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Tuesday Poll: Does a Wood Phone Interest You?

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Four months after introducing the Moto X at a press event in NYC, Motorola has delivered on one promise made that I’m not sure the world really expected it would ever need to see fulfilled. I’m talking about wood backs on phones, of course. Can any of us safely say that we ever imagined owning a phone made up of the natural material? I can’t. That’s not to say that owning a phone made of Bamboo, Rosewood, Ebony, or Teak wouldn’t be cool, it’s just that the thought of it hadn’t ever crossed my mind. Whether or not I had dreamed of wood is inconsequential at this point though, since Motorola has made Bamboo readily available for their Moto X through MotoMaker.

They didn’t exactly deliver all four originally promised wood options, but again, Bamboo is available now. And that brings us to today’s poll, which we realized only today that we had yet to ask. Does a real wood back on a phone even interest you? Over the last few months, we’ve talked quite a bit about wood and paying a premium for it. But now that Bamboo is ready, we get the feeling that not everyone is willing to pull the trigger.

That could be because Bamboo wasn’t the option you had in mind. It could also be that you are worried about the durability of wood, the extra $100 you’d pay to have it on a phone, or something else. Or maybe it’s exactly what you wanted and you have already placed your order. Maybe?

In the poll below, we aren’t exactly focusing on the Moto X. We want to know – in general – how you feel about phones made with wood. It could be the next Galaxy phone or whatever HTC is cooking up, but we want to know if you would buy a phone that uses wood.

Does a phone made with wood interest you?

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  • evereste

    Love wood…. Always wanted a wood laptop…. it’s $25 not $100…so, quite reasonable….

  • james t

    what is with all the people not down with the wood backs?! wood is way more logical and practical than having a glass back, I cannot be the only one who thinks this… i will be buying one as soon as the rosewood and ebony options are out!

  • Mark

    The most expensive automobiles in the world use real wood on their dashboards and trim. It exudes a certain feel of hand crafted perfection, and artistic quality. Why not on your phone as well? There was a time when the most expensive electronics and audio equipment also used real wood, but I doubt most of the folks here remember that (some super expensive stuff still does). I think this is a very cool idea, and compared to other high-end items using wood, $100 isn’t really so much of a premium for an natural material that can’t just be mass produced in the same way plastic or metal is. I do sort of wonder about heat issues over long term use. Plus, if you really wanted to, you could carefully sand and stain the thing if you get tired of the color. I’m also curious about the finish – how does it feel in hand? It doesn’t appear to be polished so much it would be slick like plastic. I’d really like to play with one before pulling the trigger to spend that much. I do like the feel of the soft Kevlar on my old MAXX HD, but the wood is pretty cool.

    • Liderc

      “a premium for an natural material that can’t just be mass produced in the same way plastic or metal is”

      Really, metal isn’t a natural material? lol

      • Mark

        Well, Liderc, your answer is NO. Metal is not a naturally occurring material that can be directly used without major refining and processing into a man-made alloy. Wood on the other hand, grows naturally, can be harvested and must be replenished. Quite obviously, wood cannot be mass produced and molded into the shapes the same way plastic or metal can. Using your logic, plastic is also natural, since it’s produced from elements found on this planet. However, you did find a typo, so thanks for that :)

        • Liderc

          Wood has to be processed just as much as most metals have to be, so I’m sorry but you can twist your argument all you want..it’s not true.

          • Mark

            Wow. You’re either completely ignorant of what it takes to refine metals into anything usable for manufacturing, or purposely trolling for the sake of being obstinate and contentious. Why don’t you go buy a fun little bauxite ore plant for your backyard from Home Depot (assuming you aren’t equipped for heavy mining), mix it with a little sodium hydroxide, make sure you heat it to remove all the silicon, lead, titanium, and calcium oxides, build yourself a crystallization tank to crystallize the aluminum oxide and get rid of the sodium hydrizide, then after you place the aluminum oxide in a electrolytic
            cell with molten cryolite to split it into carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and aluminum, don’t forget to refine it further by heating it again and bubbling chlorine through it to remove further impurities. How exciting. You’re STARTING to get some aluminum to use. At some point, you’ll need to melt it back down in your handy dandy rotary furnace, and cast some ingots to further work with. Eventually (if you’ve made it this far in your back yard), add some copper, magnesium, zinc and tin etc back in after refining all of those as well, in order to make a usable alloy. You probably should check with the EPA about how to dispose of gaseous and liquid waste, as well as the slag from the process, and after all of that, you can start thinking about casting your product into the shape of a phone’s inner framework. I’ve actually skipped 3 or 4 major steps to keep it simple for your backyard purposes…. OR, you could plant some bamboo that grows up to 5 feet daily, cut some, wash and dry it, and then whittle it with your pocketknife to the required shape. Ooh, don’t forget the sandpaper, that’s the really difficult part. You might not even need to water the stuff, since it grows like crazy on its own. Let me know how that all turns out for you. Further comment will only prove your ignorance, so it will be summarily ignored. Merry Christmas.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    rather have the build quality of an iphone or htc one…idk why anyone would want a wood phone

  • HarvesterX

    It’s horrible looking in ever fashion sense. No, wood nor grass does jot interest me even if it was offered on a good phone. (Y’all know my feelings about the X…I won’t go there lol).

    Introducing these this late anyways is a blatant attempt to sell off their X stock. By mid 2014 there will be the same Xs with moon rock backs on them. Then mars rocks. Then clear cases witha a hollow layer that houses the gases and atmosphere of Jupiter (that could be pretty dope, and could be done without ever going to Jupiter, but the environment here on earth would scrrw up the awesome look of the gases because of the pressure and temperature differences and would probably instakill the phone..lol Idk).

    This “ugly” gloss (actually quite nice looking and fingerprint free) on my phone looks 100 bear cubs cuter than the cases made from grass and wood.

  • B!

    If it came in a black wood finish like on the Southern Comfort conversion Yukon then yes.

  • Mike Cook

    I am up in the air on the whole wood thing thinking about how scratches and what not would look over time but I have to say the design above does look really nice.

  • gpaine

    Ah, we finally have the perfect phone for all of the one-upping suburban teenagers who get BMW’s on their sixteenth birthday.

  • QPHALO

    i would probably get this but would be more inclined to if it was an option on the hopefully soon to be modular phones. that way i would get more than 6 – 12 months out of it. and you could pull out your wood burning tool from long ago and make it a true one of a kind.

  • ali jawad

    As long as its termite proof, sure. But not really. :p

  • JoshGroff

    A wood case, maybe; a wood phone, not so much.

  • GTIguy

    I really don’t understand the obsession with wood phones on this site. It just seems so hipster and iPhoney. To each his own I guess.

    • Tony Byatt

      You clearly are not looking at the poll results…

      • GTIguy

        I was commenting on the site authors. They’re obsessed with wood phones.

  • hoosiercub88

    Yes, but I’ve already purchased my custom Moto X because I got tired of waiting, and now.. they only have one option available and I’m pretty sure the rumors swirling around the upcharge was about $50, not $100.. I don’t think a small piece of veneer, no matter how premium, is worth that much.

  • MichaelFranz

    Honestly at first i thought this was an awesome idea. but i think the fact that it took Moto so long to push it out made it not worth it. The moto maker initial exclusive to AT&T hurt and if anything they should have had them all released once moto maker went live for everyone. I think it has lost its appeal now that it is a little later in the game since the phone’s release.

    …unless your Timotato :)

  • Kevin

    i’m not sure how much it costs to glue a piece of veneer into a plastic mold, but i can’t imagine it’s anywhere near $100.

    • Kevin

      and i realize they aren’t selling it for cost. i just imagine this is quite the margin they’re making.

    • NexusMan

      “Veneer” lol. They have to pay for the quality sourced material, the actual shaping and finishing of said material, the research and development put into making sure the material works, functions properly and still feels great, and additionally, they are not selling at cost, they still need to make a profit.

      • Kevin

        thanks for not reading my additional comment. and i’m referring to wood veneer, do you know what that is?

        • NexusMan

          I know what it is. and youre right, I didnt read your additional comment. You could have just edited the original one. I’m saying the woodbacks are more than “just a piece of wood veneer glued…”

          • Kevin

            well wood veneer is wood veneer, i doubt they invented their own special sealers and coats for it. only part i think would be that hard would be a consistent, precise cutting.

      • akhnaten

        The cost of Bamboo is close to the cost of plastic. It is the most renewable “wood” (it’s a grass) on the planet, much more so than plastic. $100 up-charge is profiteering, not reasonable at all. Look at the cost of Bamboo flooring, a little over a buck a square foot (retail) if you know where to look. The price is completely ridiculous. There is no way this adds more than $5 (in total) to cost of the phone.

  • shooter50

    The problem with Google and their phones is they announce great phones and accessories, but the accessories are never available at launch. By the time the accessories are available, the phone is half way through its life cycle and people lose interest. And before you correct me, I know this is Motorola not Google, but apparently they are following Google’s lead on accessory availability.

    • needa

      i get the feeling the x2 is going to be in the same package. so the backs will be ready for that launch. but they will probably have something else that will be coming such as metal or paper mache. which will not come until half way through.