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Moto X With Bamboo: Everything You Need to Know

Now that the Moto X is available with a Bamboo back, we can imagine you have questions. Since this is the first phone that we can think of to feature wood, real wood, you are probably wondering what the phone will look like, how long it’ll take to arrive, if you can exchange your current Moto X for one, and most importantly, if other materials are on the way.

In short, the Moto X with Bamboo costs an additional $100 over regular MotoMaker made devices and more than likely will not arrive until January. The Bamboo is indeed real, so no two phones will be alike. There are other materials on the way, however, Motorola has nothing to announce at this time and made no mention of Rosewood, Ebony, and Teak, the other materials we were initially told about during the phone’s August launch.

To get the rest of your questions answered, we have included the official Moto X Bamboo FAQ below. 

How much is Moto X with Bamboo?

Ordering Moto X with Bamboo will add an additional $100 to the cost of the phone.

Is Moto X with Bamboo real?

Yes! Your Moto X with Bamboo is made of real bamboo, so no two devices will ever be the same—it’s truly a smartphone as unique as you are.

Are other unique materials available?

At this time we only offer Moto X with Bamboo. Please continue to check our website or look for updates on Twitter.

How can I purchase Moto X with Bamboo?

Moto X with Bamboo is available exclusively from Motorola at motomaker.com, but initial quantities are limited.

When will I get my Moto X with Bamboo?

Moto X with Bamboo will not ship until after the holiday season (January). Moto Maker will provide a shipping date estimate when you order.

Can I purchase Moto X with Bamboo using a Moto X card or Verizon redemption code?

Unfortunately, you can’t. Moto X with Bamboo is sold exclusively at www.motomaker.com

Can I exchange my current customized Moto X for one with a Bamboo back?

There’s no such thing as an “exchange” when you’re dealing with items this unique. If your phone falls within our 14 day return period (30 days in California), you can return it for a refund and re-purchase a Moto X with Bamboo.

I purchased a Moto X from Moto Maker using the a holiday promotion code. Can I switch it to a Moto X with Bamboo?

If your phone falls within our return period, you can return it for a refund of the original purchase price and re-purchase a Moto X with Bamboo. However, the Holiday discount you received will not apply.

Are you buying one?

  • 213ninja

    would anyone ever carry their phone like the person in the picture riding the bike????????

  • Todd Bettenhausen

    Bamboo Moto X: the phone who’s ass is grass!

  • Patrick Bateman

    I’m getting another x with the wood back… because I’m rich beaaatch….

  • Jones

    That just looks awesome. The X or X2 will be my next phone

  • I’ve always wanted my phone to look like a Grand Wagoneer. I think I’ll wait for teak or ebony.

  • Clark Griswold

    It’s the family truckster of cell phones. Now, I owe it to myself to tell you that if you’re taking the whole tribe cross-country, the MotoX Bamboo Edition… You think you hate it now, wait ’til you buy it.

  • cracknut

    Bamboo is not wood. It’s a member of the grass family.

  • crazed_z06

    100 dollar wood backs.. and people say Samsung is using gimmicks to sell phones? lulz

    • NexusMan

      I guess Apple’s glass backs were gimmicks too.

  • NyReynolds

    So no developer edition customization again. Does everyone h hate developer editions?

  • blix247

    Oh yes, yes I did.

  • KleenDroid

    Wood as the back of my phone is of no interest to me. Let alone pay more for.

  • Stephen D

    Overpriced and way too late in the phone’s life cycle.

    • NexusMan

      Way too late in the phone’s “sale” cycle.

  • trixnkix637

    I’m perfectly happy with my non wood Moto X. And the extra $100 I didn’t pay for it. A nice novelty for those who can afford it or are consumed with having something most others don’t.

  • Chris VanAnden

    I hope these backs make their way to ebay so I can try and swap one on

  • Morbid138

    I’ll give you my wood for half the price.

    • Patrick Bateman

      it’s probably half the size of the phone too.

  • D.B.Evans

    Too late into the life-cycle, and too much of an up-charge. Even if not for those issues – my bigger concerns are how does the material feel in the hand (which is dependent upon the type of wood finish used), is there any impact to signal strength (even a minor one), and how well does the finish on the wood hold up to daily wear.

    • NexusMan

      I’m sure it feels fantastic and works just as good as the plastic….that’s why they’ve taken so long to perfect it.

  • beng8686

    No thanks on a wood back. Its kind of a neat idea, but not an extra 100 bucks neat.

  • SmokeNMirrors

    This is also $100 worth of bamboo.

    • NexusMan

      Really? I think that costs more.

      • michael arazan

        Bamboo is the cheapest of all woods, it cracks and splits easily after being split open and dries. Teak is the best option, it is naturally waterproof and very durable. It’s a joke that they would charge $100 for bamboo.

      • SmokeNMirrors

        Well, it’s ~$100, $105.99 on Amazon. Look for Bamboo Trolley Cart. The point remains.

        • NexusMan

          Saw it. You gotta admit, THAT’s a good price! (The cart). LOL. But also, the cart didn’t have to be tweaked and tested to work with cell radios, withstand the elements, feel great in hand, and marketed.

          • SmokeNMirrors

            Lol, yeah. I was tempted to buy that fricken cart! I don’t know how much tweaking has to be done to bamboo/woods for cell radio signals to penetrate… They aren’t very dense materials so I don’t expect much R&D there and certainly no more than with the plastics they use. As for marketing – all I’ve seen is a website update and a few tweets. So we’re up to about $11 now!

  • Scott

    for what it’s worth – I received a promo code as part of the Cyber monday debacle. My Moto X was DOA so I sent it back last week. I just get a new PIN to use for a device today, and it will not allow me to configure a device with a bamboo back. Motomaker throws an error saying that Bamboo wasn’t an available option when I made my device, so I can’t configure a replacement device with that “option”.

    • Detonation

      Yea that’s explained in the FAQ (last item)

    • PhillipCun

      how many codes did they send you? i received 3 $50 codes and it applied

      • Scott

        They actually sent me a PIN, same as if I went into a Verizon store and purchased a Motomaker Moto X – they just give a PIN to use on the Motomaker site.

  • Bryan Burch

    All I want for Christmas is an easy VZW Moto X 4.4 root for non-dev phones. Emphasis on easy.

  • Dan Carter

    I love how that dude in the picture is smashing the screen of his expensive, custom Moto X into the metal handlebars of his bike.

    • AndrewScottRox

      Even better…IT’S A TANDEM! Ultimate hipster bike.

      • Dan Carter

        I find the growing, universal hatred of hipsters heartwarming. Especially as a Brooklyn resident.

        • AndrewScottRox

          Don’t worry, we’ll be back to hating the saggy pants folks soon enough.

          • Dan Carter

            There’s room in my heart to hate them both.

          • TC Infantino

            Back? I haven’t left hating that goup of idiots. Can’t we just add hipsters to the list and make it and ‘and’ instead of an ‘or’?

    • CoreRooted

      That was my first thought too!!!

    • NexusMan

      His thumb is in between the screen and the bike.

  • SeanPlunk

    The $100 seems particularly egregious in light of the fact you can buy a complete Moto G for as low as $179.
    The Moto X is amazing, but the initial pricing, moto maker rollout and now this are all puzzling moves.

    • CoreRooted

      Not puzzling at all. The Moto X is worth every penny (imho). Plus, with a true wood back, the claim of having a device that is truly unique can be backed up. There are people out there who can and will buy it for that “unique” option alone.

      • alexis orms

        Actually…it’s a grass back 🙂

        • CoreRooted

          I stand corrected… “grassy ass” lol

  • Hothfox

    Nope. I got in on the Holiday Promo codes, and a wood back definitely isn’t worth an extra $300whatever dollars.

    • Hothfox

      Dear downvoter: It’s seriously not worth it. I paid just over $400 for my motomaker Moto X with the deal. Now it would cost me just over $700 with tax, etc. I’m not sure how you can justify a wooden back panel costing me $300 more.

  • NorCalGuy

    If we surround it with rusting, dull and tatered things this brand new phone might not look so bad… No it just looks bad.

  • Colin Gray

    Do the 150 dollar vouchers still work? With or without bamboo?

    • Sankyou

      They all expired yesterday at midnight EST so no. The timing is probably intentional.

      • Colin Gray

        Well poop, I was thinking of getting the better half one lol, oh well.

        Thanks for the info.

        • Detonation

          And even if you ordered one with the discount the last item in the FAQ states you can’t exchange it for a Bamboo one.

          • Ian

            Well you can return it, and then buy a bamboo one, but the discount applied to the first will not transfer to the new purchase.

      • hoosiercub88

        The timing was entirely intentional. The original proposed price upcharge was $50.. for $100 I’ll pass either way. I got my Cement Grey/White Face model with blue buttons. I like it just fine.

        • Dean

          I was waiting for the wood but for a $100 upcharge and only bamboo (so far) I’m probably just gonna bite the bullet and get a normal custom Moto X. My question for you is what do you think of the cement back… noticeably gray? Haven’t seen it in person but was planning on cement back with red buttons and black front.

    • mcdonsco

      But anyone that got one I under the promo can still do a free change to their phone (moto allows one free) so you could get it with the promo if you do it this way.

      • Hothfox

        Not true. There is no way for you to swap your current Moto X out with a wood back one, no matter which return policy you try to fall under. The FAQ states:

        There’s no such thing as an “exchange” when you’re dealing with items this unique. If your phone falls within our 14 day return period (30 days in California), you can return it for a refund and re-purchase a Moto X with Bamboo.

        and also:

        If your phone falls within our return period, you can return it for a refund of the original purchase price and re-purchase a Moto X with Bamboo. However, the Holiday discount you received will not apply.

  • jmsbwmn

    This far into the Moto X life cycle, no, I won’t be getting one. However, you’d better believe I’ll be an early adopter of the Moto X 2, or whatever they call it!

    • Collin Chapin

      I just hope they put a better screen in it this time.

      • onDroid

        The screen is pretty awesome. I have a GS4 for work and the screen looks just as good. The difference between 720p and 1080p on a <5" screen is not noticeable to the human eye. Not unless you hold the phone right against you eye

        • Not to get into the whole 720p vs 1080p debate (which you can clearly see the difference when viewing small text), the biggest issue for me was when I compared the Moto X to other high end phones like the G2. The Moto X has a much more dull and yellow-tint screen.

          • PhillipCun

            I think by 2014 the standard would be 1080p and yes the moto x 2 (or whatever it will be called) should have a higher res screen. IMO, for 2013, the current screen will suffice.

          • Marvin8

            All depends on how much 1080p would affect battery life. If it affects it negatively in any significant way, fuggedaboudit.

          • onDroid

            I’m not going to debate you, picture quality is mostly subjective. If you hold the two devices next to each other and one looks better than the other than by all means choose the one you think has a better quality screen. If, however, you have to stare for a few minutes and get as close to the screen as possible to determine the most minute of differences in the screen quality you are over analyzing it and you should not base your choice of phone off of this. In day to day use you will not notice the difference. If the difference is screen quality is apparent right away then clearly screen quality should factor into your decision. When I, you may have a different opinion, look at both a Moto X and a GS4 next to each other the differences are not noticeable. I have to squint and get real close to the phone before I can tell the differences in resolution. As far as clarity and picture quality both screens look great. I haven’t noticed any yellow tint as you pointed out. Let’s remember everyone’s eyes are different so do you may not see what I see. Anyway, enough rambling, my point is screen quality is not a reason to discount the Moto X or choose another flagship over it, at least not according to my vision. If you have looked at both phones and have made an informed decision then great but if you just see the specs and say 1080>720 then you don’t know what you are talking about

          • I didn’t have to stare at it for a while, the second I turned the display on I noticed how poor the display was, both in sharpness, contrast, and color accuracy. The Moto X is still a great phone in the sense that you can customize it, it has fast updates, and is as close to a pure Android experience as you can get. The fact remains though that it was mid-ranged specs when it came out 6 months ago, and having to pay $649 for a device like that is just not worth it.

          • Marvin8

            Yeah, but the price is now $399. Nyaaah. 😀

        • Collin Chapin

          I’m just more of an LCD fan myself so to me that’s what I would consider “better”. I know the GS4 screen looks just as “good” but in my opinion it looks different and in my opinion it looks much better. I thought they did a great job with the screen on the GS4 but the Moto X just left me wanting more.

          It wasn’t very bright, and after getting my Nexus 5 there was just no comparison (in my opinion). I know there are reasons one screen is technically better than the other but for me it just didn’t cut it.

          • Same, that’s why I love the display on my G2. I much prefer accurate colors and white whites to deeper blacks.

          • TheDrunkenClam

            Dat skin though.

          • CM 🙂

    • I agree, while this is awesome you won’t receive it until 2014. Motorola really should have added wood as an option much sooner, or just wait until the Moto X2.

      Pretty much anyone who wanted a Moto X who didn’t get one when it first came out probably got one during the holiday sale, so I don’t see many people will be buying these.

    • BillyBob

      This far into the Moto X cycle? The phone was just released in August? Its relatively new.

      • Marvin8

        All depends upon the length of X’s product cycle. Could it be 6 months? A year? We’ll see soon enough……….or not. 😀

  • Andrew

    I would have bought one if it was available when the phone launched. Too late now.

  • Sankyou

    I would have done this back in the day but now I’m old and boring and value that $100 more.

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  • AbbyZFresh

    Bamboo is pretty expensive to obtain so i can see the price why it’s so high.

    • droidify

      I assume you are being sarcastic seeing in which it is the most renewable wood known to man

      • AbbyZFresh

        Actually bamboo is part of the grass family. Not trees.

        • droidify

          Noticed as soon as I hit enter. Corrected sir.

      • itznfb

        My neighbor planted bamboo in their back yard like 20 years ago… ever since they’ve had to have a landscaping company come 3~4 times a year to clear it out. They tried everything to kill it off but it just keeps growing back. I look out my window one day and it’s gone. I swear a week later I can’t even see their house.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        True, it is highly renewable, as are all naturally derived products. However, high-quality bamboo laminates, such as they are likely using here, is not only in high demand, but also comparable available to the hardwoods they have mentioned such as teak and ebony. According to wikipedia, the sweet spot for havesting seems to be around 6 years. A large portion of the raw material is likely lost during the laminate production, resulting in what I’d expect to be a comparable yield per-acre over time as the aforementioned hardwoods.

  • droidify

    That picture is awesome. I always ride my bicycle with my phones screen smushed against the handlebars.

    • Sankyou

      Photographer: It’s just not bohemian enough. We need….more bracelets!

      • MistaButters

        Add ashy knuckles pronto!

      • TC Infantino

        And we need hippy dreadlocks and patchouli oil….is there a way to add that nasty smell to a picture?

    • Bob G

      I always have my phone screen smushed against rocks.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    A little off topic but I just got my airjacket case in the mail and I love it so far. Fits snug on my moto x, allows access to all buttons, and still shows off that sexy blue back with orange accents.

    • Ryan Gullett

      Does it allow you to put your finger on the dimple though?

      • TheDrunkenClam

        Yes it does. The picture on the site shows that it doesn’t have that opened all the way down. I realized this right after I bought it and thought I may return this and get the one that kellex reviewed here, the Snap Case. But to my surprise the airjacket does indeed have that cutout going down to expose the awesome dimple. Looks like they may have made a change to the product but forgot to update the picture. And for the record I am sure they did not just accidentally send me a snapcase because the cutout for the headphone jack is clearly the one on the airjacket picture. I will make this issue known to moto when I call them that they should update the picture.

    • Jeff C

      Is the dimple still covered, or is it actually open (hole in case vs. matching dimple in case)?

      How hard is it to take off? I’ve heard stories of people separating the back from their phone trying to take it off.

      How much of a “lip” is there on front?

      How is the “self-healing?”

      Is it slippery or does it have a little bit of grip?

      • TheDrunkenClam

        It is open just like the Snap Case is. An elongated opening. The dimple is completely exposed and tangible.

        It is not hard to take off at all. Follow the instructions and take a little care. I feel like the people who pulled their phones apart were impatiently prying like cavemen.

        There is not a huge lip on the front and what little there is sits almost flush with the screen. It will not make gestures that require swiping from the edge uncomfortable.

        I cannot comment on its self healing. I have no intention to scratch at it to test. As long as it protects my phone during a drop (and it will) and looks good is all I care about.

        It is very smooth, completely transparent, yet easy to grip. I’ve had the phone naked for almost three weeks now and I have not had any issues adjusting to how this feels in my hand.

        • Jeff C

          Thanks! I hadn’t seen any good reviews of it and this is exactly the info I needed before I drop coin on it.

  • AndrewScottRox

    That extra Benjamin puts it out of my range. Now a free one via Droid Life contest is another story…….

  • Greg Morgan

    “If your phone falls within our return period, you can return it for a refund of the original purchase price and re-purchase a Moto X with Bamboo. However, the Holiday discount you received will not apply.” That kind of sucks

    • mcdonsco

      You can do an exchange though with the discount still in place.

      • bd1212

        Can you though?

      • Hothfox

        How? In the FAQ they outline that both exchange for a redesign and return and repurchase do not apply to the wood back.

    • Scott Smith

      Yeah, I call BS on Motorola here. They have repeatedly said if you are within your return period you can send back your phone for 1 redesign (i.e. changing the colors of the back, etc.). Now they are basically saying that electing for “bamboo” isn’t a re-design… lame. It sure sounds like a redesign to me.

  • Alec

    I’m going with the Galaxy S4 Zoom instead….

    • droidify

      Thanks for sharing.

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