Tracfone LG Fiesta (L64VL/63BL) Review
Full details and specs on the LG Fiesta collected and shared by TracfoneReviewer.
|LG Fiesta Review|
The LG Fiesta was just released by Tracfone with a large 5.5″ touchscreen, Android 7.0 and 16 GB memory. It is a big phone with big specs, but comes at a reasonable price.
Tracfone is continuing to add smartphones to their lineup that feature 16 GB internal memory, which is a must for many users. We have been expecting the Samsung Galaxy Sky Pro, which will have 16 GB memory and a 5.5″ screen, but there is still no word on when that will be released.
Only the CDMA version (the L64VL) of the Fiesta is available right now, but we expect a GSM variant (the L63BL) to be released sometime soon.
Let’s have a look at the quick facts about the LG Fiesta
LG Fiesta Quick Facts:
Large 5.5″ touchscreen
16 GB Internal Memory
13 MP camera
Not so Good:
Screen Resolution is just 1280×720
Does not come with triple minutes for life
There are a lot of promising specs listed for the LG Fiesta that we are very excited about. A 13 MP camera in a phone at this price range is very uncommon. And the fact that this phone runs the newest Anroid OS (at this time) is also quite good.
It’s not all good, as you may have noticed. It appears that Tracfone is not offering the LG Fiesta with Triple Minutes for Life. If its true, it would be the first, and only, smartphone from Tracfone that doesn’t have Triple Minutes for Life. We will go more in-depth on this further on.
Before we get into the details, lets look at the full features and specs on the Fiesta
LG Fiesta (L64VL/63BL) Features and Specs
Below are the features for the Fiesta, followed by the technical specifications
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- 4G LTE capability (L64VL version uses Verizon CDMA coverage, L63BL version uses ATT GSM coverage)
- WiFi, GPS
- Access to over 1 Million Apps from Google Play
- Bluetooth 4.2
- Alarm Clock
- Accelerometer, proximity sensor
- MP3 Player
- Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting
LG Fiesta Technical Specs
- Size: 3.07″ x 6.09″ x 0.33″ (164g)
- 5.5″ IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen at 1280×720 Resolution (HD)
- 1.4 Ghz Quad Core Processor
- 1.5 GB RAM
- 16 GB Memory (about 10 GB usable, up to 2 TB external storage via MicroSD card slot
- Battery: 4500 mAh non-removable with Talk Time 28hrs, Standby 25 days
One feature we haven’t seen on any phones in this price range is the larger megapixel camera. The fiesta has a 13 MP rear camera which far exceeds most other Tracfone devices, including the 5 MP camera on the Galaxy Sky.
Not only does the Fiesta have a large camera and large screen, it also has a large battery which is desirable for consumers.
While the specs on the Fiesta look quite good, there are better phones offered by Tracfone, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, S6 and S7. Tracfone also offers several iPhone’s, including the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and SE. But these phones all come at a higher (in some cases much higher) price. Have a look at our List of the Best Tracfone Smartphones for more information.
And now let’s get to our review of the LG Fiesta with more detailed information about the main features and specs on this device.
Tracfone LG Fiesta Review
The most obvious feature on the Fiesta is the 5.5″ touchscreen. This is a popular screen size and a number of smartphones are available at or below $200 with the same size screen. The Moto G4 is one example.
However, the Fiesta only has a screen resolution of 1280×720, while the Moto G4 has full HD 1920×1080. It is a noticeable difference, but LG had to find a corner to cut somewhere, and this appears to be it. For typical users, it won’t make much of a difference, but videos and games won’t look as good compared to devices with full HD screens.
Internal Specs – Memory, Processor and RAM
Overall the internal specs on the Fiesta are good, with 16 GB memory, 1.5 GB RAM and a 1.4 Ghz quad core processor, the fiesta shouldn’t have a problem keeping up with most games and apps, but if you plan to load a lot of media onto the device, you should get a MicroSD card for it because the 10 GB of usable space fills up quickly (especially shooting HD video with the camera). Not that the Fiesta does not allow adoptable storage, and not all apps can be moved to a MicroSD card.
The Fiesta’s camera is 13 MP for the rear camera and 5 MP on the front. There is an LED flash, auto-focus, face detection and HDR. Videos are recorded at 1080p 30fps full HD.
Quality is great in good lighting (as are most cameras), but noise starts to really affect the image quality in poor lighting conditions. Overall it is nice to have the extra resolution in the images for better detail.
A big phone usually comes with a big battery, but the Fiesta goes way beyond that with the 4500 mAh non-removable battery. By comparison, the Moto G4 has the same size screen, but only a 3000 mAh battery. The iPhone 6S Plus also has a 5.5″ screen, but uses just a 2750 mAh battery.
The Fiesta is advertised to last, ‘all weekend’, and we will have to see with further testing if this holds true. In general it does appear to last throughout the day without a problem.
One surprise with the Fiesta is that despite the much larger battery, the phone is only slightly heavier than the Moto G4, and actually lighter than the iPhone 6S Plus.
Android Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat comes on the LG Fiesta, which is the latest operating system available at this time. It comes with a number of performance, appearance, and security improvements including optimization for extending battery life.
With Android OS, access to over a million apps on Google Play is possible and there are apps for nearly anything you can think of, with most of them free. See our list of the Best Android Apps for some ideas.
No Triple Minutes for LIfe
This came as a surprise to us, and everyone else. It appears that Tracfone is not offering Triple Minutes for Life on the LG Fiesta, and any phones with Android 7.0 or newer.
At first take this seems like a big negative, but when considering things further, it might not be such a big deal. Triple Minutes only works on regular airtime cards (60, 120, 200, 450, etc.) and these cards generally aren’t as good a deal as the smartphone only cards which Tracfone now offers (take a look at our Comparison of Tracfone Airtime Cards for details).
So for most users, buying the smartphone only cards is a better deal, and the lack of Triple Minutes on the LG Fiesta won’t affect them. But if you do prefer to use regular airtime cards, you should probably avoid the LG Fiesta.
Up until this point, all smartphones, including those on Tracfone BYOP, came with Triple Minutes for Life. If you already have a phone with Triple Minutes for Life, nothing will change for you.
We are going to continue investigating any changes to Triple Minutes for Life on Tracfone smartphones and will be sharing what we learn in the near future.
LG Fiesta Overview and Where to Buy
Some of LG’s budget smartphones have been known to have quality issues, such as the LG Treasure and Rebel. Time will tell if that is the case with the Fiesta, but at this time it is a very attractive phone for the price.
While some consumers may not want such a large phone, for the majority this will be a great option to upgrade to from older Tracfone smartphones. The large screen takes a little getting used to, but pretty soon it is hard to want a phone with anything less.
The Fiesta is fairly similar to the Samsung Galaxy Sky, but comes with the improved camera and newer Android OS. The Fiesta has a larger screen, better camera and more internal memory compared to the LG X Style. However, the X Style does offer a slimmer, more stylish appearance. And as for the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory we recently reviewed, the Fiesta is better in just about every way, and available for a similar price.
The CDMA version of the LG Fiesta is currently available with 1500 minutes from HSN for $139. It was initially on sale at $129. This is a great value, as the airtime bundle is worth over $125..
The bundle does include a cover for the phone, but if you are looking for more options, the LG x Power 2 is the same size, and there are a number of cases and more on Amazon
That concludes our review of the LG Fiesta (L64VL/63BL) from Tracfone. Take a look at the user manual for specific details on using the phone and leave a comment below with your thoughts or questions.
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