Compare The ZTE Quartz and Alcatel OneTouch Pop Mega

In today’s comparison, we have the battle of the “Heavy Weights” by way of the ZTE Quartz and Alcatel OneTouch Pop mega. Both of these phones are of the large form factor variety so if you like this type of form factor then this comparison may be of interest to you.

Note that the Pop Mega includes a Bluetooth “Buddy” device that allows you to make and receive phone calls and texts. (Device not pictured)

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ZTE Quartz

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Phone Dimensions 6.05″ x3.10″ x 0.37″ 6.39″ x 3.30″ x 0.35″
Included Bluetooth Device None Includes Bluetooth “Buddy” device
Screen Size Diagonal:5.5″ Diagonal: 6.00″
Processor Speed 1.2ghz Quadcore
1.2ghz Quadcore
Weight 7.00 oz 6.55 oz
Android Version 4.3 Kit Kat 4.3 Kit Kat
Technology & Calling Area CDMA 3g/WiFi (Verizon or Sprint) GSM LTE Activated via AT&T or TMobile (Check your local LTE Coverage)
Speaker Yes Yes (Excellent audio quality!)
Headphone Jack 3.5mm (iPod type) 3.5mm (iPod type)
SD card slot Not Included, supports up to 32gb Not Included, supports up to 32gb
Camera 8 mega pixel/LED flash/Front facing 1.3mp
8 mega pixel / LED Flash/front facing 2mp
Price $199.99 $249.99

Technology and Calling Area

This I would say is main difference between the two devices. On the one hand, we have the ZTE Quartz which is a CDMA device, as such it would be activated with Verizon. Additionally, the phone is standard 3g so you do not get the fast LTE data. The Alcatel Pop Mega on the other hand, is a GSM phone with fast 4g LTE data. This means it would be activated with AT&T. Be sure to have LTE coverage in your area before purchasing this phone.

Conclusion, the Pop Mega will facilitate much faster data downloads so it’s worth the extra 50 bucks.


Specs are pretty much a wash. Both phones have excellent 8mp cameras with LED flash. They both have 1.2ghz Quadcore processors so both phones will perform basically the same. Then there is the large screens, the Mega has the larger 6″ screen compared to the 5 1/2″ unit on the Quartz. Truth be told, both screens look pretty much the same and both phones have measure pretty much the same as well.

The one item I will mention is the fact that the Pop Mega has much better sound quality when on speaker as it has a much larger speaker opening. It’s probably 4 times larger than the Quartz. There is definitely a noticeable difference between the two.

Lastly is the so called “Buddy” device that comes with the Pop Mega. This little device looks like an old school feature phone device. It woks by connecting to the phone via Bluetooth thus allowing you to make phone calls and text without using the main phone. The buddy device is quite small so you may find it more convenient to use when making phone calls.  It’s not very text friendly though because it’s alpha numeric.

Design & Build Quality

Build quality is again a wash on both phones. they are both plastic construction and neither has Gorilla Glass screen. I do find the Quartz to be a better looking phone because it has an aluminum look trim between the battery cover and phone bezel. The Pop Mega is all black with no such trim.

Android buttons are basically the same on both of these. Both phones have back lit buttons. Lastly is the battery cover with both phones having a slight rubberized feel to them. While I am writing about batteries, I will mention that both phones have permanent batteries. That is to say, they cannot be replaced when they go bad. Keep that in mind if you are the type to use your phone for a long time. Both batteries will probably give you over 2 years of service before you have to worry about it.


My conclusion is that the Alcatel OneTouch Pop Mega is the superior device here mainly because you get the fast LTE data speeds, larger screen without it being much bigger. You also get the “buddy” device which you can use to make a quick phone call. Before you buy the Pop Mega be sure to check your coverage area for LTE coverage from AT&T.