The Motorola Motoluxe’s screen clearly isn’t the most dazzling ever created but it’s still very much up to the job. At 4in, it’s slightly bigger than that of most mid-range handsets, and its 480 x 854 pixel resolution is slightly higher too. The two combine to make it a comfortable size to use and plenty sharp enough too. It’s also notable just how little bezel there is round the top and sides of the phone, making it both look more premium and helping keep the phone smaller than the HTC One V.
Where it falls down slightly is its viewing angles and colour reproduction. It’s an LCD panel so has accurate looking colours but it doesn’t have the pop of AMOLED or the best LCDs, and it looks a little washed out. As for viewing angles, colours loose even more of their impact when viewed from much of an angle. Overall brightness isn’t ground breasking either. It’s still a vast improvement over equivalents from last year but noticeably trails the current best too.
Less of a genuine everyday concern but still notable is the pattern that’s visible right across the surface of the screen. Something to do with the touch sensing layers this grid could be a little distracting if watching a video, for instance.
Far more of a concern than the Motorola Motoluxe’s screen is its performance. With only an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227A-0 beating at its heart – there’s no two ways about it – it feels sluggish. Where the HTC One V felt simply not as fast as its high-end contemporaries, the Motoluxe is another step down.
Not helping matters is the phone’s use of Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) rather than the newer 4.0 iteration. Android 4.0 uses the graphics chip properly to smooth out the interface whereas previous iterations relied on the CPU. The result is that the interface stutters rather than glides. Again comparing to the One V, even it managed to feel smooth, with you merely having to wait that bit longer for an app to load when compared to high-end handsets. Here though, you’re regularly greeted by a laggy look. According to Motorola’s website the Motoluxe is in the ‘Evaluation and planning’ stage for getting a 4.0 update, which judging on past form would suggest an update will be a few months away.
Backing up our subjective findings were our benchmarks. In the web browser based benchmarks, SunSpider and BrowserMark the Motoluxe trails the likes of the iPhone 4 and HTC One V by some distance, though it beats the likes of the super-budget Orange San Francisco 2. Likewise when it comes to gaming, this is no powerhouse, though most basic puzzler titles such as Angry Birds and Where’s My Water? should work.