the new connector over the back of he Zeblaze Cosmo and have it automatically connect that the Crystal’s clip-on cradle. It’s also polarised so it can’t be connected backwards which is a nice touch.
That said, the magnets are fairly weak so I could only get it to stay attached when the watch was face down. The fact that a small knock could stop your watch from charging really is disappointing and there were a number of occasions where I woke up to a flat watch as I’d knocked the charger during the night. Stronger magnets would have been a good idea.
Battery life on the Zeblaze Cosmo was decent. With the motion sensors active, I was able to get 2 full days of usage before the unit shut down. Of course, lowering the brightness and turning off the motion controls will allow you to extend this further.
The Zeblaze Cosmo is a successful followup to the Crystal which simultaneously feels familiar and different.
Zeblaze haven’t expanded their smart-watches features, opting for what is ultimately a cosmetic upgrade. If you prefer the Cosmo’s traditional style or watch faces or are new to smart-watches,the Zeblaze Cosmo is a good buy. However, Zeblaze Crystal owners will be hard-pressed to fork out for such an incremental upgrade.
The Zeblaze Cosmo is available from GeekBuying for around $69.99. Use coupon “PDBGRRCO” to get $12 off!
Each day GearBest are also selling 50 units of the Zeblaze Rover and Crystal for $29.99 and $54.99 respectively.
The Zeblaze Rover is a smartwatch that mimics the Apple Watch in terms of style. At 8.8mm thick, Zeblaze claims it’s the slimmest smartwatch in the world.
Both smartwatches feature 240×240 pixel screens, leather wristbands, Bluetooth 4.0, iOS and Android compatibility, and a whole host of applications from a pedometer to calculators.
Those opting for the newer Zeblaze Crystal also get heart rate monitoring and a curved screen.
I recently reviewed the Zeblaze Crystal and found it to be an excellent smartwatch combining solid design and impressive functionality. For $55, it’s well worth it if you want to jump into the world of smartwatches.
You can check out the Zeblaze sale over out GearBest.
The Zeblaze Crystal is Zeblaze’s latest smartwatch. Following up on the Apple Watch “inspired” Zeblaze Rover, the Zeblaze Crystal comes in swinging with an impressive array of features and style in equal measure. Read our Zeblaze Crystal review to find out just how good it is.
I want to say thanks to GearBest for sending me a sample to review. They’re currently running a promo to get the Zeblaze Crystal for $64.99.
Screen: 1.54 inch TFT Screen(240×240 pixels), Sapphire Glass
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Battery: 280mAh Li-polymer battery
Other Features: Speaker, Microphone, IP65 Rated
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Band Material: Leather
Who’s it for?
The Zeblaze Crystal is perfect for those who want a stylish smartwatch that allows them to read notifications, snap photos and answer calls – particularly if your budget’s tight.
What’s in the box?
The Zeblaze Crystal comes with the basics:
1 x Zeblaze Crystal Smartwatch
1 x Micro USB charging cable
1 x Charging Cradle
1 x Instruction Manual
There isn’t a USB charger but it’ll charge from any standard USB port so this isn’t really an issue, particularly given the unit’s price.
Zeblaze Crystal Design
The Zeblaze Crystal is definitely a great looking smartwatch.
The Crystal’s body is two toned, featuring a stainless steel bezel and black underside. There’s also a white and rose gold variant available if that’s more to your taste.
The 1.54-inch screen is nice and big, although the bezels are on the large side. There’s a slight curve to it which allegedly helps improve the viewing angle of the screen. The edges are nicely rounded too, giving the whole device a very stylish look. I found the screen to be impressively bright, even at lower brightness settings and I didn’t have any issues seeing the watch in full sunlight.
The included leather band is nice and soft, with a subtle textured look and a metal clasp to hold it together. It’s pretty narrow though at 10.9mm so trying to find a replacement band might be a challenge. I wish there was a stainless steel band available but that’s just my personal preference.
In terms of ports and buttons, there’s a speaker and microphone on the left side and a button to wake the watch on the right.
The heartrate monitor and charging pins are located underneath the watch itself.
After charging the watch for 30 minutes, I was ready to roll. Holding down the watch’s sole button boots it up in a fraction of a second.
The UI looks great, with brightly colored icons on a dark background. Those wanting something a bit darker can swap it out for a minimalist orange and black color scheme that I love.
Navigating through the UI is a matter of swiping up or down through pages of apps. A quick right swipe will take you back through the menus. It’s intuitive once you get the hang of it.
Speaking of swiping, the touchscreen is pretty responsive with missed swipes being relatively rare.
So how good are the watch faces? Well, they’re generally pretty good, covering the gamut from classic to modern. There’s at least 6 included, including both analog and digital variants, so there’s bound to be something you’ll like. One of the watchfaces allows you to customise the wallpaper from 3 different options which is nice, but the inability to set your own image feels like a missed opportunity. Viewing them is also a piece of cake, with the watch automatically turning on when raising it up to view it.
The Smartphone Connection
Using the Zeblaze Crystal with your smartphone is just a matter of pairing the smartwatch up with your phone and selecting the right smartphone app.
For Android users, you can scan the QR code on the smartwatch itself and select one of several compatible apps such as FunDo Smartwatch. iOS users can install the MediaTek Smartwatch app from the App Store.
As a user of both iOS and Android, I was pleasantly surprised that the Zeblaze Crystal actually paired to my iPhone 6 via the MediaTek smartwatch app. This refused to work when I reviewed the No.1 Sun S2, which severely limited its use for iOS users.
When paired, I was able to receive notifications, sync steps to Apple HealthKit, and even take photos by using the watch as a remote shutter button.
Unfortunately, iOS notifications are an all or nothing affair. As with the Pebble Smartwatch, iOS doesn’t offer a way to filter notifications apart from turning them off altogether, so prepared to get alerts for everything on both your phone and your wrist. It’s frustrating but it’s Apple’s fault, not Zeblaze’s.
Android users get far more power. Thanks to Google’s open OS, Android users can choose which apps can push notifications, read and respond to messages, and automatically launch the camera from the watch. It’s a much more impressive package.
Both Android and iOS users can place and receive calls, view missed call lists and browse your contacts.
The sheer amount of apps included is impressive, fluctuating from the genuinely useful to borderline novelty. Apps such as the stopwatch, alarms, and remote shutter are really useful. I found myself using them all the time.Others like the sleep monitor weren’t so handy. I tried sleeping with the Zeblaze anchored to my wrist but ended up taking it off after 5 minutes. It was just too uncomfortable to sleep with.
The Zeblaze Crystal’s heartrate monitor was actually reasonably accurate, as long as you remain still. Comparing it to a few heartrate monitors, the results were always almost identical which is excellent.
The pedometer was also surprisingly accurate, with it being within a 100 steps of my FitBit Zip. It’ll even run in the background and automatically reset at midnight so it’s a set and forget affair.
Zeblaze Crystal Sound Quality
I’m loving the novelty of taking a call on my wrist and thankfully, the Zeblaze Crystal’s speaker and microphone are up to the task. Audio was nice and clear for both parties, although I wish the speaker was louder as I had a few situations where background noise drowned out the caller.
Zeblaze Crystal Battery Life
I was pretty impressed with the battery life of the Zeblaze Crystal. With motion activation switched on, I still managed to get around 2 days of battery life which is pretty respectable, outperforming the Apple Watch. Tweaking some of the settings may even allow you to eek out a bit more time.
Should You Get One?
The Zeblaze Crystal is an impressive package. There’s plenty of great features, a stylish design and compatability with both iOS and Android is a massive plus.
I would have liked to see a stainless steel band and the ability to add more watchfaces or even your own wallpaper. However, these issues are minor when the rest of the unit works so well. I can definitely recommend the Zeblaze Crystal for those looking for a new smartwatch.
The Zeblaze Crystal is available from GearBest for $64.99 for a limited time, which is amazing value.