Motorola Motoluxe

8/5/2012 9:13:12 AM

The name may conjure up images of Claridge’s, The Ritz and champagne receptions, but the MotoLuxe is actually a budget smartphone with a low-end single-core 800MHz processor.

The phone feels like a classy item, though. Some budget Android smartphones we’ve seen have creaky plastic bodies, but the MotoLuxe is covered on its sides and back with a rubber coating. Thanks to the soft rubber, the smartphone feel fantastic in the hand, and the four touch sensitive buttons under the screen are responsive. An oblong cut-out on the bottom-left of the phone glows with different-colored status lights for events such as new messages and low battery.

Description: Motorola Motoluxe

We were impressed with the screen, too. It may not be an ultra-vibrant AMOLED model, but the 4in TFT panel is bright and colorful with reasonable contrast. It has a fairly high 480x854 resolution, and text is sharp, clear and easy to read.


The phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), but then ICS has only just begun to appear on a handful of high-end handsets, so this is no surprise. Motorola has customised the OS; there’s no MotoBlur, but the app tray has a smart custom skin and icons. The homescreen has also seen extensive changes. The biggest additions are two huge widgets called the Social Graph and Activity Graph, which are a cloud of contact pictures and app icons respectively. The Social Graph fills itself with the contacts you’ve been in touch with the most, while the Activity Graph fills up with the apps you've used the most. You can also specify contacts and apps manually to fill the widgets.

It’s a neat system, but there's one big drawback - it slows the homescreen right down. Flicking left and right between homescreens is a jerky affair, as is bringing up the main applications menu. Installing the alternative Launcher Pro homescreen and application tray speeds things up, but then you lose access to the Social Graph and the Activity Graph.

Description: Motorola Motoluxe

The rest of the phone's apps run reasonably smoothly. It took some fiddling, but we managed to set up our Gmail, Windows Live and corporate Exchange email and calendars. The main problem was that we couldn't add our Windows Live and Exchange accounts in the main Accounts section as the app kept crashing, but adding them in the Email app meant everything worked perfectly. There’s a unified inbox if you want to keep all your messages in one place, and the calendar has useful weekly and agenda views, as well as the usual month and day options.

Technical data



Verdict: A fine budget handset that's stymied by a slow processor

Smartphone: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100, GPRS, Edge, 3G, HSDPA, 4in 480x854 resolution LCD, 8-megapixel camera, 1GB storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity, 6.5 hours’ talk time, 450 days' standby, 118x61x10mm, 122g



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