Inspecting gadgets

ACN rounds up the latest and greatest executive gadgets, from touch screen handsets to the latest in secure mobile storage devices.

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By  Imthishan Giado Published  January 18, 2009

ACN rounds up the latest and greatest executive gadgets, from touch screen handsets to the latest in secure mobile storage devices.

Motorola Aura

The firm that gave the world the StarTAC and the RAZR isn't out for the count yet. Motorola has unveiled the Aura, a high-end competitor to devices such as Nokia's Carbon Arte - and it's one seriously well-built phone.

The stainless steel body is hand polished, while the front cover alone takes two weeks to complete. The aluminium keys are individually made, rather than being cut from a single sheet of aluminium like earlier Moto phones. Take note of the unusual circular display; it's a 480 pixel LCD that's protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

The actual design of the phone isn't new to Motorola, who pioneered the ‘rotator' design with the V70 six years ago. One thing is also for sure - you won't be buying the Aura for the feature set, which is woefully lacking. No GPS, Wi-Fi, autofocus - the list is depressing reading for any tech-head.

But gadgets are not why anyone would buy a handset like the Aura. It's for the sheer decadent appeal of buying something so hopelessly over-engineered for the task of making simple telephone calls, much like buying a Swiss watch or a German luxo-mobile. In that regard, Motorola's certainly back in the game.

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