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Motorola MOTOLUXE Review

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Interface:

When using a smartphone, or any kind of handset, for that matter, the interface can either make or break the whole  experience. Unfortunately, with the Motorola MOTOLUXE, the scales lean towards the latter side. That is because navigating around is accompanied by a fair deal of choppiness, not to mention that things tend to get laggy from time to time, most noticeably when there are more than a few widgets on your home screen. However, we have a feeling that the device's humble 800MHz processor simply can't perform any better, especially at such display resolution. So yeah, forget about using any live wallpapers on this, or playing anything more sophisticated than Angry Birds.

Looking at the bright side, the MotoSwitch UI, which runs on top of Android 2.3.7, has several neat tricks up its sleeve. First of all, its lock screen can hold shortcuts for up to six applications for quick access. Additionally, there are a couple of very useful widgets, namely the Activity Graph and the Social Graph: the former automatically populates itself with shortcuts to your most frequently used applications, while the latter does the same thing with your contacts. Last but not least, the on-screen virtual keyboard may seem somewhat crammed, but getting used to it is pretty easy.

The Motorola MOTOLUXE runs the MotoSwitch UI on top of Android 2.3.7 - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The Motorola MOTOLUXE runs the MotoSwitch UI on top of Android 2.3.7 - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The Motorola MOTOLUXE runs the MotoSwitch UI on top of Android 2.3.7 - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The Motorola MOTOLUXE runs the MotoSwitch UI on top of Android 2.3.7 - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The Motorola MOTOLUXE runs the MotoSwitch UI on top of Android 2.3.7 - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The Motorola MOTOLUXE runs the MotoSwitch UI on top of Android 2.3.7 - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The Motorola MOTOLUXE runs the MotoSwitch UI on top of Android 2.3.7 - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The Motorola MOTOLUXE runs the MotoSwitch UI on top of Android 2.3.7 - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review

The Motorola MOTOLUXE runs the MotoSwitch UI on top of Android 2.3.7



Internet and Connectivity:

As the case was with the device's interface, the stock web browser on the Motorola MOTOLUXE is quite choppy with anything beyond moderately heavy web pages, and even fails to respond to touch input from time to time. Thankfully, its performance improved vastly after we disabled the Adobe Flash plug-in. In terms of features, the web browser supports pinch to zoom, tap to zoom, and text reflow – just like any mobile browser should.

The stock web browser on the Motorola MOTOLUXE - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The stock web browser on the Motorola MOTOLUXE - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The stock web browser on the Motorola MOTOLUXE - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review
The stock web browser on the Motorola MOTOLUXE - Motorola MOTOLUXE Review

The stock web browser on the Motorola MOTOLUXE


When it comes to connectivity, the Motorola MOTOLUXE has all necessities covered: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with DLNA, 3G at up to 7.2Mbps, Bluetooth 3.0, FM radio with RDS, and USB mass storage mode. The handset's GPS radio required less than 30 seconds to pin point our location from a cold start. Afterwards, the same procedure took it no more than a couple of seconds.

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posted on 19 Mar 2012, 11:04 2

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2940; 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: 2940; 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: 5558; 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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