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Motorola Aura - Motorola Aura

By Sandra Vogel

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5

There are other irritations, too. The main menu is very irritating to use. Items are laid out in a circle around the perimeter of the display - not unlike the numbers on a watch face.

You use the navi pad to bring menu items into the centre one-by-one. It is a bit tedious that you can only go clockwise or counter-clockwise with left and right presses on the navi pad, rather than being able to skip up and down or rotate the navi-pad under your finger. At least there are some shortcuts you can get at from the left softkey on the main screen.

There are no front buttons and minimal side buttons. You open the phone to take a call, close it to end a call. For everything else you need to open the phone and use the menus.

Motorola doesn't seem to have put the same amount of effort into the keyboard as into the outer casing and swivel mechanism, resulting in a problematic experience. Keys are flat, well differentiated and large, yet still I found the very smooth surface a little lacking in tactile feedback. Another irritation is the lack of a select feature for the navi button. Instead you have to tap a little 'OK' button to its left, which isn't very intuitive.

Specifications are limited, especially when you cast your mind back to the cost of this phone. This is a quad-band handset with no 3G, no Wi-Fi and no GPS.

The camera is a miserable 2.0 megapixel affair. It lacks flash, autofocus or a side button and, though it does have a self timer and multi-shot modes, there is noticeable shutter lag, which means you can't take photos of anything that moves.

Colour reproduction is not too hot with indoor shots fairly dark and outside the lens is poor at coping with variable lighting conditions.

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Will

April 17, 2009, 5:09 am

Hi,


I hate to be one of those guys, but the V70 and that toshiba had square displays inside a circular piece of glass (like the zen stone plus), so it might well be the first with a circular display.

lifethroughalens

April 17, 2009, 6:06 am

I should hate this phone. I know I should hate this phone. I should not even think about owning one. I should never look at this phone ever again, never read this article again, never contemplate, consider or muse over its sublime looks and lines...but...





I WANT ONE! (sorry, oh dear. Gets his coat and leaves)

GoldenGuy

April 17, 2009, 7:52 am

It's like the crew on the Titanic yelling, "Damn it people, we need more ice!"

Rok Krznar

April 17, 2009, 1:34 pm

I've got to say, the round screen strikes me as pretty remarkable. And as Will said, all past "round" displays were just masked rectangular screens...

Wilfried

April 17, 2009, 2:18 pm

Might be a crappy phone but it sure is stunning to look at. It also sure is for a very limited audience too considering the price tag, overall this is only a fashion statement.

ilovethemonkeyhead

April 17, 2009, 2:27 pm

for some reason i reckon the phone would be much more tempting if it were carved in brass,had a black and gold monochromatic display no camera, but a 32GB music player, real gauges that show battery life and signal strength. add a few well placed dents, a nice crack over the crystal covering the cogs, and give it an ancient rusting grinding sound to accompany the opening mechanism and this might just become the steampunk phone of the century.

stephenallred

April 17, 2009, 3:55 pm

Reminds me of the O Phone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Tarik Bos

April 17, 2009, 6:13 pm

like anyone is ever going to buy a freakin motorola for that price:P

eyepopper

April 18, 2009, 2:24 pm

I heard that David Beckham actually contacted and spoke to Scotty of Star Trek fame with this phone, so it's far more than a conventional handset/metallic piece of junk to wow the hoi polloi with.

swifty

June 11, 2009, 3:30 am

I have this phone and no i do not or have not conections with motorola before i begin. The reason why i got it i live in a v poor 3g/2g reception for any network this phone has 5 bars on reception what ever, because at the end of the day i want a phone. My blackberry storm or tocco ultra would not work. Things i love, build quality, fantastic, screen quality awsome,call quality amazing,camera is very good for only 2 mega things i do not like text is a bit fiddly, takes a bit of getting used to the moto menus. I got this phone at a very good price, and if you think some people are paying £600 for a htc pro 2 etc , i would have this moto any day, it is beautiful and you cannot discribe the quality of the screen . 9/10 off me

Daniel Terci

September 30, 2009, 7:11 pm

I liked and still like very much the handset. It has an unique design and exquisite choice of materials with one disappointing flaw - see the cons.


I will buy it again at the same sky rocketing price just to know that it doesn't behave as the one I already have.


After 8 months of usage it looks like this


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The Motorola Customer Service's answer regarding the problem I had was that the warranty doesn't cover it - even it behaved as a 20$ handset.

B.Rich

January 20, 2010, 7:41 pm

Iv got one, And I am not rich, I am at Uni, I work a 71 hr week at Manchester Airport/Cargo, Mummy and Daddy dont pay my way like some of these other bratts, I depended on myself ;) b

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