2014-01-21 14_48_02-Moto Maker by Motorola - A Google Company

Motorola announced new pricing for the long-delayed wood back option for the Moto X last week. The excitement of the $25 price point was tempered by the indeterminate release date of "coming soon." Well, it was pretty soon – the Moto X is now available with ebony, teak, walnut, or bamboo backs for just $25 extra.


The bamboo finish was first out of the gate a few weeks ago, but it was selling for $100. Customers who bought at that price have gotten $75 coupons for accessories, but now all the wood is $25. Motorola doesn't appear to be worried about supply of the new wood backs as the Moto Maker site lists 6 day delivery times for both regular and wood phones.

Keep in mind there is still a plastic frame around the wood back, so you'll probably want to match the front color to that if you pick up a wood Moto X.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Dominic Powell

    SO @ryanwhitman thinks the backs are "Handsome" and @artemrussakovski can't bear the site of them. At least we know AP aren't mindless drones all hellbent on the same conclusions.

  • Mike Harris

    Nothing says "state of the art" quite as well as wood paneling.

    • Dominic Powell
    • Scott

      It's all about the wood grain.

    • andrew__des_moines

      Perhaps a lava lamp app to complete the motif...

    • Gabernasher

      Yes, beer cans and plastic are soo much better. I couldn't agree more.

    • King Lo

      Well that's the appeal. Wood doesn't belong with electronics. So a wood back spits in the face of that.

  • TY

    I am eagerly waiting for the successor of Moto X. The Moto X didn't have a good start (only in US & Canada, Moto Maker only available for one carrier, no wood backs...), but in half a year they are quickly solving almost all of the problems. The next generation will have a great launch.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Not to the levels of the Samsung Galaxy series.

      I see the next Moto X selling around LG G2 sales at best.

      • tester56

        galaxy never had the same launch as its doing now.. It took then S1 and S2 to perfect it. with only 5 months Motorola has perfected a lot of it

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          ☛☛☛☛ ☛☛𐂜☛☛ ☛☛☛☛ ☛☛☛𐃎☛☛I got the Ebony back and it was listed as 3 days when I ordered! I should be getting it Friday.

    • Steve Williamson

      lol I dunno if "wood back" can be listed with its "problems" but still all things are looking good :)

  • Dan

    I just ordered one around 30 minutes ago. Earlier it did say 6 days, but when I ordered it says 3! I got the Ebony back and it was listed as 3 days when I ordered! I should be getting it Friday. :)

  • Badouken

    Man I kinda want a wood finish on my phone but not sure... by the time im eligible for an upgrade the Moto X2 will probably be out, hopefully Its amazing, if not no idea what phone ill get next.

  • Scott

    I'm within my 14 day return/exchange period and I don't know if i want wood!!!

    • cody

      I bet you want wood.

  • WoodntGrain

    I know I am in a huge minority here, but I really don't like these wood finish phones. Maybe it is just my age, but they give me flashbacks of the gaudy electronics from the 70s. Not to mention it goes against the current trend of minimalist functional design which I thing was a huge step forward.

    Or maybe I am just too old, and maybe you need to get off my lawn! :P

  • jeffrey beck

    With Motorola, Sony, and HTC all outclassing Samsung in terms of design language and build quality it will ve very surprising if they do not makes some major changes to the Galaxy S5. Death to thin creaky plastic in flagship phones!

  • ashpool

    Just received mine today, unfortunately it wooden work. Boom tish.

  • Scott Sawyer

    Just ordered teak. 6 days. Can't wait for my GNex upgrade! $474, $508 with tax. Great deal for those clinging to unlimited Verizon data.