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Motorola Motoluxe Review

 
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While the basic specs of the Motorola Motoluxe are decidedly average, on the whole Motorola’s latest handset for the European, Chinese and Latin American markets is a decent smartphone.

The Motoluxe is not going to challenge the likes of the Droid Razr Maxx or the Droid 4 as one of Motorola’s flagship devices, but for those looking for a large (4in) smartphone with a decent camera (8 megapixel) and without a premium price tag, the Motoluxe could be just the answer.

Design-wise the phone doesn’t try anything radical but its combination of glass and soft-touch plastic makes for a very attractive looking and feeling device. The build-quality of the Motoluxe is excellent and it feels nice and solid with no hint of creak or wobble.

The phone measures 117 x 60 x 9.85mm and weighs just 123.6g making it a very comfortable size for holding as well as stowing in those tight pockets of your skinny jeans.

Motorola is touting the 4in screen as an “edge-to-edge display” which is another way of simply saying it has a relatively small bezel, and on the sides this is certainly the case. Overall the phone feels a lot more compact than many other 4in smartphones thanks to the narrower bezel, and this is very welcome.

The screen itself, with a resolution of just 480 x 854, was sharp enough in terms of text but seems to suffer from the problems of all LCD displays of this kind with the colours seeming washed out, along with serious contrast shift issues with poor viewing angles adding to the problems. However the conditions at the Motorola booth at CES were far from ideal, so we’ll wait until we get the handset into the office for testing before making a final decision.

Below the screen sit the usual four capacitive Android buttons for Menu, Home, Back and Search. Below these again sit a couple of features which set the Motoluxe apart from other Android handsets. A horizontal blue notification light and a groove for attaching a lanyard sit on the bottom left of the phone.

The notification light will display different colours (blue, green and purple) depending on whether you have a new email, text message or voice mail. While the notification light may annoy some, we liked it and although we can never see ourselves attaching a lanyard to a phone, having the option is no bad thing, especially as it doesn’t ruin the overall look of the phone.

Around the sides of the phone you’ll fine a volume rocker, microUSB port for charging and data transfer, dedicated shutter button (a big plus point for us), a 3.5mm headphone jack and a power button. On the rear is an 8 megapxiel camera with autofocus and an LED flash. It is joined by a VGA front-facing camera for video-calling.

Looking inside the phone, you’ll find a single-core 800MHz processor paired with 512MB of RAM which is decidedly average compared to the dual-core (soon-to-be-quad-core) flagship devices we have today. And while regular navigation is not very laggy, there is a noticeable difference in performance between the Motoluxe and phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II or Galaxy Nexus.The difference is not that much of a problem. Motorola has not revealed the amount of local storage but with the microSD card slot you’ll be able to augment this by up to 32GB.

You’ll also get a 1,400mAh battery promising up to 6.5 hours talk time and up to 450 hours of standby time. There’s also Bluetooth 3.0, aGPS, DLNA support, an FM Radio and Wi-Fi b/g/n.

The Motoluxe runs Android 2.3.7 which has been skinned with the new MotoSwitch UI which brings together all your friends and favourite apps in large widgets which can be placed on one of the homescreens. Again this will be a personal judgement, but for us the addition of MotoSwitch is not a plus point.

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