Motorola Moto G7 Optimo Review – Great Price, Even Better Specs [2020 Update]

The G7 Optimo is a very optimized budget device. It comes with specs that would make the cash spent more than worth it. In our Moto G7 Optimo review, we’ve talked all about it and more. Read ahead.

Motorola G7 Optimo Specs

Device Specifications:


 Launch Date

 2019

 Weight

 5.32 ounces (151 grams)

 Measurements

 5.80 in x 2.81 in x 0.31 in (147.32 mm x 71.37 mm x 7.87 mm)

 Graphics Card

 Qualcomm Adreno 506

 Display Screen

 5.7 in (144.78 mm) IPS LCD 720 x 1512 pixels

 Operating System

 Android 9

 Chipset

 Snapdragon 632

 CPU

 Octa-core

 RAM

 2 GB

 Internal Space

 32 GB

 Front Camera

 8 MP

 Rear Camera

13 MP 

 Supported SIM types

 Nano (single)

 Network Coverage

 2G, 3G, 4G

 Battery Coverage

 3000 mAh

Features

Below, we thoroughly talked about the handset’s key specs.

Design

It is made from plastic. Manufacturers place the material in more affordable units, so its presence is not a surprise.

Its sides were curved well. You don’t have to look hard to notice this. Motorola did a good job making it ergonomic.

Hopefully, you’re not looking for a big phone. The G7 Optimo stretches 5.7 inches (144.78 mm) across. By no means is it small, though. It’s just that most phones these days are 6 inches or more.

Its exterior looks good. There’s a metallic effect on its back. It’s super glossy.

You’ll notice a button underneath its camera. It has the Motorola logo on it. It’s its fingerprint sensor. The position it’s at is easy to reach. It’s responsive as well.

Not only is there a fingerprint sensor, but you’re getting face-unlock too. You usually don’t see the feature in more budget options. That’s why we appreciate it, even though it’s not the speediest.

No one likes thick tech. We’re surprised by how thin the Optimo is. The following are its dimensions, 5.80 x 2.81 x 0.31 in (147.32 mm x 71.37 mm x 7.87 mm).

It’s not a feather. We’re fans of handsets with a bit of weight, they feel more premium. It weighs 5.32 ounces (151 grams).

Going across its sides, you’ll find a microSD slot and 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Display

The panel on its front is IPS LCD. It isn’t vibrant. It’s seen in countless handsets its price.

We’re told its screen resolution. It is 720 x 1512 pixels. It’s not pin-sharp. However, you won’t notice any pixilation unless you look closely.

Although we’re told its resolution, we’re sadly not told what its screen-to-body ratio is. It probably isn’t anything good. It has some serious bezel action going on.

You don’t have to worry about scratching its front. It rocks Gorilla Glass 3.

It wouldn’t surprise us if you weren’t happy with its vibrancy. Thankfully, there’s some good temperature and colour settings to play with.

Moto G7 Optimo

Battery

The handset is thin as it comes with a small battery. It is 3000 mAh. If you’re expecting it to last long, get ready to be disappointed. The Optimo will be by your side for around a day.

Just like its colour settings, there are power saving modes to play with. You’ll get it to last much longer than specified.

You’ll be plugging a regular 10 W charger into a micro USB port. Micro USB ports are considered dated and make phones charge slowly. That’s why it takes well over 2 hours to go from 0-100%.

Its battery can’t be removed. This is a shame. If it was, you could force-close its systems when they get stuck.

Processor

It comes with the Snapdragon 632 chipset. It can handle everyday tasks easily. It’s superb at handling more extensive applications as well.

It’s good that it comes with a microSD slot. It comes with 32 GB ROM which would normally be fine. That being said, you’re looking at a carrier locked unit. It’d have bloatware reduce its ROM to much less. With other phones, we’re told by how much. This is not the case with it, though.

Its microSD slot can handle the 512 GB card type. How sweet is that?

RAM wise, 2 GB are present. Apps force-closing won’t be much of an issue.

What Android version does its processor power? Android 9.

Here’s the deal:

You won’t be able to upgrade it to Android 10. This is disappointing as the OS is the best-looking Android has ever been.

Camera

There is a single shooter on its rear. It consists of a 13 MP lens. On its front, an 8 MP lens is present. Don’t expect colour accurate shots. They’re not too sharp either.

Connectivity 

You can connect to 2G, 3G and 4G networks. You’ll be able to share files with others through Bluetooth v4.2.

Alternatives

As you now know everything about it, we thought about comparing it with alternatives. They’re equally priced, and give it the biggest run for its money.

The Supra is very thick. The following are its dimensions, 2.96 in x 6.37 in x 0.37 in (75.2 mm x 161.8 mm x 9.4 mm). It’s heavy too. We’re all for handsets with a bit of weight, but not when they’re thick. It comes in at 7.05 ounces (200 grams).

You don’t have to look closely to notice that its sides were curved well. Motorola is known to do this with handsets. They also made it good-looking. There’s a shiny plastic back. However, its glossiness comes with a con. It collects fingerprints like its life depends on it.

It is big. Remember how we said manufacturers are fans of making handsets 6 inches (152.4 mm) or more? It is exactly that size.

As it’s large, its viewing experience is more immersive than its counterpart’s. But they have the same display panel. It is IPS LCD.

Compared to the Optimo, its screen is not as sharp. It’s larger than it but comes with an inferior screen resolution. It is 720 x 1440 pixels. You don’t have to squint to notice any blurriness.

We don’t know what its screen-to-body ratio is like. That being said, it’s clear that it isn’t anything good. It comes with some serious bezel action.

You might’ve guessed that it’s so thick as it comes with a large battery. The unit inside of it is 5000 mAh. It lasts around 2 days. You’re met with expert power saving modes - you can make it last much longer.

To charge it, you’ll be making use of a micro USB port. As you’re aware, it’s dated. A 10 W regular charger would have to be plugged into the entry. Unfortunately, the Supra takes over 2 hours to go from 0-100%.

No, you won’t be able to remove its battery.

The chipset inside of it is the Snapdragon 425. Don’t get excited, it’s the opposite of flagship-like. The processor powers Android 8. You can’t upgrade it to Android 10.

There’s a microSD slot. This is good as carrier bloatware reduces its ROM to much less. Out of the box, you’re getting 32 gigs. We don’t know much TracFone reduced its storage to. We know the type of microSD cards it’ll be able to handle, though. They are the 128 GB type.

RAM wise, you’re getting 3 gigs. This never makes apps force closing an issue.

You’re met with single shooters on its rear and front. Its primary camera consists of a 12 MP lens. Its selfie one rocks an 8 MP unit. On both of them, you’re getting LED flash.

If you’d like to learn more about it, you can. We have a great Moto E5 Supra review.


The Moto G7 Optimo vs Moto G7 Optimo Maxx comparison must be done. They’re two sides of the same coin.

The phone big. It has ‘Maxx’ in its name after all. Its screen stretches 6.2 inches (157.48 mm) across. The handset was curved well. This lets it fit comfortably into your hands.

For such a big phone, using it is easy. Motorola placed its buttons in all the right spots.

Compared to its sibling, it’s much thicker. Its dimensions are as follows, 6.331 in x 2.99 in x 0.37 in (160.83 mm x 76 mm x 9.4 mm).

Is it made from plastic? The answer is yes. Most phones its price are. 

As its screen is larger, you’re getting a more immersive viewing experience. It would be more vibrant if it came with a more powerful screen, though. You’re getting IPS LCD. Like plastic, it’s a panel widely seen in devices its price.

Being much larger, we aren’t fond of its screen resolution. It is 720 x 1520 pixels which is less than its alternative’s.

What’s its screen-to-body ratio? We’re disappointed that we’re not told. Similar to its brother, it has some serious bezel action. It probably isn’t anything good.

Let’s talk about its insides.

There’s a 5000 mAh battery present. The Maxx lasts around 2 days. Its expert power saving modes let it last longer. To charge it, you’ll be making use of a micro USB port.

Its processor is something you’re familiar with. It is the Snapdragon 632. If you remember, we saw it in the regular Optimo too. It powers Android 9. Yes, you’ll be able to upgrade its systems to Android 10.

In the storage department, there’s 32 gigs of space. The bloatware would reduce it to much less. That being said, we aren’t told by how much its storage is reduced to. Thankfully, there is a microSD slot. It can handle the 512 GB card type.

RAM-wise, 3 gigs are present, which is good. You won’t have to worry abouts apps force-closing.

Last but not least, its cameras. There are single shooters on its front and back. Its primary camera consists of a 12 MP lens. Meanwhile, its front rocks an 8 MP unit. The both of them come with LED flash. Don’t expect shots to be Instagram-worthy.

Final Thoughts

What did you think about our G7 Optimo review? The handset is pretty affordable but comes with good specs. We’re fond of how thin it is. More premium devices tend to come with such thickness. The phone also looks good – its back is glossy.

What we’re the fondest of is its chipset. The Snapdragon 632 can easily handle everyday tasks. It can run extensive applications too, but don’t get too heavy handed.

Compared to alternatives, it holds its own. We think this is a good reason to purchase it. But when it comes to the phone that gave it the biggest run for its money, it’s the Optimo Maxx. The fact that it’s larger and lets you update its systems to Android 10 takes the cake. You might want to check it out.

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