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Motorola MOTOLUXE Review

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Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
Introduction:

Back at CES 2012, we got the chance to check out this mid-range Android smartphone known by the name of Motorola MOTOLUXE. After getting up close and personal with it for a few minutes, we walked away with a generally positive impression as the handset was sleek and felt nicely made.

Today, the Motorola MOTOLUXE is once again in our hands, but this time we are giving it a full-blown review treatment. A 4-inch display, 800MHz processor, and an 8-megapixel camera contained within a slim, solid body are among the features that the smartphone has to justify its $380 off-contract price with. Care to know how it stood after we put it through its paces? Read along to find out...


Design:

Well, what do you know: the Motorola MOTOLUXE is actually one pretty good looking handset despite its relatively low price point. To start, it exhibits a slim profile, and although it is no RAZR, its waistline of under 10 millimeters is commendable. What makes the smartphone look even cooler is that it sports a soft touch finish, and the metallic elements that have been used in its construction add a dose of premium feel to the otherwise mid-range device. On top of that, the smartphone feels nice and solid, and its dimensions make it easy to operate with a single hand.

The Motorola MOTOLUXE is a pretty good looking handset - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The Motorola MOTOLUXE is a pretty good looking handset - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The Motorola MOTOLUXE is a pretty good looking handset - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review

The Motorola MOTOLUXE is a pretty good looking handset


Motorola MOTOLUXE Review

You can compare the Motorola MOTOLUXE with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Our fingers have no troubles locating the lock key or the volume rocker, which resides on the smartphone's top and right sides respectively. The capacitive buttons located underneath the device's display are also well positioned and accidental presses are pretty much absent.

microUSB port (left) - The sides of the Motorola MOTOLUXE - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
Camera and volume keys (right) - The sides of the Motorola MOTOLUXE - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
3.5mm jack and power key (top) - The sides of the Motorola MOTOLUXE - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review

microUSB port (left)

Camera and volume keys (right)

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

The sides of the Motorola MOTOLUXE


Camera - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
Speaker - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
Battery compartment - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review

Camera

Speaker

Battery compartment


It may sound silly at first, but the Motorola MOTOLUXE has a lanyard groove located at its bottom left-hand side. In all honesty, we don't think that many people would actually use it, but we don't mind its presence anyway as it does not spoil the design of the device in any way. However, the groove itself is not as neat as the notification light, which is hidden inside of it. Each time you receive a text message or miss a call, a pulsing light will bring the event to your attention.

The lanyard groove of Motorola MOTOLUXE  has a notification light hidden inside of it - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The lanyard groove of Motorola MOTOLUXE  has a notification light hidden inside of it - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The lanyard groove of Motorola MOTOLUXE  has a notification light hidden inside of it - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review

The lanyard groove of Motorola MOTOLUXE has a notification light hidden inside of it



Display:

Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
Before we proceed any further, we have to give Motorola two thumbs up for managing to fit a 4-inch display on a smartphone with such a small footprint. It sports a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels (245ppi), which translates into clear, detailed images and sharp looking text. Unfortunately, the screen itself is nothing but your plain LCD type, so although colors may look pretty accurate when the display is viewed directly, they do get washed out after a slight tilt of the device. Also, its outdoor visibility is quite poor even when the brightness is set to the maximum. 

Motorola MOTOLUXE 360-degrees View:



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posted on 19 Mar 2012, 11:04 2

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Harsh rating but hey if its not magical(Apple) that would explain it.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 12:37 3

3. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


So according to you, all Android phones need more than a 9/10

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 16:43 3

6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Yep because thats exactly what I said.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 13:04

10. csm71 (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


its not an i phone though?

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 11:48 5

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


lg optimus black outcompetes this phone in every category, including price point. nice try moto.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 13:06

11. csm71 (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


LG less quality in my opinion

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 13:40 3

4. sheepygalaxy (Posts: 68; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


why would anyone want this when the nokia n8 and sony ericsson arc s and around the same price handset only and next to nothing in the uk

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 13:57

5. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Not bad The overall design is nice but i think they should have clocked the processor to 1GHZ or a bit higher.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 13:14

12. csm71 (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


te its a good price smartphone i think u want tablet or small laptop

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 17:34 2

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the only things i like about this phone is the design and the widgets it comes loaded with. i hope they come to the future builds of ICS for all of Moto's phones.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 02:11

8. fenixsama (Posts: 32; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


remember the old gold motorola razr flip phone? i wish motorola used that as an inspiration. if you want to associate the word "luxe" then it should look and feel like it. not another boring black brick.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 12:59

9. csm71 (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


300 mins 300 texts unlimited internet android gingerbread unlimted internet for £12 a month i got upgrade for unbeatable i would give it high ranking as my wife had an acer phone very complecated

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 13:17

13. csm71 (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


8 megapixels and andriod amongst other features there a new htc with700ghz this has 800 and more expensive thec droid

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 13:41

14. csm71 (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


plus free landline and network to network u have got to negotiate

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.63 x 2.38 x 0.39 inches
(117.7 x 60.5 x 9.85 mm)
4.36 oz  (124 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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