Moto G7 Optimo Maxx Review – ‘Maxx’ Features, Minimum Price-tag [2020 Update]

The G7 is Motorola’s perfect line of budget handsets, and the Optimo Maxx is probably their best. In our Moto G7 Optimo Maxx review, we took a good look at the device and compared it to alternatives. Doesn’t that sound good?

Moto G7 Optimo Maxx Specs

Device Specifications:


 Launch Date

 2019

 Weight

 6.98 ounces (198 grams)

 Measurements

 6.331 in x 2.99 in x 0.37 in (160.83 mm x 76 mm x 9.4 mm)

 Graphics Card

 Adreno 506

 Display Screen

 6.2-inch (157.48 mm) IPS LCD 720 x 1520 pixels

 Operating System

 Android 9

 Chipset

 Snapdragon 632

 CPU

 1.8GHz Octa-core

 RAM

 3 GB

 Internal Space

 32 GB

 Front Camera

 8 MP

 Rear Camera

 12 MP

 Supported SIM types

 -

 Network Coverage

 2G , 3G , 4G

 Battery Coverage

 5000 mAh

Features

Design

The handset is made from plastic. This isn’t a surprise considering its price - it’s not the most luxurious option around. The plastic on it feels good, though. It especially feels good as the Maxx is ergonomic. Its sides are curved well.

If you’re looking for a small phone, it isn’t for you. Its screen stretches 6.2 inches (157.48 mm) across.

Not only is it big, but it’s eye-catching too. Its rear comes in a metallic blue shade. In the right setting, it catches some nice light.

Unfortunately, blue is the only hue you can get it in. Motorola’s not known to offer handsets in many colour choices.

The following are its dimensions, 6.331 in x 2.99 in x 0.37 in (160.83 mm x 76 mm x 9.4 mm). As you can see, it’s thick.

It’s got some good weight to it. We love handsets with a bit of weight, they feel more premium. It comes in at 6.98 ounces (198 grams) without feeling like a brick.

When looking across its sides, you’ll find a 3.5 mm headphone jack. There’d also be a MicroSD slot. This is great as more expensive devices have started to remove the two lately.

Is there a fingerprint sensor? Yes, you can’t miss it. It’s underneath its camera. Its position makes it easy to use.

We also think its buttons are in easy-to-reach positions.

Display

Don’t forget that it comes with a large display. This helps its viewing experience be immersive.

Is size the only thing it has going for it? Kind of. Its screen resolution is 1570 x 720-p. It’s not bad, but if you look closely, you’ll notice pixelation.

The panel on it is an IPS LCD. It’s not the most vibrant, however, they are known for their sharpness.

We aren’t told what the glass on its front is. You should probably be careful with it. We don’t think it’s anything super tough.

We aren’t told what its screen-to-body ratio is either. It probably isn’t anything good, though. The budget device has some notable bezel action going on. It especially has large bezels on the top and bottom of its face.

If it’s any consolation, you’re getting good temperature and colour settings. You’ll be able to make it more vibrant by a bit.

G7 Optimo Maxx

Battery

Who doesn’t love a phone with a large battery? The Optimo Maxx comes with a 5000 mAh one. If you guessed it, its large battery is responsible for its heft. It doesn’t have the most taxing screen, so its battery lets it last around 2 days.

You can get it to last around 3 if you don’t use it much. There are expert power-saving modes as well.

It makes use of a micro USB port. It’s considered dated these days. To it, you’ll be plugging a 15 W charger. Its battery would fully charge in around 2 hours.

If you’re wondering whether it supports wireless charging or not, the answer is no. It’s pretty affordable, so this shouldn’t be a surprise.

Can you remove its battery? Unfortunately not. This is a shame as if its systems were to ever get stuck, you could just pop its battery out and force-shut it.

Processor

You can pick the Maxx up with 32 GB of space. This isn’t the best, but you’d normally be able to manage. However, you’re looking at a carrier device. There’d be bloatware. If you don’t know what that is, it is apps that are alternatives to Google’s. You’re not able to uninstall them. As a result, there’d be much less than 32 gigs of space available.

Thankfully, it comes with a MicroSD slot. Motorola says that you’ll be able to expand its storage up to 512 GB.

3 GB of RAM is by your side. It makes sure that apps force-closing is not an issue. Considering how affordable the handset is, the 3 GB RAM is pretty good.

Onto what you’re wondering, the chipset present:

The Snapdragon 632 is in it. It lets you handle everyday tasks with ease. You can get extensive with it as well.

What’s its OS? Android 9 is available out of the box. You’ll be able to upgrade it to Android 10. This is a relief as it’s the most customizable the operating system has ever been.

Camera

We haven’t ever met a budget option that comes with a good camera. The Optimo Max doesn’t do anything to change that. There is a single shooter on its rear. It is a 12 MP lens. It doesn’t capture colour accurate or vibrant shots.

On its front, a single shooter is also present. It is an 8 MP lens. No, it won’t let you take Instagram worthy shots.

Connectivity

It can handle 2G, 3G and 4G networks. You’ll be able to connect to other devices through Bluetooth v4.2.

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Alternatives

Now that you know everything about it, read the below section. We discussed similarly priced units from the carrier.

The handset is more expensive than its counterpart. However, it’s still in the same price range.

It is large. Its screen stretches 6.4 inches (162.56 mm) across. The panel on its display is really good. You’re met with Super AMOLED. Samsung places it even in their more affordable phones – it’s super vibrant.

Compared to the Optimo Maxx, it has less bezel action going on. What’s concerning is that its display is 720 x 1560-pixels. The A20 is larger than the Motorola phone, yet it comes with a screen resolution that’s not as good. That’s not what you want.

You’re not getting a 5000 mAh battery. The one inside the Galaxy handset is 4000 mAh. It lets it last well over a day. To charge it, you’ll be making use of a 15 W fast charger. It’ll take around 2 hours to go from 0-100%.

No, you won’t be able to remove its battery. And no, the A20 doesn’t support wireless charging either.

The chipset inside of it is the Exynos 7884. When up against the Snapdragon 632, the Snapdragon processor beats it. That being said, only by a small margin.

The two phones come with the same storage. You can pick it up with 32 GB of space and 3 GB RAM. Can you expand it ROM? The answer is yes.

Out of the box, it runs Android 9. You can upgrade its systems to Android 10.

Its camera is better than its counterpart’s. To begin with, you’re met with a dual set-up. Its primary sensor is a 13 MP wide lens, and its secondary sensor is a 5 MP ultrawide one.

There isn’t a dual set-up on its front. There’s an 8 MP sensor.


How could we review the Optimo Maxx without talking about its brother? The regular Optimo is much smaller than it. You’re looking at a 5.7-inch (144.78 mm) device.

The panel on it is the same as its siblings’; an IPS LCD front is by your side. As you’re aware, it’s not the most vibrant.

The phone has some bezel action going on. But the amount of bezel it has is identical to its brother.

The same screen resolution is not present. Its screen is 720 x 1512 pixels. Considering its display is smaller than the Maxx’s, its resolution is equally as good.

Although their displays are similar, their batteries are not. The handset comes with a 3000 mAh unit. You’ll last around a day with it. Thankfully, there are expert power-saving modes to use. Speaking of its battery, it along with its size reminded us of the G6. We’ve also done a Moto G6 (xt1925dl) review if you’re interested.

To charge it, you’ll be making use of 10 W charging. It takes a little over 2 hours to go from 0-100%.

What’s the chipset inside of it? It’s a name you’re familiar with, the Snapdragon 632. It comes with familiar storage as well. There is 32 GB of space. However, there are only 2 GB of RAM. Yes, you’ll be able to expand its storage. Its microSD slot can handle cards up to 512 GB.

Out of the box, it runs Android 9. You’ll be able to upgrade it to Android 10.

In the camera department:

There are single shooters on its front and back. In terms of its primary camera, an 8 MP lens is present. For its selfie camera, you’re met with an 8 MP lens.

Final Thoughts

What did you think about our Moto G7 Optimo Maxx (xt1955dl) review? It comes jam-packed with features. A testament to this was our comparison of it to the Galaxy A20. The Galaxy option is more expensive. The Optimo Maxx comes with specs much better than it.

What’s our favourite thing about it? Its processor and battery. From the two, we’re the fondest of its battery. You can easily last 2 days with it. Since there are expert power-saving modes too, you can prolong its life up to 3 days. This is not something you can easily do with other phones.

If you’d like a look at more handsets from the brand, you can check our Pinterest out. We’ve compared their devices to others in the same range.


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