This week's poll is utterly, totally subjective in nature. Our question? What are your feelings about wood? Specifically, the wood that will soon be available for order on the back of your customized Moto X.



Motorola has introduced three options - ebony, teak, and walnut, alongside the existing bamboo, bringing the total number of plant-based backplate options up to four. Real wood comes at a cost of just $25 over the standard X, which seems downright reasonable, if I do say so myself.

bamboo ebony teak

Left to right: bamboo, ebony, teak.

Personally, I'm definitely a walnut sort of guy. I think with the black banding and orange highlights, this phone looks like it needs to get back to the 1970s stat, and I mean that in the best possible way. Some people, though, (cough, Artem, cough) think the new wood options are a horrible monstrosity unfit for human eyes to behold, let alone hands to touch. And hey, when it comes to aesthetics, to each their own.

It's apparently quite a polarizing issue, one that, you might say, really goes against the grain for some people. What do you think - do you have a favorite, or is this whole thing a stain too far?

Wood backs on the Moto X - which is your favorite / do you just kind of hate them?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    bamboo looks the best, it just suits perfectly with the design

  • realitysconcierge

    I wonder how these backs affect the integrity of the phone? Like would it be more or less pliant? Better shock absorption? The danger of water being soaked up? I realize they probably coat it with something waterproof, but that could always wear away.

    • Hothfox

      Droid Life asked, and Moto basically said it's not REALLY walnut/teak/ebony, it's a "finish". So the integrity will really depend on what base wood they've used for those backs. I think bamboo really is bamboo.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        Yeah, I imagine using real teak / ebony would be pretty hard - they have a tendency to split and splinter because of their pronounced grain. Boring holes for the speaker into the walnut would be almost impossible, I bet.

        The base wood is probably poplar or some kind of particle board.

        • mustbepbs

          You really know your wood.

          • Clifton K. Morris

            I suppose it could be worse. Motorola could have suggested a lighter wood so Apple could shut up about being the lightest or other superlatives Apple commonly uses in marketing.

            Perhpas Motorola should try balsa. ..

          • http://flavors.me/kioshi kioshi

            That's what she said.

    • Paul Tobeck

      I would assume the wood is resin-impregnated for durability and water-resistance. It would also make the wood easier to manufacture.

  • Hothfox

    I was all about the wood backs when the Moto X was first released. Then the AT&T Motomaker exclusivity was announced. Then we found out the wood backs weren't coming until much later. Then they were $600 off contract, and still $600 off contract when Motomaker for Verizon came out. Then the wood was an extra $100. I mean, COME ON. Way to fudge up the launch and the extra customization.

    I only have a Verizon Motomaker one now because of the $350 holiday promo.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    I like my bamboo how I like my pandas:
    On the back of my phone.

    .. No, that's just sad. I can never do that to pandas :(

    • Oobiewan

      Sad indeed, but humour has no limits, and this was a nice joke

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

        Now that I mentioned it,
        How awesome would it be to have a (fake..) Panda skin on the back of your phone? :D

        • bondx99

          U pushed it :P

          • Cynthia A. Barnett


            ☑☑☑☑ ☑☑☑☑ ☑☑☑☑☑ ☑☑☑The base wood is probably poplar or some kind of particle board.

        • Oobiewan

          No one would buy that :/ And it would also look lame. So I see where you're goind with this but plsmake up something more funny or unique

        • http://webweenie.blogspot.ca/ Stephen A.

          Meh, go for the Jersey Cow black & white look - more politically correct. ;)

        • Rainier

          i prefer a real Panda skin on the back of my phone

  • Demi Lovato

    These would probably be more durable then my terrible dent-magnet aluminum HTC One.

    • sweenish

      It's funny that people won't catch on that aluminum is cheap metal. Aero-grade aluminum isn't, but I guarantee Apple and HTC and whoever else isn't using that.

      Those phones are basically pop cans. And pop cans dent easily. MS goes with magnesium (for the Surface), a much better material, and nobody cares. Yay internet and uninformed tech journalists for keeping that whole thing going.

      • Anders CT

        Die cast magnesium is significantly cheaper than aluminium.

        Besides, the aluminium alloy that is often used in soda-cans is commonly also used in aircraft structures. Alloy 6061 because it can be hot-forged extruded and easily welded.

        • Robb Nunya

          Magnesium also has the advantage of burning the whole phone in case the NSA raids... :D

        • sweenish

          To just say that 6061 is used in aircraft structure is disingenuous, and not true in my experience. I have yet to see any structure made of 6061 (or any 6XXX aluminum for that matter), and it wouldn't just be 6061 anyway. It would be 6061 T-XX per AMS-XXXX, and those addendums make a huge difference.

          What makes aero-grade aluminum expensive is the fact that it's a tightly controlled process from initial alloying/heat treat all the way through delivery and manufacturing. I seriously doubt pop can and foil aluminum is treated and tested so rigorously.

          The Surface also isn't die cast. MS coined VaporMg for a reason. The magnesium is vapor deposited.

          But to the point, I wrap cold pizza in aluminum. People shouldn't act shocked that it dents.

      • vik

        Way to go

  • Cuvis

    I love the wood backs, and the new price for them is much more reasonable. Next time I'm in the market, I'll have to give the X or its successor a look.

  • Hugh Johnson

    These are so tacky and hideous. But to each their own.

    • Sean Royce

      How are they tacky? If anything the colourful options are way more tacky.

    • Hothfox

      I think Moto was trying to compete with the iPhone here, aiming for their demographic - "hipsters" and business users. There are several nice, neutral color choices available (black, white, cement, chalk, olive perhaps) that are subtle for the conservative business folks, and a lot of loud colors and now the wood backs that are great for hipsters/teenagers/young adults.

      I went with the business-y colors (white front/cement back/black accents) because I was just so sick of all black handsets.

      There are plenty of options available, and everyone's going to think at least one of them is tacky.

  • IronPlumber

    I voted for walnut but I gotta have a case. One of the case manufacturers need to get something going on (partial) wood cases.

    • IronPlumber

      While we're at it let's go all natural. Can I get an aftermarket wood case that includes an attached potato for charging?

  • hot_spare

    Overrated phone, as in like Nexus. Found to be only used by fanboys and geeks.

    • kilowiko

      You should swallow the cum in your mouth before typing. Makes you sound like a h0mo.

  • Jadephyre

    IF I could get these, I would probably go for ebony, i'm a sucker for dark wood.

    • Gabernasher

      That's what she said.

      • Gabernasher

        Except replace for with of. The second one that is.

  • supremekizzle

    There's a reason no one drives the wood paneled station wagons anymore... U. G. L. Y. These phone got no alibi. They ugly. They they ugly.

    • http://www.rebelwithoutaclue.com/ Rebel without a Clue

      There is a reason rolls royce, bentley, jaguar uses wood for their interiors....

      • Brian

        I do. Wood is nice for furniture, not technical products. It screams style over substance. And it screams old man's car. Give me me an a McLaren mp4-12c any day of the week

        Every time someone spends money on a wood back for a phone it validates aesthetics over functional technological progress. You validate Motorola spending money developing wood backs instead of a more functional phone in terms of speed, usability, reliability, battery life, radio reception, etc.. ,

        • http://www.rebelwithoutaclue.com/ Rebel without a Clue

          There is nothing wrong with style over substance. Without style, the McLaren would be a lot uglier too. But what about iphone's use of alu? Unneeded style as well?
          It's about people wanting to make mass products a little bit more personal.

  • DiamondAvatar

    I have a DBrand wooden sticker on the back of my Nexus 5.

    • David Kokel

      Yeah, and on the front and the frame! Looks nice with a Mahogany wallpaper.

  • jamaall

    Funny how I actually made the same exact phone as David did. Black front, walnut, and orange accent. Black front because that's just a preference. The walnut back because I like my phone darker color, but ebony is so dark that it's not as noticeable. And orange because.. well I like orange.

  • CaibreGreyblade

    as Note user I am officially jealous.

  • Joshua Hill

    Love them, and $25 is a very reasonable price. Now all I'm waiting for is Moto to release the X in Australia without the Australia tax. Yes, I know I'm dreaming.

    • tocsin

      The nexus devices don't have the aus tax just gst so im sure moto could do it, maybe with the next gen moto x.

  • HolyFreakingCrap

    I hope they do the same for the Moto X.

  • Nick V

    Should have had a "one of each". I love them all

  • black

    What is this wood nonsense? I want cement.

    • Robb Nunya

      Stained cement would be decent.

  • NightmareNyan

    Why you'd want a wooden-looking phone is beyond me.

  • o2mpx

    Received bamboo but workmanship is poor. The Motorola logo is off center on the back. The screen was installed at an angle so left is higher than right. Exchanging for regular back version.

  • Om nom nom nom

    If the next Nexus has this option, I would pay extra for it.

  • Mickey

    Wish I waited longer, instead I ended up getting a plain black one :(

  • Robb Nunya

    I like the ebony & walnut best.

  • Matthew Fry

    Will this allow me to light my phone on fire?

  • Truffol

    Wooden cases are nice... Apple upgraded the whole industry to aluminum and now companies are looking into wood and leather. The right direction in my opinion.