Jan 05 AT 2:30 PM Taylor Wimberly 26 Comments

Motorola introduces two new affordable Android phones with MotoSwitch UI


Earlier this week Samsung announced two new value Android phones and today Motorola is introducing two devices of their own that won’t break the bank. Today Motorola revealed the Motoluxe and Defy Mini would be coming to Greater China, Europe and Latin America this spring.

The Motorola Motoluxe is described as a “hip device” and features Android 2.3, 4 inch display, 8 MP rear camera, VGA front camera, and a 1400 mAh battery. Following the popular trend, Motorola will offer the Motoluxe in licorice or white.

Next we have the Defy Mini, which Motorola has branded as “life proof”. This tough little phone is dustproof, water-resistant, and features Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. Other highlights of the device include Android 2.3, 3.2 inch display, 3 MP rear camera with flash, VGA front camera, and 1650 mAh battery.

Both phones will feature Motorola’s MotoSwitch user interface, which I guess is the new name for the now¬†defunct¬†MotoBlur. MotoSwitch is focused on a user’s social graph. The more frequently a user communicates with someone, the bigger their icon becomes on the homescreen widget.

Once again, neither of these devices might appeal to our hardcore audience, but they could perform well in the prepaid market. Motorola will have the pair of devices on display at CES next week, so check back for some hands-on time.

Source: Motorola

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  • Bryan Stoner

    The mini sounds perfect for a little rascal.

    • mac08wrx

      i agree my kid would love this phone. Its a good

  • oddball

    How much longer do we have to deal with Moto(don’t call me blur)bloat? I can see a segment of the market that this will appeal to but I really don’t see a need for a widget that makes a picture of my wife and kids bigger on my screen to show that I spend more time on the phone with her

    • stenzor

      Probably never, unless Google decides to intervene, which so far they said they won’t do

  • scores87

    They seem great for the low end market,

    • zerosix

      The motoluxe is just fantastic. It’s great, it’s sexy, it’s awesome.
      And it has a great lockscreen with 6 buttons.
      Yep, and the ad is really cool.

  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    These seem like really cool phones for budget phones. The only thing that gets me is the camera. 3MP? At least make them 5. My old feature phone has a 3MP camera

    • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

      I was thinking that. 5MP should be the low end on all phones released in the current decade.

      • TJ Mir

        Look at the Galaxy nexus eh? :P

      • http://varemenos.com/ Varemenos

        cause the amount of megalpixels matter so much in a camera…

  • PacoBell

    Darn, I saw “MotoSwitch” and hoped for a second that actually meant they would allow you to switch from their skin to stock. How naive…anyway, carry on, Moto.

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    Gotta love that Gorilla glass! Also, I think that dust proof should be included in phone specs on reviews from now on.

    3G – Yes
    GPS – Yes
    Camera – Yes
    Dust proof – No

    PASS! I need my dust proofness.

  • Alan Reboli

    Seriously, stop with the moto skins. They are all terrible. They will forever continue to be terrible.

  • moelsen8

    MotoSwitch? how about MotoTurd

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    Why couldn’t OEM just release the last year’s flagship phone as this year’s budget phone? I still don’t understand why they kept making new budget phones that will never receive update after 6 months.

    • alexanderharri3

      They’d certainly save a lot on R&D for cheap phones – instead of releasing new underpowered low-spec phones they could transition EOL phones into a new stint as the free budget Android phone and clear stock out quite quickly.

  • http://varemenos.com/ Varemenos

    Why would i buy this and not a Nexus S or a galaxy S?

    • lokidokie

      If you’re not a power user, I presume it’d be cheaper.
      If you are a power user… don’t!

  • lokidokie

    A phone for my wife. I just have to ‘accidentally’ break that pesky iPhone of hers.
    A 2 foot drop should do (being an iPhone 4 and all!)

  • droilfade

    My future kid is getting one of these…..Only if they are supported by the CM team though :)

  • Prime

    They are ok i guess! Good for kids though! :-)

  • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

    A “hip device”? I’m not sure if they’re targeting it at the young kids (of the 70s) or the very very old

  • Tony

    I like how the Defy Mini is without signal.. seen that notification bar on my Bionic so many times :)

  • Chuck Mullen

    As a 2X time, 2X time, owner of MOTO’s with ANDROID I can openly say this, they are rugged. But the software, unless you can custom it, like with CM or something, stay away. Perfect example. The wife had the Milestone, and we waited forever for a REAL OS update from MOTO from 2.1 to 2.2 back in the day. It seriously took longer than the MILITARY operation in the MIDDLE EAST is taking. Anyway, the phone went from usable to nearly UNUSABLE thanks to the MOTO crap. CM tons of ROM MOTO under 65 or something? Get real. MOTO does horrible jobs with the software, HARDWARE isn’t that bad.

    I think if/when we invest in new devices we will go only for the best with the most likely shot of staying relevant and usable in the event of OS updates. Yes i know GOOD LUCK on that one.

  • Claw Digital Review

    For Android its the other way round (especially on ICS) – on tablets I find it mediocre but love it on phones. Have yet to see a flagship ICS tablet when my opinion might change. Claw Digital Review

  • Ahmed

    dont buy the xt, the cam quality is so cheap!!!! the sound isn’t too good either and the headphones look so normal ones. battery is kinda ok.