The Motorola Motoluxe is an entry level handset, announced January 2012 and released March 2012. As expected of an “entry level” handset the device does lack some of the quality and features you would expect from a higher level handset. Saying that you do have to keep in mind the device retails for around £200 so doesn’t exactly cost an arm and a leg and can make small allowances for performance issues.
- Size: 61mm X 118mm X 10mm
- Weight: 124g
- Display: TFT Capacitive Touchscreen
- Display Size: 4.0 inches, 480 X 854 pixels
- Band: Quad band
- 2G Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- 3G Network: HSDPA 850/2100
- GPRS: 32-48 KBPS, EDGE Class 12
- WLan: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth: Yes
- OS: Android OS V 2.3.7
- CPU: 800 MHz
- Battery: Li-ion 1400 MAH
- Standy time: 450h 2G 400h 3G
- Talk time: 6h 3om 2G 4h 30m 3G
- Memory: Internal 1GB, 512mb RAM
- Micro SD: Up to 32GB
- Camera: Rear and front 8MP, 3264 X 2448 Pixels
- Sound: Vibration, MP3, WAV. 3.5mm Jack and Loudspeaker.
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, E-mai, Im and Push E-mail
The processor supported on this device is ARMv7 rev 1, which runs at a maximum frequency of 800MHz and minimum of 122.88 MHz. So by no means the best processor out there, which if you read on with some of the flaws to this handset would explain why.
In terms of benchmark tests this device didn’t perform too well at all with very basic scores ranked near the bottom in most I tried, here are two examples.
The Motoluxe retails for around £189.00 -£200.00. Most carriers support on contract for about £21.00 per month, 24 month contract including, 100mins, 500 texts and 750 MB Internet. Available on most carriers.
In The Box:
- Sync Cable
- 2GB Micro SD card
- User + Get Started Guide
Front of Handset: Capacitive keys. Front Camera. Lanyard slot/LED light.
Left Hand Side: Micro USB/Charging port.
Right Hand Side: Camera button and Volume up and down keys.
Top of Device: Power key and 3.5mm Jack for Headphones.
Rear of Device: 8MP Camera and Speaker.
Look and Feel:
The handset aesthetically looks very nice and stylish with a sleek black, matt finish to the device with a small metal grid section on the back. The surface, especially on the back, feels very soft and quite delicate but it actually appears to be quite resistant to scratches (believe me I’m pretty good at scratching new devices!) A nice physical feature is the battery cover being metal. Most devices have plastic battery covers and I find this feel very flimsy so it makes a nice change to have something a fair bit sturdier. The handset is a good size – at the moment I find they are getting bigger and bigger, take the HTC One X and the Galaxy Note for example. I find this quite bulky and doesn’t easily sit in my hand, but the Motoluxe is just the right size and fits quite comfortably. The only design flaw I don’t like is the USB port is on the left hand side about 3/4 of the way down the handset, so when the device is plugged in it isn’t very comfortable to use as the USB majorly gets in the way.
The screen is a nice, user friendly touch screen at 4.0 inches – not too big and not too small. At 480 X 854 pi this is standard for most handsets at the moment. The visual of the screen itself is very clear and bright with a good level of colour quality. Makes this handset suitable for all sorts of browsing through photo’s and editing.
The battery seems to charge pretty quickly on this device (or at least I think so). The one time I let the battery run completely flat it recharged fully in just under 3 hours. The general battery life is pretty average and in line with most other handsets in the market at the moment. Heavy use of constant gaming gave about 8 hours before the battery was in the red, normal every day use was about a day to a day and a half, depending on usage.
One feature that affects the battery life drastically on this handset is the LED notification light. The notification light flashes every time you get a message, e-mail or general notification on the handset and doesn’t stop until it has been read. I personally couldn’t figure out how to turn this off. One night I had charged the phone to about 70% battery and taken it off charge, received an e-mail during the night so the phone flashed all night. When I eventually read the e-mail the battery had depleted to 20%! So this feature is a huge battery drain with no obvious way to turn it off (correct me if I’m wrong.)
Calls and Messaging:
I found with this handset I generally had a pretty good signal. I’d even say it was slightly better than usual which obviously made the basics of any phone, calling and messaging a lot easier! Calling on the phone was very smooth, the in-call volume could go a bit louder but that’s just a personal preference. The ear piece is actually very clear and didn’t experience to much background noise either.
This handset supports pretty much most types of messaging you could want; SMS, MMS, E-mail and IM. SMS and MMS messages are displayed in a “scrolling” style as is common with most handsets at the moment. Can’t really say a lot more on messaging as it just works to put it simply.
The stock web browser on this device wasn’t amazing. Overall it was quite slow and scrolling through a webpage was very catchy/ glitchy if that makes sense? It just didn’t scroll nicely. Also as web browsers go this ones’ general design and layout wasn’t visually pleasing either. As an alternative I downloaded Dolphin Browser HD. This did perform a bit better but still not as well as what I’m used to, keep in mind it’s a lower end handset though, and probably not designed for heavy web browsing. Especially as most basic things like social networking can be done through applications.
My Gaming experience also wasn’t brilliant with this handset. ‘Endless Runner’ games such as Temple Run didn’t perform too well at all. The frame rate of the game runs quite low on this handset so as such the graphics don’t flow very smoothly and looked quite glitchy. Interestingly it was only the scene/background however the actual characters seemed to be fine. Other games did however perform better on this device. Puzzle games such as Slice It performed very well as there isn’t really a lot of movement to experience issues.
This device supports an 8MP front and rear facing camera which captures 3264 X 2448 Pixels. There is also an additional camera button on the side of the handset for capturing images, half press will focus the camera and then full press captures the image. I felt the camera was generally very clear and apart from the odd shot being ever so slightly over exposed 9 out of 10 times it captured the light levels pretty well.
Left: Portrait – sepia effect. Right: Close up flower shot.
Left: Landscape shot. Right: Movement landscape. As you can see the cars which would normally been moving have been captured VERY clearly. Big thumbs up!
The general interface and settings of the camera are clear and easy to use, although maybe a bit lacking. All the necessary basics are there such as being able to change the colour effect , zoom, flash mode etc. but it is just the basics which I found a little bit disappointing. WIth no Image editor available on the device the only things you can do to edit images on this handset (without downloading a third party app) are again the basics like cropping or rotating. This isn’t TOO much of an issue as the camera does what it is supposed to and well, just a little bit disappointing when I’m used to a handset that can do a bit more.
Left: Image editing options (or lack of rather!) Right: Camera in capturing mode.
Above: Camera options
The handset has a built in music app with my pet hate of minimal widgets, other than that there isn’t really anything wrong with it, just a general stock Android music application. Listening to music on the device was OK. The speaker was reasonably clear and not bad for this type of handset at all. Again down to a personal preference, I didn’t think much of the headset provided but that is because i prefer inner ear headphones. If you are planning on putting a lot of music on this handset it would be worth investing in a bigger memory card as 2GB certainly wouldn’t get me a lot!
Generally I think due to low processor speed this handset does struggle a bit with the version of Android it runs, as this would explain a lot of the issues around slow performance and lag in certain applications.
So overall a bit of a mixed review really. My general final thoughts on this device are that it would be more suitable for someone new to an Android handset or someone who isn’t used to very fast performing higher end handsets. The few issues I hit on this handset really let it down for me as it does have some really good features. The camera for one (despite the lack of editing features on the device) is of very good quality. For the price, not bad. Could be better, this handset does show promise so fingers crossed for a better try next time Motorola!