- James Pearce , Coolsmartphone
It is certainly not the ultra fashionable accessory that Motorola intended it to be.
If you want a smartphone from a company that has a substantial amount of geek cred and a little bit of fashion sense, look no further than good old Moto and its fairly attractive Motorola Motoluxe. This monolithic Android handset ships with a 4-inch 480x854 touchscreen display, an 8MP autofocus camera, a 1,390mAh battery, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. Although tagged as some kind of a premium model, the Motoluxe is better classed as an entry-level smartphone.
It has a number of good things going for it, such as its large touchscreen display and headline-grabbing camera, although the rest of the features can be a bit disappointing. It comes with only 512MB of RAM and a mere 300MB of internal storage, plus its single-core processor operates at a clock speed of only 800MHz. Fortunately, that much is enough to run Gingerbread quite well, and storage space can be expanded further through microSD cards—a free 2GB card is included in every package.
One of the Motoluxe’s highlights is a notification light built into its lower left corner below the touchscreen display. It flashes to notify users of certain events and is fairly useful, although users report it can get a bit annoying. All things considered, this is a nifty handset. Despite its shortcomings, the Motoluxe looks remarkably good for the price and would be a good choice as someone’s first entry-level Android device.
Need to Know: Motorola Motoluxe
1. Uses a large touchscreen display. (The Good)
2. Has an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. (The Good)
3. Runs on a dated processor and ships with a very limited amount of RAM and internal storage. (The Bad)
4. Default OS is an older version of the Android software. (The Bad)
Reviews (6.1/10 Avg. rating)
An attractive and well-made product with a decent screen and camera
The MOTOLUXE is not out to win the hearts and minds of the high-end market; rather, it fits quite snugly into the low- to mid-range, and does so by checking all the boxes. It has a few highs and some lows, but for the most part performs most task well enough for the price.
For Virgin customers, $230 is definitely attractive on a 30-day plan; Bell customers have some serious competition in the HTC One V, which can be purchased for the same price. There’s no mention of whether the MOTOLUXE will receive Android 4.0 but based on the internal specs I doubt it would perform well enough.Full review
The Motorola Motoluxe has been designed as a stylish handset that won't break the bank
If you want a no frills Android device this could be the one for you
Smart design and good build quality with large and high-res screen
We're split on the Motorola Motoluxe. On the one hand it offers good build quality, design, screen and camera for its price but on the other, its performance is borderline not good enough. We hesitate to say it's outright too slow but we definitely found ourselves getting frustrated as we waited for apps to load or the interface to respond. We'd forgave this level of performance in the Motorola Defy as it offered ruggedness and waterproofing as a sweetener, but it feels more acutely lacking here. Were this phone running the same processor as the HTC One V it would be a much closer call but... Full review
Good feature set for the price
Poor hardware meets dull design
It has some very good things going for it, but also some features in need of improvement
A low-end, compact smartphone
Cheap, but likeable
A good-looking smartphone with a solid construction and a slim profile
It does a few thigns better than my Nexus One
This phone does a few things better than my old phone, but lately I've found it doesn't have the best reception as even my non-smartphones did. I'd be driving through places where this phone could not get signal. Otherwise the keyboard is nicer on this phone, and once you learn the menus they really are nice too. I've only had it a week or so but so far the battery life is great, but most of my use has been texting with very little wifi. So far I'm very pleased, as long as the reception doesn't leave me stranded someday!Less
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- Motorola Motoluxe Manual (PDF)
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