When US mobile manufacturer, Motorola, unveiled their latest handsets at the recent CES 2012 conference, users were in for a double treat. The company have created two new smartphones especially for the budget market and both devices run Motorola's new MotoSwitch on Android.
MotoSwitch notes the applications and contacts that are most used by the user and groups them on the homescreen in a cluster for fast, easy access.
The new Motoluxe is the more advanced of the two. The phone is elegant and slim-line with a high resolution 4 inch touchscreen that guarantees 'superior web browsing', a front-facing VGA camera and an 8 MP rear camera with incorporated flash for high quality images. The device also features a lanyard groove and notification light to alert the user when a message is received or a call missed.
The Motoluxe is slightly lighter than Apple's iPhone 4S but heavier than the new Motorola Defy Mini which is the latest addition to the company's durable range. An Android 2.1 phone, the lightweight Defy has a smaller display, featuring a 3.2 inch LCD screen, a 5MP camera and up to 32 GB of microSD storage.
Grant Burrows from 2u.co.uk, gadget insurance experts, says 'The reaction to both the Motoluxe and the Defy Mini from our gadget testers at this year's CES fair was very positive. Both devices appear to be highly usable with excellent features. The only downside seems to be the slight lag that can occur when the user swipes the screen but this is fairly common with some skinned Android phones and our testers didn't find it much of a problem.'
While Motorola have had considerable success with former brands such as the Motorola Razr and Motorola Droid Bionic topping the bestseller lists, Apple's iPhone and Samsung Galaxy continue to lead the market. But could the Motoluxe and Defy Mini make a few waves?
Grant from 2U adds, 'The iPhone is so popular and difficult to beat because it has become such a status symbol but the Samsung Galaxy is still gaining popularity so these new handsets may also make their mark. Motorola haven't announced the price of either phone yet but while budget phones like the Defy may not be the most advanced technologically they can usually offer excellent value for money, so Motorola's latest releases could well become bestsellers over time.'