Motorola Aura Review: Design, Features, UI and Performance
8 August 2011
Summary: The Motorola Aura has been beautifully designed. It has a unique, circular shaped screen, made of a 62-carat sapphire crystal lens. The phone has unusual looks, and an unusual price tag of $1089.99. Find out more about this phone in this Motorola Aura review.
Excerpt: Motorola has been through a lot of hardships and its current condition, while still critical, isn't the worst they've been in. At any rate, it hasn't affected their ability to create out-of-this-world phones.
Excerpt: While it pains me to see, what could be a totally frivolous use of money on a device like a mobile phone in times of recession, I can’t help but feel a little completely and utterly envious of anyone who happens to own a handset as gorgeous as the Motorola Aura.
Excerpt: The world of the fashion phone is a strange one. Handsets such as Nokia’s 8800 Gold Arte have mid-range specifications but cost three times as much as a pre-pay iPhone, while you can have a Vertu mobile or a mortgage deposit, but not both.
Are you looking for a mobile phone that’s crafted from stainless steel, features Swiss-made bearings and costs more than $3K? Probably not, but this doesn’t make Motorola's AURA any less cool
Good Gear Guide.au
22 September 2009
Summary: Motorola's AURA is a superb piece of industrial design. Unfortunately, it lacks even the most basic features, such as 3G connectivity. We love the circular display and the stainless-steel body. However, at the end of the day, if you pay over $3000 for this phone, you probably need help.
Pros: Superb design and craftsmanship, circular display with crisp and vivid colour, swivelling slider, 2GB internal memory
Cons: Lacks some basic features, poor keypad, slow UI, no 3G (or Wi-Fi or GPS or 3.5mm headphone jack), circular display
Conclusion: So what do you really get? Well there is the 1.55-inch diameter circular screen, GSM/EDGE/GPRS connectivity, a 2-megapixel camera, 2GB of built-in memory and the usual array of calendar, messages, email and the such like plus a wooden box so you can see where your money has gone.
Pros: Design nuts will love it, oozes quality, incredibly well made
Cons: No 3G, camera impossible to use, fiddly keypad layout, style over substance