In recent years, there's been a interesting marriage between technology and nature - at least where aesthetics are concerned. The popularity of wood being used in device design has skyrocketed with modern handsets, and bamboo has been the most sought-after of the bunch. The unfortunate part is that not every manufacturer has embraced this new design element, and the ones that have are jacking the price up for the use of natural materials.
But now, thanks to dbrand, there's a way to figuratively have your cake and eat it too - with the company's new bamboo skins for essentially all popular devices, you can give your handset the look and feel of bamboo right now. Read More
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.
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. Read More
Gah, what a long, long, lonnng road it has been. From the rumors of "touch sensitive wood" to the actual Moto X launch, MotoMaker, and everything in between, a lot has happened with Motorola this year. And since the X's availability, many users have been chomping at the bit for some of that au naturel action on their phone. I'm referring, of course, to the wooden backs that have long been teased. Well, they're finally here. Err, one is, at least.
The bamboo back is the first to make its appearance on MotoMaker, though it's not available just yet – it's sporting a "delayed shipping" tag; according to the Moto blog, it won't ship till January. Read More
The Moto X has been making headlines as of late for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the astoundingly versatile Motomaker. Motomaker lets you to customize your phone to a degree that we've never seen before, allowing for a staggering total of 504 unique color combinations. Don't gasp in amazement at that number just yet, though. It looks like Motorola is preparing Motomaker to include the wooden backs we saw last month at the phone's unveiling. A quick peek at the code of the Motomaker webpage reveals that, though hidden to the common viewer (perhaps part of the checkout process), wooden Moto X backs are waiting patiently to make their debut and, further, that they will cost an additional $50. Read More