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Motorola Motoluxe review

6.1/10 AVG.
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6.1/10
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The Motorola Motoluxe currently has an Informr score of 6.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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)


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Mobile Syrup

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...

- Daniel Bader, Mobile Syrup

I love the fact that I can listen to music again, capture memories and organize my actions using the themes between work, weekend and home. Did I mention it's a good feeling to be able to reconnect with people that I have neglected to maintain relationships with in the past. Thanks to the people at Virgin Mobile and The Source. It took me a few days to become familiar with the operation of this phone and I had to laugh when I set the alarm on Christmas morning for 5:00 a.m. and didn't realize I had to go to the menu bar and touch the notification tab to turn the ringer off. I captured a video of children playing in the park on Christmas Day.
T3

Mid-range smartphones can vary greatly from cheapo budget handsets to phones that are only a few steps down from being top-tier phones. On first impressions, the Motorola Motoluxe falls into the latter category thanks to its nicely designed chassis and large, bright screen. It also gets points for i...

- Libby Plummer, T3
Coolsmartphone

It is certainly not the ultra fashionable accessory that Motorola intended it to be.

- James Pearce, Coolsmartphone
TrustedReviews

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...

- Edward Chester, TrustedReviews
TechRadar

We've established that the Motorola Motoluxe is no real fashion accessory. Not only that, but at around £20 per month, the performance isn't up to scratch with even other older-but-more capable Android phones, such as the HTC Desire S. It's more of an entry-level handset than one for a capable smart...

- Laura Tosney, TechRadar


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Motorola backs up the Motoluxe with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Motoluxe has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
4"

The Motorola Motoluxe's screen size is 4 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz

There is a Single Core 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 19 days standby time, 390 minutes.

Motorola Motoluxe Specs

Overview
Release date March 29, 2012
Regions available Canada
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Single Core 800 MHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 512 MB
ROM 1 GB
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.464 W/kg
Body: 0.401 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1400 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 390 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 19 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.8 x 6.0 x 1.0 cm (4.6 x 2.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 122 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, DivX
Video Recording Parameters
30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, DivX
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola XT615

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