Motorola’s customizable Moto X smartphone can now be ordered with a wooden back panel. The option was originally shown in press photos when the handset launched during the summer but unfortunately, the attractive backs were pushed back.
A quick check of the Moto Maker website shows a wooden back option under the Natural category. The bamboo rear cover will set you back an extra $100 and is currently the only wooden choice available. That means prospective buyers will be looking at $199 for the 16GB model and $249 for the 32GB bamboo model, both with a two year service agreement. If you want the phone without a subsidy, expect to pay $599 and $649 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively.
Motorola initially showcased multiple wooden backs but eventually said they required more research before they could be offered to consumers. Specifically, Motorola’s engineers said wood’s signal propagation properties are different from traditional resin which meant more time was needed to figure out the equation.
The company promised to deliver them before the end of the year and well, I guess they made good on that promise. Rumors suggest three other wood options may eventually be offered but Motorola hasn’t confirmed anything as of writing.
Because the handsets are assembled in the US, the company is able to deliver custom phones within four days. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case with bamboo backs as the Moto Maker website reveals an eight day estimated delivery window.
The Moto X is the first Motorola smartphone to be assembled in the US and the first big release since Google took over the company. The Moto X is touting out of the box customization, choose one of 18 back colors and designs, colors of the phone buttons and the ring around the lens of the camera. The X is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2. It also features a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display and comes in 16GB or 32GB versions.
The Moto G is a low cost Android smartphone from Google-owned Motorola. It features a 4.5-inch, 720p (329 PPI) LCD TFT display, a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1.3-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel shooter on the back, a 2,070mAh battery and 8GB or 16GB of storage options. On the software side Moto G is launching with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the promise of an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade.
The Nexus 5 is a the latest flagship smartphone in the Google Nexus family. The Nexus 5 ships with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and features a 4.95-inch full HD IPS display covered in Gorilla Glass 3 that operates at 1,920 x 1,080 (445 PPI), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and 4G LTE connectivity.
The iPhone 5C replaces the iPhone 5 with nearly identical tech specs, a plastic-based exterior and 5 color choices, a first in the iPhone family. The 5C features the same 4" Retina display, A6 CPU, 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, a new front-facing FaceTime HD camera with better low light support, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a higher capacity battery and support for more LTE bands.
Downloads and Drivers
From the Forums
Subscribe to TechSpot
Receive a weekly update of our best features and tech news you don't want to miss: