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Motorola Motoluxe XT615 review

Hot on the heels of the RAZR comes the mid-range Motorola Motoluxe, which still packs a few surprising features considering the price. Julian Prokaza finds out if it’s as cheerful as it is cheap.

Usability

Although the screen is commendably good at this price, some inevitable cost-cutting is evident with the rest of the Motoluxe's specification. The device only has a 800MHz single-core processor with 512MB RAM, for example.

Benchmarks

Quadrant Standard - 1027

GeekBench - 420

SunSpider - 7019.4ms

Moving between Android screens with finger swipes seems sluggish, but applications still seem to run smoothly enough. Adding widgets to the homescreens does have a detrimental effect on overall responsiveness though, so the Motoluxe isn't best suited to Android smartphone users who like to see lots of information at-a-glance.

This lack of processor power obviously translates to a low benchmark score and the Motoluxe only turned in a result of 1027 in the Quadrant Standard synthetic benchmark, which is one of the lowest we've seen. Its performance in the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark was similarly slow, at 7019.4ms.

A more pressing problem, however, is the 308MB of available space on the app storage partition. Motorola does supply a 2GB micro-SD card and Android 2.3 Gingerbread can move most apps to external storage, although this must be done manually and one app at a time. However, Android 2.3 must still leave a significant chunk of app data behind on the app partition, which means heavy app users might quickly find themselves out of storage space.

This problem is remedied in Android 4.0 on the Google/Samsung Galaxy Nexus, since it treats both app and internal user partitions as one single storage space. However, whether or not this will be the case on Android 4.0 smartphones that have a memory card slot is still unknown there are none currently available. More to the point, Motorola hasn't committed to an Android 4.0 upgrade for the Motoluxe either, so its app storage limit may never be solved.

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