The Motoluxe was launched in March 2012 and it’s an elegant smartphone with Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread. The new owners from Google are trying to differentiate the Motorola phones from the competition. The phone looks very elegant and gentle at touch. Besides it is elegant it has the back cover made of metal and the edges all around are also from metal, but you can’t see because the phone is all covered by a rubber material so you can have a good grip on the device.
It looks very slim but when we look over the specifications we see that it has 9.9mm. So is not that slim if we compare it with the Motorola Razr which has 7.1mm. the Motoluxe has 117.5mm in length and 60.6mm in width. The screen seems to be huge because it’s edge-to-edge but it has only 4.0 inches. Its display has a pixel density of 245ppi, supports a resolution of 480×854 pixels and has touch sensitive controls. The phone is not too heavy, it has 123g.
The Motoluxe has a 1400 mAh battery. When you the 4” screen and this battery you would say: “I bet this phone won’t stay one day without his charger”. Well things aren’t as they look at the Motorola Motoluxe. After a one day marathon with the battery full charged I ended up with 65% remained. This is awesome.Now let me resume the battery test: making voice calls, testing the GPS with Google Maps and Street View, listening to music, browsing on the internet and the 3G was always on.
The processor is single core at 800 MHz based on a Qualcomm MSM7227A-0 chipset. Adreno 200 GPU is pretty old for a smartphone in 2012, but we can over look this and the single core CPU because it’s a mid range smartphone. It has internal memory of 1GB user available, 512 RAM and supports a microSD card up to 32 GB.
Motorola has customized the user interface of Android 2.3. The Motoluxe doesn’t have the old Motoblur, it has now Motoswitch. The new user interface is much more pleasant.
At connectivity the Motorola Motoluxe can be proud itself. It has Bluetooth v3.0 with A2Dp and EDR, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi direct, Wi-Fi direct, DLNA, usb 2.0 with microUSB port and HSDPA up to 7.2Mbps download speed and HSUPA up to 5.76Mbps upload speed. The browser has HTML5 and Adobe Flash support; it is working very well and supports multi tab search. I’ve tested this feature by opening 3 tabs and browsing on them at the same time
The Motoluxe has an 8mp camera with LED flash, autofocus and geo-tagging. It can’t record 720p videos only VGA at 640×480 resolution. This is a bad thing because almost all smartphone with 8mp camera launched in the last year can record at 720p resolution. It is good that it has a secondary VGA camera in front for video calls and a dedicated camera button.
Conclusion: the Motorola Motoluxe it not aiming too high but it makes its job for a user which is not too advanced. The phone fits well in the mid range class and I can say it is among the best from its class.