Motorola Aura review
|Review: April 2009|
In a nutshell: Rarely has a mobile phone manufacturer made such an error of timing. Releasing a £1,300 phone in the middle of a global recession - duh.
Motorola have been trumpeting the Aura for months, but when we learned the price we nearly fell off our chair. We freely admit that we haven't seen the Aura in the flesh, so this "review" is just informed speculation, but to be honest we don't expect anyone to actually buy this thing anyway.
Featurewise, there's nothing special about the Aura. It has a very basic camera, an MP3 player and basic connectivity (Bluetooth & USB). With a small circular display, you can't do much with this phone other than make calls and pose.
The big thing about the Aura is that it's made from metal (solid lead, judging by the weight) and it rotates open when you flip the cover. Anyone who remembers the rotating Motorola V80 will know that it had the same design (without the price tag) and was a contender for the world's most unreliable phone of all time. For the sake of the few people who do buy the Aura, let's hope that this one lasts a bit longer.
Motorola Aura features include:
- 2 megapixel camera
- Video camera
- Display: circular, 480 pixel diameter
- Music player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ formats)
- MP3 ringtones
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email
- Internet: GPRS, EDGE
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0
- Memory: 2GB
- Size: 98x 48 x 19 mm
- Weight: 141g
- Talktime: up to 7.3 hours
- Battery standby: up to 400 hours
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Average rating from 53 reviews:
Reviewed by kash from pakistan on 29th Nov 2011
aslamoalykm . . .its beautiful set vry lovely and diffrent loking . . .i like ths mobile. Islamabad
Reviewed by Mahatheer from India on 19th Sep 2011
So expensive, nothing is there.. Better go to some other product.
Reviewed by sameer from india on 6th May 2011
for all those who criticise this phone,let me tell you one thing,this phone is not for kids,its a luxury phone for people like me who dont care about the features but the standers,the level of this phone is way out of your league....the materials used to make this phone are wroth the price..even if i sell the battery cover of this phone i can get myself a pathetic iphone 4..lol
Reviewed by ben from UK on 18th Mar 2011
"£1,300" this is a joke right???
Reviewed by charlie from uk on 20th Feb 2011
stupid design.. no features.. no 3G support.. why should i pay £1000? i would buy HTC or iphone
Reviewed by Richard from UK on 27th Jan 2011
Had my Aura for almost 2 years and still love it. The best and certainly the most beautiful @phone I have ever had. Love it. Don't listen to the kids.
Reviewed by alan from wales on 15th Jan 2011
motorola FAIL :((((((
Reviewed by alan from scotland on 14th Aug 2010
how could motorola think up such a horrible looking phone and with a price that no one can afford. its absolutely pathetic. thumbs down motorola someone at your company needs a wee good talking to!
Reviewed by phoneNET from US on 13th Aug 2010
Motorola are the under performers when it comes to the mobile market. They try to be different with their silly design but do not understand their market or the compitition. Motorola need to go back to the drawing board and come up with similar designs, likes of Nokia, Samsungs and Sony Erricson etc.
Reviewed by wwoooo from earth:) on 13th Aug 2010
After around five months of use a small dust particle has occured on mine under the screen. at first i thought it was scratches... but its only visible when the screen is turned off and looks like small points. sick of it now.. getting the new iphone soon..
Reviewed by kat from uk on 8th Aug 2010
One word. Ugly. It's been getting terrible reviews from all over. On the design front, not everyone thinks it looks stunning, in fact most people who have spoken of it think its ugly. It has virtually zero features compared to other phones available in the market today, So the big question is this: What were they thinking? "Lets make the Aura a shiny piece of stainless steel and give it a hefty price tag of $2000 so people will buy it in this credit crunch."
Reviewed by MR T from ireland on 26th Jul 2010
i wouldn't want this even if it was free
Reviewed by james from uk on 26th Jul 2010
Seems more of a concept phone to me, donít know why its priced at over 1k? To sum it. Its ugly, expensive and has no features, WELL DONE MOTOROLA FOR MAKING THIS YEARS WORST PHONE.
Reviewed by seb from uk on 21st Jul 2010
you would have to be high or drunk and have alot of cash in u r poket to by this!
Reviewed by tom from space on 13th Apr 2010
my ones smashed, the F!"£$%%^^&( screens gone AAAAAAAAA HELP so upsent, it cost 1700 it did dam motorola HOPE THEY DO BUST o this phone is now history
Reviewed by 12345 from uk on 10th Apr 2010
bad phone dont buy 1300 drr!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by ER from london B on 7th Apr 2010
my mate has this phone hes a bit of a to u nut motorola(?? he got it 700pound, great bhe says, i say rub cam*/8look rub/dont buy
Reviewed by p]phone review from uk on 7th Apr
such a bad phone no one will buy it......
Reviewed by zzzzzz from uk on 6th Apr 2010
phones r for entrtainmnt n calls...cmpare wid iphone..which z better????? i dnt kno y it has such a....killing price!!!
Reviewed by ££££ from uk on 5th Apr 2010
>>>>>>>JUNK!!! WHO WOULD BY IT.BAD MOTOROLA.BAD PHONES.POOR SPEC.NOTE TO OFFER.OVER PRICED.I RATE PHONE -1300%.DONT BUY IF U HAVE OR YOUR MAD<<<<<<<
Reviewed by NICK from england on 4th Apr 2010
To be fair the phones ok, but not for the pocket, £1,300, ooooo u could buy a ďdecentĒ car for that
Reviewed by sam from uk on 3rd Apr 2010
I think Motorola have tried and indeed failed at trying to copy the nokia sirocco, arte and luna, these phones are exclusive from Nokia, I believe these nokias are also much cheeper then the Motorola aura starting at around £300 (my friend has the arte) which this cost him £430, which even thats ALOT!!! for a phone these days, motorola dont seem the sort of phone company to bring out a phone as exclusive and as pricey as this, did they think they could win back razr fans with this peace of rubbish, no way, you would have to be mad to buy this, it looks ugly it has no spec and look at the price, Motorola, one of the biggest companys in the world and brings this out, I say if you want a exclusive phone buy one of the Nokia that I talked about above, NOKIA ARE KILLING MOTOROLA GO NOKIA!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by kevin from uk on 1st Apr 2010
why Motorola, just why, they have gone down da drain over da years and this shows that, LOL
Reviewed by hazz from uk on 1st Apr 2010
wouldn't dream of buy one, 1300 pounds no way, look at the spec 4 a start, don't even deserve 1 star in my view
Reviewed by max from england on 31st Mar 2010
like a the v80, looks better but with no features how could motorola make such a bad phone, im just sick of motorola, grrrrrrrrrr
Reviewed by mark from uk on 28th Mar 2010
OK lets begin, Motorola are currently in the mist of a bankruptcy do to the 2008/2010 recession, after the v3 was released there sales have dropped, Motorola are big on style but not on features (as the phone above clearly shows this LOL), I don't personally own one, but I have had both the razr phones, which I would rate as outstanding phones, it looks like Motorola here haven't looked at features and just at style, like the razr phones, but the razr phones are very OLD now well outdated, Motorola have to get there act together and start thinking and take a lead possibly out of apples book and just look how well the iphone has sold, otherwise I carnt see Motorola getting back to the top where they should be, sorry Motorola but you have made a real mistake hear, JUST SORT IT OUT!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by tony from england on 14th Dec 2009
why the two stars and not 1? the phone is poor by specs
Reviewed by Clear Cut Chap from UK on 10th Oct
It is unbelievable how a huge company like Motorola could have produced such a ridiculous product, so ill-timed in the market too! What will bring them back into the Mobile market after this?!..a miracle was what the Aura was supposed to be, now what?! If there were negative stars/rating possible it would be appropriate to award it so, but for lack it, here's one star for their efforts.
Reviewed by Maxim from UK on 2nd Oct 2009
Motorola does not fit the picture of the luxurious mobile phone maker. Every recent attempt to bring up something technologically sophisticated comes in a form of functional but ugly to boot phone. Once in a while they try to reanimate 6-years old design using better materials and pushing the price to the level of insanity. Very stupid move made by the professionals and offered to a public. Overall Aura nothing but expensive example of a chain of failures of Motorola in both design, innovation, marketing fields.
Reviewed by Daniel Terci from Romania on 30th
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 photos. After 8 months of usage it looks like this http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/2513/p9281143.jpg http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/347/p9281144.jpg http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/4845/p9281145.jpg http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/8397/p9281147.jpg 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. The Motorola Customer Service's answer regarding the problem I had was that the warranty doesn't cover it - even if it behaved as a 20$ handset.
Reviewed by Derek from Canada on 19th Sep 2009
I own an Aura.. and it is awesome. .every time I pull out the phone everyone stares at it. . the quality is simply awesome. It is sort of like buying a Rolex watch.
Reviewed by Eddie from UK on 30th Aug 2009
Truly the worst phone I have ever owned. Look at all the advertisements for the phone and none of them will mention that a good portion of this phone is made from plastic the bottom third of the phone looks like metal but its plastic the keyboard surround is also plastic. The phone supposedly has over 200 parts to open the lid if this is true why put a window in just to display 3 of them. The software is really bad, its typical Motorola buggy slow and awful. The keyboard is all but unusable I had to take it off predictive text just to keep my sanity and go back to stabbing in the texts one letter at a time The final straw came when I took my kid to a play centre, I tried to make a call but no signal but the guy next to me was talking away on of all things a Nokia 3310 after he finished I asked him what network he was on and it was Vodafone same as me. So a phone which is now a museum piece had far better reception than this piece of rubbish The camera is only 2MP but it is really good, and the screen is gorgeous but the rest of it is very poor
Reviewed by beakersonlessness1 from far away on
18th Aug 2009
A 20 pound phone is better than this!
Reviewed by zak from uk on 18th Aug 2009
Dont own one, and at that price never will
Reviewed by clatters from england on 14th Aug
if you walked through any town with this phone you get stabbed and would be one very expensive phone down.pointless.
Reviewed by Bob from England on 9th Aug 2009
No one would buy it and its hidious
Reviewed by Fred from England on 28th Jul 2009
WASTE OF TIME, SPACE, MONEY AND MAKES REPUTATION OF MOTOROLA EVEN WORSER!!!!!
Reviewed by liam from england on 4th Jul 2009
What the heck!!!! it looks horrid and at that price I would no buy it if it was the last phone on the face of the earth.
Reviewed by Ravi from India on 1st Jul 2009
Very stylish but a heavy price tag and no extra ordinary feature worthless to buy.
Reviewed by Georgia from Wales on 21st Jun 2009
this phone is extremely expensive, though you could get the same features from a cheaper phone. its very unique, but i wouldn't reccomend it.
Reviewed by no one from ay ay ay on 8th Jun 2009
ugly exspensive bad camera man this is bad
Reviewed by Tom NCAFC from Wales, UK on 5th Jun
A distinctly average phone with a hefty price tag. The only difference being its stylish and fairly original look and feel. However you would be much better off getting a V635 for alot cheaper! It looks good, feels good and has great features and costs very little whilst the Aura is a fine example of the decline of quality coming from Motorola.
Reviewed by Vikram from India on 5th Jun 2009
I cant beleive that some reviewers gave this phone 5 stars. They must be brand ambassadors of motorola. Disgusting phone. You can buy tomato instead.
Reviewed by Henry from UK on 16th May 2009
ITS A RUBBISH PHONE WHAT WAS MOTOROLA THINKING!
Reviewed by Jack from UK on 11th May 2009
This phone looks very cool, however its very impractical, with a small screen, 2mp camera, etc. The phones design is good and stylish, but for the phone, I heard it cost $20,000; which for this phone, it a very bad price tag, even if its stainless steel.
Reviewed by Katie from Uk on 8th May 2009
Really people? "It's the coolest phone ever" or "it's well good and stylish" - listen to yourselves please! The reviewer is completely right about this handset, it's over priced and under spec'd. A mobile phone may need to look good but it also needs to be value for money, reliable and have up to date technology in it! If Moto hade released this 3 years ago it prolly would of done ok but it's out dated, over priced and it was a very bad decsion of theirs to release such a handset within a massive global recession. Though, I suspect by the time it go to production standard, they were so far into hock from creating it that they had to go to production or loose all their investment costs. I think this is a very sad reflection of how far Moto have fallen and how they have totally lost their way over the past 4 years. Poor old Moto, I fear things will not work out well for you as far as the Aura is concerned. :-(
Reviewed by cool from uk on 4th May 2009
a very cool mobile phone
Reviewed by kev from good old england on 1st May
a very cool phone that will stand out, also very good looks i could go on and on THIS IS SUCH A GOOD PHONE
Reviewed by steve from uk on 30th Apr 2009
Motorola have made some drastic improvements to there phones over the years and I think that this is there best yet, itís a small, but good looking phone that will hit the mobile markets big time. It has a very good specification and a cool feel to it (yet again outstanding looks) I would be very happy to buy this phone EVEN AT THE HIGH PRICE costing round £250 at the moment.
Reviewed by greg from uk on 28th Apr 2009
a outstanding phone that looks WOW!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by razza from somewhere on 28th Apr 2009
now motorola id say have the most sexy and most spyish looking phones ever! ither beutyful cool or just sympal. peopal all over the world by motorolas because there so good looking. it has great features and amazing graphics untill... the phone itself. now these may be styalish but they break easaly. people say there slow and a bit of a waste of time. but i wouldnt always agree. this make of phone is probaly the mst expensive of all makes but i think its worth it. i have a couple they seem to be great so trust wot u think and remember that all phones are good in there own speicial way.
Reviewed by jay from uk on 4th Mar 2009
hi these phones are the best phone ever made for style you cant compare them to an ordinary phone its like comparing a casio watch to a gucci etc best buy i have made in a long time
Reviewed by Caria from UK on 18th Nov 2008