April 30, 2020

Moto G7 Optimo MAXX (XT1955DL) Tracfone Review

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Tracfone Moto G7 Optimo MAXX

Tracfone just released another great smartphone option in the form of the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX in late April 2020 and this phone brings a large screen, and long battery life.

Featuring a 6.2" touchscreen, the G7 Optimo MAXX also comes with an Octa-core processor, 32 GB internal storage, 12 MP camera and Android 9 Pie.

The G7 Optimo MAXX is more commonly known as the Moto G7 Power, due to the huge, 5,000 mAh battery that gives all day, and even multi-day capability on a single charge.

Tracfone also recently released the Moto G7 Optimo, known more commonly as the G7 Play, which has a smaller screen and smaller battery, but other wise many of the same features. For all the new devices from Tracfone, see our Latest List of Tracfone Smartphones.

The G7 Optimo MAXX (or Power, as the unlocked version is called) was actually released by Motorola back in March 2019, along with the Moto G7 and Moto G7 Play. We have already shared a full review of the Unlocked Moto G7 for use with Tracfone BYOP for those interested.

Let's Start getting into the details of the G7 Optimo MAXX with our top Pro's and Con's list.

Moto G7 Optimo MAXX Quick Facts

What we Like
-32 GB internal storage
-3 GB RAM
-Large screen
-Great battery life
-Reasonable price
-Octa-core processor

What we Don't Like
-Somewhat low-res display and pixel density

As you can see, there is a lot to like about the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX. It comes with a number of features many users like, including the large screen and long battery life.

It does trade off some sharpness on the display, due mostly the the size, that might be noticeable for some.

Not many of Tracfone's smartphone options come with 32 GB storage and 3 GB RAM which are both critical for most avid smartphone users but the MAXX delivers. Let's see what else this phone has with the full list of features and specs.

Tracfone Moto G7 Optimo MAXX (XT1955DL) Features and Specs

Below are the features followed by the technical specs
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 4G LTE with CDMA (Verizon)
  • Access to over 1 million apps on Google Play
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Alarm Clock
  • FM Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • Standard 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting
  • SMS/MMS
  • USB Type-C connection
  • USB Charger
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Splash Resistant
  • Hearing Aid Compatible
Moto G7 Optimo MAXX (XT1955DL) Specs
Size: 6.33" x 2.99" x 0.37" in (6.98 oz)
Camera: 12 MP Rear Camera, 8 MP Front Camera
Screen: 6.2" HD+ touchscreen with 720x1570 resolution (279 ppi)
Processor: 1.8 Ghz Octa-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 632)
Memory: 3 GB
Storage: 32 GB and supports up to 512 GB via MicroSD card
Battery: 5,000 mAh with 45 hrs usage time (non-removable)

Motorola was first founded as an American telecommunications company back in 1928. But in 2011, after several years of significant losses and challenges, the company was split and the mobile phone segment of the company was sold to Google. Two years later, the Motorola mobile phone segment was sold again, this time to Lenovo.

It was during their ownership by Google that the popular Moto G line was first released, as an unlocked, budget smartphone that still packed features to keep up with all the daily needs of users. Since transitioning to Lenovo, that has continued with now the latest version, the Moto G8, just released.

Many Tracfone BYOP users are very familiar with the Motorola brand as it has released a number of low cost unlocked phones capable of being used with Tracfone going back to the original Moto G.

Based on the specs sheet, the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX will continue this trend but let's take a closer look in our full review.

Tracfone Moto G7 Optimo Review

Touchscreen
One of the two big selling points on the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX is the 6.2" HD+ IPS LCD touchscreen that has a resolution of 720x1570 and a pixel density of about 279ppi. The screen ratio is stretched up to 19.5:9, meaning it packs in the large screen by making the phone taller, rather than wider which is good for ergonomics.

With such a large screen we would have hoped it would have a little higher resolution to help with the sharpness. The Moto G7, for example, has the same size screen but a full HD resolution of 1080 x 2270 pixels which leads to a pixel density of over 400. This simply means the screen on the G7 is a little sharper and clearer.

That being said, the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX does have a nice bright screen that looks good and it features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for extra protection. We also suggest a case or cover for extra precautions.

Shop Moto G7 Optimo MAXX (Power) covers and cases on Amazon

Internal Specs - Storage, Processor and RAM
Performance on the G7 Optimo MAXX is actually very good thanks mostly to the powerful 1.8 Ghz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632. The Optimo MAXX actually has the same processor as the Moto G7 Optimo (Play), but the Optimo MAXX (power) has more RAM at 3 GB which will help with multitasking ability (keeping lots of apps open at once). It is nice to see another smartphone option from Tracfone with adequate specs to keep up with most user's needs.

For storage the MAXX has 32 GB with about 21 GB available out of the box. This is the same as the newly released Samsung Galaxy A10e and the Moto G6. There is an external MicroSD card slot for up to 512 GB extra storage.
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Tracfone Moto G7 Optimo MAXX Review

Camera

We don't see anything too fancy or surprising when it comes to the camera on the Optimo MAXX. It has a single 12 MP shooter with f2.0 aperture and PDAF (Phase-Detect Auto-Focus). Panorama, LED flash and HDR all come with the phone and the front camera is a 8 MP selfie lens also with LED flash.

There is full HD video recording capabilities from both the front and rear cameras.

The cameras are more than capable for capturing moments to share with friends and family but you don't get portrait mode and the quality in poor lighting conditions won't be as good as more expensive devices.

Want to take better photos? We created a guide with 8 tips for better cell phone pictures to help.

Battery
The battery is another big selling point for the MAXX as it comes with a 5,000 mAh Li-Po battery that is non-removable. That's a lot larger than most batteries, even double the size of some, which means this phone will easily last all day, and for many, it will last two days.

Official specs indicate standby time of 28 days, with talk time of 45 hrs. And if the long battery life wasn't enough, the phone also has Motorola's TurboCharging technology via the USB Type-C charger which can add several hours of battery life with just a 15 minute charge.

Android OS
Motorola typically leaves the Operating System (OS) on their phones mostly stock, which means you get less bloatware and more storage space.

The phone features Android 9 Pie, which comes with a number of new features and improvements over previous versions including gesture navigation, app usage statistics and time limits, and adaptive battery for improved performance.

Tracfone has occasionally updated the software version on their smartphones, but in many cases their phones are stuck with what they come with, so it is best to get a phone with the latest OS, which at this time is Android 9.

Design
On the front of the phone we see a smaller bezel compared to the last version, the G6, but we do have a large notch where the front facing camera is located. On the back is where the fingerprint reader sits below the rear camera, and the headphone jack is at the top while the charging connection is at the bottom of the phone.

The G7 Optimo MAXX has a polycarbonate back which should be pretty durable and scratch resistant. Overall the phone looks sleek and updated but is noticeably thicker than many phones due to the larger battery. For most, it still fits comfortably in the hand. Just be aware that fitting this device in a small pocket might not work as well.

Conclusion
The Moto G7 Optimo MAXX from Tracfone, or more commonly known as the G7 Power, is a great option because of the solid performance specs, incredible batter life, and large screen. It is also very reasonably priced for the features and performance it comes with. Anyone who spends more than a few hours a day on their device or is constantly running low on battery, will appreciate the extremely long life of this phone.

Users who don't want or need such a large phone or the performance features, could consider the smaller Moto G7 Optimo or other such devices.

Another great option from Tracfone is the Samsung Galaxy A20. It has a larger, 6.4" screen, Octa-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage and runs Android 9 (some users also getting an update to Android 10). It is a great option for those who prefer Samsung phones, but it is a little more expensive than the G7 Optimo MAXX. Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy A20 to learn more.

Moto G7 Optimo (Play) VS Moto G7 Optimo MAXX (Power)

Tracfone released both these phones for use on their network and they share some of the same features while also having a few key differences. Let's quickly break that down for you.

The G7 Optimo MAXX has a larger screen (6.2" vs 5.7"), 1 GB more RAM, larger battery (5,000 mAh vs 3,000) and slightly better camera. The Optimo and Optimo MAXX have the same processor, storage and Android OS. They are also both available for about the same price from Tracfone.

For users who don't mind the larger form factor and screen, the Optimo MAXX is the clear choice. But some users may prefer the smaller G7 Optimo, and it still makes for a great option.

Where to Buy the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX

The G7 Optimo MAXX is currently available from some online retailers, and will we update as we find more availability.

View the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX with airtime bundle on HSN for $119 $89 (limited time deal)
Get the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX with airtime bundle on QVC for $104
Get the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX from Amazon for $106
View the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX from Tracfone for $119

We will continue to update as more options are available.

Moto G7 Optimo MAXX User Manual and Tutorials

Learn more with the User Manual or view the device tutorial to learn more about specific technical questions or leave a comment below!

This concludes our review of the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX, we hope you found it useful!

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6 comments :

Harry said...

First, when I get ready to buy a new Tracfone (like now), I always read your reviews. They are very objective, and demonstrate that you actually tested the phones. Great work!

On many of your reviews, you mention HSN as a source. HSN's price is almost always lower than Tracfone, plus they usually include Tracfone minutes with the deal.

How can they always be lower cost than Tracfone? What am I missing? Are they selling reconditioned phones, or ???

Harry

Anonymous said...

I just bought one from HSN and it was $99 with free shipping. It just made sense as I needed to renew my year service. So, I upgraded my phone and service for less than Tracfone's yearly plan of $125..

Anonymous said...

Like many others, I purchased an Optimo Maxx G7 from HSN for $79.99 (used a $20.00 off coupon), free shipping, used my HSN credit card to spread the payments over 3 months - no interest!

The phone is brand new and not used or re-furbished. I find these deals from HSN to be less expensive than buying direct from TracFone.

For a budget phone and for someone who is on a budget and older - this is a great deal! Plus, I like that it works on Verizon and without Verizon's high prices.

Compared to my friend's "real" Verizon phone, my data speeds are a little slower but not by much according to fast.com.

The one thing I wish this had is Wi-Fi calling to save my minutes.

Unknown said...

I'm new to cell phones so there was a lot I didn't know. This g7 optimo max I have now will be my first and last Lenovo product after the Android 10 non update and always behind on security updates. Oh and I will never buy a carrier locked phone again. It's a cheap phone that works that about it

Anonymous said...

Great speaker and an upgrade to the Stylo 4 which I purchased and left after it dropped calls. I bought two for the 89 buck price. So nice to get a quality phone for less than the price of time. only negative is low pixels do not run well in heavy sunlight.

Robb said...

If anybody ends up here because their LTE stopped working after the G7 received the Android 10 update, this is what I did and it's been working.

Hit and hold the power button. When the options pop up "Power Off", "Restart", "Screenshot" and "Emergency", long press the "Power Off" until you get an option to "Reboot to safe mode". Hit OK and let the phone reboot. At start of safe mode, my LTE was back. I rebooted again, this time normally, and LTE has been working for almost an hour now.

I tried registering on the Lenovo/Motorola site, but it wouldn't let me put my email address in, so I couldn't do any thing.

I hope this helps somebody!