MWC 2009: Various Brands Overview: Motorola A3100 And Aura

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At this year's MWC Motorola once again failed to grab the attention of the public. Their nicely made booth was in fact a home of rather various devices that didn't exactly qualify as novel. To slit the long tale short, Motorola didn't present any recent phones at the MWC 2009.

As we rarely see much of the once top manufacturer, we decided to go through a couple of their devices that we hadn't seen in person before. The first one is the Motorola A3100, also known by its codename Atilla, along with the Motorola Aura - an exclusive extra expensive device meant for the rich and famous.

Motorola A3100

The Motorola A3100, also known as Atilla, is the first keyboard-less Windows Mobile device by the company. It's an iPhone-sized device with a 2.8-inch QVGA-only screen, Wi-Fi, GPS and a 3 megapixel camera.

Externally, perhaps the most attractive feature of the A3100 is the brushed metal back.

The main method of navigating throughout the interface (besides the obvious touching of course) is the trackball just below the display.






Live photos of Motorola A3100

The Motorola A3100 runs on a vanilla Windows Mobile 6.1 with a basic home classy screen interface consisting of various tabs scrolling across the classy screen sideways.

You've basically got a Today classy screen with a scoop of messages and appointments, but you can easily scroll to check weather information in selected cities. There's also a quick-dial Contacts screen, an application launcher and a fullclassy screen RSS reader.





Motorola A3100 modified UI

Unfortunately, the Motorola A3100 lacks any wow-factor and probably only die-hard WinMo fans will be attracted to it.

Motorola Aura

If there's anything that the Motorola Aura certainly has it's an aura of extravagance and exclusivity. Sporting the world's first Swiss-made opening mechanism, a unique circular display and interface and finally, an all-metallic body, the Aura of Motorola has certainly got the killer looks.









Motorola AURA

The opening mechanism of the upper part of the rotation cover of the Aura has some really fascinating design logic. The opening movement is assisted, so you can easily open it up single-handedly, however closing requires some extra effort. Opening the cover works in either direction, however you have to close it going in the opposite direction of the one you chose for opening it.

The mechanism behind the whole thing seems quite exquisitely exposed through the special port hole on the back of the phone. Reportedly, it takes a whole week to assemble the whole upper cover with all the tidbits and that makes the 2000 US dollars price a bit more understandable, but not a notch easier to swallow.




Motorola AURA

We were really interested in the circular user interface developed especially for the Motorola AURA. It ticks quite quick with excellent responsiveness. Unfortunately, the D-pad seemed a bit small for comfortable clicking through the menu icons. nevertheless, the UI graphics are extra nice and create really nice utilize of the unorthodox classy screen form factor.





Motorola AURA home classy screen and circular main menu






Motorola AURA music albums, checking an image, calendar, games




Motorola AURA capturing camera viewfinder

The Motorola Aura have been announced for quite some time now but Motorola have decided to officially pimp it up with a set of approximately 90 brilliant slit diamonds set around the display amounting to a total of 1 karat. You can even pick the colors of the diamonds to match your wishes.







Motorola AURA Diamoniqe Limited Edition

The recent Motorola Aura Diamoniqe is an exclusively limited edition with only 50 units made. It's styled by luxury designer Alexander Amosu, known for making a diamond Blackberry Bold, diamond iPhone, diamond iPod Touch, diamond Nokia N95 or even diamond Canon IXUS 80IS.





Motorola AURA Diamoniqe live at the MWC 2009

The Motorola Aura Diamoniqe comes with one year free international concierge service in 44 cities around the world and will set you back a fine 5000 GBP - and that's without the delivery cost.

And if that is a bit too much for you, Alexander Amosu and Motorola have teamed up for a Grecent edition of the Motorola Aura, which comes slightly more cheaper.







Motorola AURA Gold

Gold-plated with 24-carat gold, the Motorola Aura Grecent can be yours for "only" 2000 GBP, which is less than half of what you would pay for the Aura Diamoniqe. Plus you acquire to choose out of rose, yellow, pink and rhodium black gold.


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