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When Phones Were Fun: Motorola AURA (2008)

MrMobile [Michael Fisher]
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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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Nomad Kevlar charging cable – USB-C to Universal [Nomad]:
http://mrmobile.tech/1Rb

CKANDAY SIM adapter kit [Amazon]:
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When Phones Were Fun, Episode 1: The Matrix Phone (Reloaded), 2003 [MrMobile]:
https://youtu.be/u05gxIWYv8k

Motorola Launches $2000 Luxury Phone [Wired]:
https://www.wired.com/2008/10/motorola-goes-a/

Anticipated Cellular Carriers 2G/3G Sunset Dates [MultiTech - PDF Link]:
https://www.multitech.com/documents/publications/marketing-guides/MT_Anticipated_Sunset_Cellular_Carriers_PDF.pdf

Hands-On With The Runcible [Pocketnow]:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlo8jHHeP8Y


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