When Phones Were Fun: Motorola AURA (2008)
MrMobile [Michael Fisher]
A first-of-its-kind circular display. A stainless steel casing that took two weeks to etch. And a Swiss-inspired mechanism that means it opens just as smoothly in 2020 as it did twelve years ago. Motorola didn’t get much wrong with its first true luxury phone – unless you count launching it directly into the midst of a global economic recession. The year is 2008; the device is the Motorola AURA; and this is episode 2 of When Phones Were Fun!
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[ABOUT WHEN PHONES WERE FUN: MOTOROLA AURA R1 / CELESTIAL EDITION]
This is the second in a series of MrMobile episodes exploring the mobile tech world's most vibrant period in design and experimentation. In “When Phones Were Fun,” Michael Fisher re-reviews cellphones from the golden age of mobile, the decade-long span from the turn of the century to approximately 2009.
When Phones Were Fun: Episode 2 features the Motorola AURA. The review sample featured in this video is a Motorola AURA Celestial Edition on loan from Motorola, but the bulk of the coverage focuses on the “base level” R1. No company paid a fee or otherwise offered compensation in exchange for this coverage, nor did any company preview or approve this content before publication.
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