10 weird and unusual Motorola phone designs

10 weird and unusual Motorola phone designs
Like Samsung and Nokia, Motorola had its fair share of weird phone designs over the years. The company was the world’s first to launch a commercial mobile phone (way back in 1984), and had plenty of time to come up with unusual ideas for its handsets.

Of course, today Motorola isn’t what it used to be. Its Mobility division (which separated from Motorola Solutions in 2011) was acquired by Google in 2012, and is now in the process of being bought by Lenovo - which certainly has the needed resources not just to keep the Moto flame burning, but also to allow the company to fight with the major smartphone makers out there.

Anyway, talking about Motorola’s future is something we should do another time. Right now, we’ll just present you older Motorola phones that have weird or unusual designs. You can let us know in the comments if you owned any of them, or if you think there are other devices that should’ve made it to our list.

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34 Comments

1. Sauce unregistered

1-9 look better than that one plastic phone that everyone hates…..

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

lol you just need a reason to hate samsung, now tell me what other brand is doing as good as samsung is in the phone department? ......thought so

4. Sauce unregistered

Who said anything about Samsung? LOLOLOLOL

12. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

its the most implied thing possible, now name me one "other" plastic phone that people always comment on about its build quality

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

He baits. He could have been talking about 5C. At least that makes more sense to me. 8)

27. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

well the fact that he didn't reply tells me that he knows I'm right lol

29. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

What would have happen have he replied.... nothing.. that is why he did not reply...

30. steedsofwar unregistered

In fact, the Aura looks quite beautiful, even according to todays standards. Something to do with circle or disc like glass and metal.

5. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

That everyone hates? I don't hate plastic phones, i prefer plastic over aluminum phone. Plastic phone usually cheaper, lighter, better reception and i'm safe from being electrocuted.

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You hate plastic as well as I do, but I love Galaxy phones as well as the ip5.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Wow you're becoming really sad dude.

11. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Totally worth it! sauce. In other news, john barrowman/ Malcolm Merlyn will be a series regular for arrow season 3.

15. Sauce unregistered

He's such a great actor. Their whole cast has been well put together and are all very talented. Especially that beautiful and sexy Felicity Smoke, or should I say Felicity Smokin'Hot

24. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

That Everyone Loves, iFeaturePhone Fan.

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Sliding, flipping, and twisting is part of James bond....007 classics. Still can't beat this handsets.

22. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

When I was real young, we all wanted Maxwel Smarts Shoe phone, his Sunbeam Tiger an his partner, agent 99.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Wow... I actually owned the V-Box. I have very fond memories of smashing the piece of crap with a cinder block.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yup, slow day at PA.

13. maherk

Posts: 6769; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It is Sunday, so I ll appreciate them trying to offer us something to read. On another note, imo the Aura is the best designed phone ever

17. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

I agree.. even for today standard that phone looks sooo "matrix" imo.. lol..

10. dtn_93

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

What about the Motorola Backflip? It was a flip phone with a keyboard on the reverse side, that means it had a camera module on the same side as a keyboard.

14. sks1969

Posts: 108; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

I had the Moto ming, awesome phone. I had a passion for linux in those days. Linux in those days was awesome. With the likes of Google screwing the open source philosophy, having a Linux phone is no longer cool. Linux on phones lost it cool after Jolla. waiting for it to release world wide. The Moto ming was one awesome design. Every module inside talks to another module over the PPP protocol sheer simplicity. :)

16. Nokia1100user

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

A friend who had the Flipout in high school earned the title of box-phone guy. And since it was a flashy orange color people would frown when he would take it out. also where i'm from at the time, the Milestone was actually one of the top ten favorite smartphones of all geeks. i always wanted one but was too young to get a phone.

18. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Number 8 is quite nice, rotating style phone. Number 9 is awesome, kinda like what the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is, a point and shoot merged with a phone. Nice Motorola, I would've expect so more crazy design but these I can cope with.

19. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

I had the V100 back in the day.

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Startacs were kind of unusual with dual battery option back in the day. Though they beat the heel out Moto 555 an the actual bricks they were replacing.

23. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

25. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I like these posts! Keep them coming, PA!

26. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The Ming series had a cousin in the US known as the Krave, which launched on Verizon. I thought the touchscreen/flip combo was very cool back in the day, even if the execution was...uneven. That was the year Motorola came out with its last basic phones that really had effort put into them, like the VU30, which was very similar to the jewel phone above, except the jewel part was limited to its button design while the rest was just a smooth oval. It wasn't long after that that Motorola launched full bore into the Cliq and the Droid instead.

28. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

The OG RAZR wasn't unusual when it first dropped? It sold like crazy, but I would put it on this list for sure. We had never seen anything like that at the time.

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