Motorola Aura Review: Design, Features, UI and Performance
8 August 2011
Excerpt: 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...
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. If I had the kind of money to actually buy this handset I’d buy the Tata Nano instead, then again if I did have the money for it I’d probably own a fleet of Nanos.
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. And the reason why we've brought this up, is that the focus of this write-up, the MOTOAURA, set to land on most markets later in 2008 is another off-the-wall offering in Motorola's portfolio.
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
5 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
Excerpt: Motorola has proved that it still has an eye for stunning design with this handset. The hardware of the phone is all very easy to get to grips with and, as features are limited, usability is definitely not too taxing.
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. You don't however get Wi-Fi, 3G, a microSD card slot or the ability to add apps to let you Twitter or check your eBay results (no checking the progress of the kidney you auctioned to buy the...
Pros: Design nuts will love it, oozes quality, incredibly well made
Cons: No 3G, camera impossible to use, fiddly keypad layout, style over substance
Excerpt: "Recession? What recession?" would appear to be Motorola's response to the credit crunch. How else to explain the company's lastest wheeze called the AURA – a style-led, low-spec handset costing over a grand?