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Motorola MOTOLUXE Review

Motorola MOTOLUXE

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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


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

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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PhoneArena rating:
5Average
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.5 GB 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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