Motorola Motoluxe review

Reviews Ben Griffin 14:56, 26 Mar 2012

We review the Motorola Motoluxe, a low-end, compact smartphone with Android 2.3.7

Rating: 
3
Pros: 
Compact, Won't break the bank, Some nice interface touches
Cons: 
Can feel slow at times
Verdict: 
The Motorola Motoluxe is relatively capable at its price point we think you would be better off waiting to see what the forthcoming budget devices with Ice Cream Sandwich are like

With the exception of the Motorola Razr, we've been a little disappointed with the company as of late, and judging by revenues towards the end of 2011, the public has been as well. That doesn't mean we've lost faith in the brand - the Razr showed the prowess is still there - but a spark across the entire range is needed.

It's perhaps a bit unfortunate, then, for Motorola to release the Motoluxe, a compact smartphone that manages to squeeze a sizeable 4-inch display into its dinky case. It's got all the right ingredients - lightweight, solid construction, grippy back panel, 8-megapixel camera and a panel where it can display coloured notifications you can set - but it's badly timed, as we'll explain later.

The Motoluxe is a great device to hold and the layout of its buttons is logical. Each one feels sturdy, too, putting a few more expensive devices to shame. Apart from having to drop the battery in and put the back on, which made us feel like it was a Lego phone, we were impressed. We did notice an unusually slow load-up process but seeing as you only go through it once we can't complain.

Moving onto the display, the Motoluxe's 4-inch screen is of a decent size. It's big enough for reading websites but small enough to make it compact. Brightness is reasonable and we certainly were happy looking at it for prolonged periods of time, but we did find it struggled to compete with sunny weather. That's not uncommon but with a number of manufacturers offering devices that get around the problem of reflections, it has become, ironically, more noticeable.

Android 2.3.7 provides you with the most widely-used version of Google's operating system, but it's starting to feel a bit dated. Fortunately, Motorola's custom user interface includes some fresh additions such as a funky-looking social graph and the ability to jump straight to six functions straight from the lock screen. Thanks to a dedicated camera button, you don't need to include the camera as one of them if you take a lot of impromptu shots.

Performance-wise, the Motoluxe shows its budget side quite quickly. Sliding between the homescreens is a very jerky affair. Applications and the like opens relatively quickly but more intensive tasks can really slow it down. We wouldn't expect top-flight processing at £200-odd but the downside is the impression of being a bit dated, especially if you are familiar with any flagship device from the last year or so.

 

Specifications

Typical Price £205
UK Launch January, 2012
Frequency GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Phone Style Candy bar
Thickness 9.9mm
Length 117.7mm
Width 60.5mm
Weight 123.6g
Built-in Memory 1GB
Additional Memory Up to 32GB via microSD slot
High-speed Data HSDPA 850 / 1900 or HSDPA 850 / 2100
Connectivity Bluetooth, GPRS, EDGE
Screen Size 4.0-inches, 480x854 pixels (245ppi)
Screen Colours 16m
Camera 8-megapixel with autofocus
Designer Lens No
Camera Resolution 3264x2448
Zoom No
Flash LED
Video Resolution 720p
Ringtones Yes
Music Player Yes
Music Formats MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC+ player
Song Storage 1GB (up to 32GB via microSD slot)
Radio Stereo FM with RDS
Speaker Yes
Video Calling Yes
Internet Yes
Browser HTML 5, Adobe Flash
Games No, but downloadable from Google Play

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