Motorola Motoluxe review

£190
Price when reviewed

There’s a pleasing lack of third-party apps and crapware, but the Motoluxe is still sluggish in use, with homescreens slowing down when switched and the lockscreen exhibiting none of the slick professionalism seen on HTC’s latest handsets.

The 8-megapixel camera is reasonable. Close-up shots using the Motoluxe’s macro mode showed decent detail, and colours were reasonably vivid throughout our testing, but detail in wide shots was lacking, with clean lines replaced by blurred edges. The zoom option has the same problems, with a lack of detail and clarity. The Motoluxe has few tricks up its sleeve on the software side, either, so its photos are consistently poorer than those from the HTC Wildfire S’ 5-megapixel camera.

Motorola Motoluxe

It’s all wrapped up in a pretty uninspiring chassis. It feels strong enough, and at 10mm wide and 124g, it isn’t particularly thick or chunky, but the rubberised rear and proliferation of seams feel very much part of a budget phone.

One area where the Motoluxe wins points is its screen. Its 356cd/m2 brightness level is better than the Wildfire S’ 322cd/m2, but the HTC’s deeper black levels make for a contrast ratio of 920:1, better than the Motorola’s 711:1. But at 4in across and with a resolution of 480 x 854, we prefer the feel of the Motorola’s display.

That makes the Motoluxe a decent budget handset, and £15 a month won’t buy you many better phones. Be warned, though: only £5 more will buy phones such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S and HTC Desire S, both of which are markedly better devices.

Details

Cheapest price on contract Free
Contract monthly charge £15.00
Contract period 24 months

Physical

Dimensions 61 x 118 x 10mm (WDH)
Weight 124g
Touchscreen yes
Primary keyboard On-screen

Core Specifications

RAM capacity 512MB
ROM size 1,024MB
Camera megapixel rating 8.0mp
Front-facing camera? yes
Video capture? yes

Display

Screen size 4.0in
Resolution 480 x 854
Landscape mode? yes

Other wireless standards

Bluetooth support yes
Integrated GPS yes

Software

OS family Android

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