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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 realĀ 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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  • Allen George

    I would consider it, but for $100 it better be something alot nicer than bamboo….

  • JRomeo

    Your missing one option in your poll. *If a wood option was available for a Nexus Device*, Then YES, but since they’re not, then no.

    • needa

      so that means you would bey a phone with a wood back. it doesnt ask if you would buy a moto x with a wood back now does it.

  • Dooberskystein

    is it termite proof?

    • Kevin

      i’d schedule regular orkin visits just to make sure.

    • akhnaten

      Bamboo is termite proof.

  • Andy Stetson

    i.imgur.com/Alrdvo9.jpg

  • nabooska

    I dont even understand why they’re offering this now, or why they would even display them when they debuted the phone if they weren’t ready. Should’ve held off until the next gen Moto X

  • fauxshizzl

    I would like to see it as an option for all their future phones. But only as an option.

  • zepfloyd

    Now, why do witches burn?
    –…because they’re made of… wood?
    Good. So how do you tell whether she is made of wood?
    –Build a bridge out of her!

    • KCCO

      She turned me into a newt…but I got better… :/

  • CasperTFG

    I’d worry about the overheating….or maybe it’s just exclusive to my Gnex.

    • ToddAwesome

      not exclusive, but the GNex certainly is head of the pack!

      • needa

        the nexus 4 was pretty good also.

  • Rob

    Yes but never would I buy it for 100.00 extra. No way

  • Wyveryx

    Not sure how I would feel if my phone had more wood up time than I did….

  • Jonathan Wolf

    $100 for wood? No. Bone, yes.

  • Justin Kos

    I really dig the soft touch plastic imo

  • NexusMan

    x

  • NexusMan

    I absolutely am interested in wood and have always been since Motorola announced it. However, unfortunately for Motorola, the wood backs are too MUCH too late. I was fully prepared to pay the rumored $600 off contract price for a wood backed Moto X, and would have even paid the $650 actual price, however, I was able to get a customized Moto X on sale last week for $400, and the wood backs are simply NOT worth $250 more to me. Had Motorola released the wood backs (and not just Bamboo) before they had that Holiday sale, they would have had a $650 paying customer out of me…now they don’t.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    more no’s than i expected.

  • Cesar

    There’s no option for “Maybe, if it didn’t cost an arm and a leg extra.”

  • Chris

    Nope. Neirther is a phone that looks like a bunch of childrens blocks.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    No, not in the least.

  • WickedToby741

    I think the Moto X in general is just one big beta test. The second gen Moto X should theoretically launch with all of the material options that the Moto X will get over the next year and it should launch with customization available across all carriers on day one. I also see one of two things happening with the second gen Moto X: either the specs will stay roughly the same with a one year spec bump (that is to say they’ll stay midrange) and the price will drop, or the specs will jump up to flagship caliber (to match GS5 and HTC One successor) and the price will stay the same. In the MKBHD interview, Woodside indicated that they had certainly taken note of the demand for a Moto X at the holiday discount price. I think instead of fighting a spec war they’ll bump the specs to 2013 flagship levels (GS4 and HTC One) and find a way to get the price down around $349 or $399 off-contract with the price climbing for material options.

    • NexusMan

      Who wants a Moto X that is comparable to a GS 4 or HTC One? Certainly not anyone who actually owns a Moto X, because they realize the user experience of the so called “mid range specs” of the Moto X is far greater than that of those other 2 mentioned phones.

      • trumpet444

        The user experience is greater because of the near-stock android experience on the Moto X. The demand for better specs in a Moto X is to make it future proof; as in not having to replace it in a year.

        • JoshGroff

          It’s less of a have to, and more of a want to, and no phone (or technology in general) is truly future proof.

        • NexusMan

          By the way, there are “stock Android” devices that are PURE CRAP. Moto has done more than just “toss on” stock Android.

      • JoshGroff

        As someone who’s owned all 3, I can confirm this.

      • calculatorwatch

        I think that’s the point. The Moto X has “last year’s specs” (not really though), but thanks to their software enhancements performs on par or better than this years phones. So the next X will have this years specs but perform on par or better than the GS5 and HTC Two or whatever.

  • Christopher Brown

    Unless Moto offers some kind of deal to turn in your custom Moto X for a new back, I’m definitely not ordering a new one.

  • Silver Veloz

    Huh-Huh! He said “wood”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luSZDZErQUw

    • Dan

      heh-heh! if only it came in naughty pine.. huh-huh!!

  • Alexander H

    For less than 100, sure – having a non splintering wood backed phone would be cool. Bamboo is great for sustainability and not splintering – but $100 is a bit much. It’s the ultimate “different” phone and would let those who love wood show it on their phone. Depending on who you ask it’s either classy or hipster or a blend of two times never meant to clash.

    • trumpet444

      Sustainability? Do you live in a bamboo constructed house? Does anyone? And do you seriously think that logging companies aren’t interested in replacing their sources? That would be suicide if they weren’t. Please do some research before spitting out bumper sticker lines.

      • James the giant peach

        Dear uninformed citizen: bamboo is not technically wood, it is grass. It grows in feet per week and can be sustainably harvested multiple times per year vs wood at once per decade to 15+ years. It’s not lumber, clearly.

      • Alexander H

        Bamboo is a grass….it grows at a rate up to feet per day and is a very sustainable source like hemp is for fiber. Timber and bamboo aren’t interchangeable, and for most people it is clear that bamboo isn’t meant to replace logs (it is hollow too).

  • Turner

    I would have however many months ago it was when it came out, but with no foreseeable timetable for moto maker on Verizon, what was the point in holding my breath? I love my white MotoX and it’s got ok at this point. But it was also my last Verizon phone so, meh…. tl;dr yes to the wood back, MotoX rollout sucked, verizon sucks

  • Michael Quinlan

    It’s a ridiculous offering. I jumped on the Cyber Monday deal, scoring a gsm developer edition for $400. If it had been available only with a wooden back, I would have passed.

  • Jon

    Is there really a lot of demand for the would trim or was it just posted on tech blogs so often that it seemed like a lot of people (in comparison to the total people wanting a Moto X) wanted it?

  • sk3litor

    No thanks professor. I’d rather be playing show and tell with Mary Ann while Giligin and the skipper fashion some sort of flotation device

  • SookRam

    Only so I can say, “You’ve got to my my wood!” and see their face when I reach into my pocket.

  • http://www.hypable.com/ Joshua Nealey

    Looks like the inside of a double wide. Would prefer to be able to choose the metal for an extra $100, wouldn’t even think of paying 100 bucks for cheap looking wood.

  • omgitzjose

    as nice as they look i feel the same way i feel about leather covers. they fade change and arnt resistant to water and the elements. id be worried about water damage and the wood chipping

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Not trying to take shots at anyone but I feel like this is just kind of a fad.
    Just not for me. But the idea is very unique so I could see why it draws interest.

  • Bryan Burch

    Does the wood include root privilege?

    • Sirx

      You did it there. And I saw it…

      • Bryan Burch

        It’s important that each time you reach into your pocket and grab your wood, that it be a tool you have full control over.

  • Blue Sun

    Yes, I was interested 4 months ago, but I got sick of waiting.

  • Kisuk3

    I hope they incorporate wood on future devices because at this rate by the time they release all four, the Moto X will be old news

  • Sean Bello

    I would, but not for $100 extra. for $100, I’d rather have my choice of metal.

  • Rodeojones000

    Not interested, even a little. So very, very ugly.

    To each his own though.

  • C C

    cool idea … but i think it would just look like you put a cheesy wood grain sticker on your phone

  • Daniel J. Peters

    I voted that I am interested, but not for an additional $100. No, not at all then.

  • joejoe5709

    Yawn… I almost always put a case on my phone so a wood case would appeal to me much more. Same goes for Moto’s Kevlar.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    if its for looks and tickles ur pickle, go for it. but i can’t fade the $100……

  • jimt

    I think they might have sold a bunch at $100 if they were available when the phone sold and if you had a choice of wood. Wood for a Moto-x now seems to me like putting wood on a phone that is almost last year. How long will you keep the phone before a new phone comes out?

  • Raikou

    I only saw, “Does a Wood interest you?”

  • Jaime Kerr

    Silly gimmick.

    • NexusMan

      So is fingerprint scanning. And Look away to pause. And knock to wake. And….

      • Caleb Shahamat

        Knock to wake is def not a gimmick. I use it every time I wake my G2. Couldn’t imagine not having it!

  • Matt Lang

    Yes, but not for $100 luxury tax for a wood phone

  • Trysta

    Thank you for this poll. Apparently despite all the hoopla about wood the vast majority simply have no interest. You would literally have to pay me money to use a phone that had wood as part of its aesthetic design. I like wood. Just not on electronics. It looks really tacky IMHO.

    Of course if you do like a wood backed phone power to you. Just not my cup of tea :-)

    • NexusMan

      Less than half is not “the vast majority.”

  • AbbyZFresh

    It did at first. But at $100 is a deal breaker.

  • Michael

    I like the idea of different materials, but I already have a Moto X and don’t want this.

  • TC Infantino

    I think it might be cool, with the right kind of wood. It would also have to be laquered with many layers to protect it and keep it looking good. I would not be interested if it cost an extra $100 though, I would pay an extra $50. But I believe Ebony, or Rosewood would look great.

  • a) youth.in.asia

    What’s to say that when you’re hardcore gaming that your wood panel doesn’t get really hot and catch fire?

    • TC Infantino

      It would take more than the 150* that my Rezound got up to on its hottest to spontaniously combust wood. That’s not to say that the rare instance of battery malfunction wouldn’t happen. Considering that I have read a couple of articles about phones with regular backs catching fire or melting due to a battery meltdown.

      • Nate Bousfield

        150? That’s impressive.

        • TC Infantino

          LOL Yep, seriously hot. I had 2 warranty replacements for overheating, with the extended battery. Usually when I was playing a game or watching a video. It got so hot you wouldn’t want to even consider picking it up and holding it. I loved the Rezound, once I got one that didn’t try to cook my hand.

          • trumpet444

            mine would do the same. the touch buttons at the bottom would get so hot i couldn’t use them

  • sc4fpse

    I never understood what was so appealing about wood backs to everyone. It looks really unnatural. I mean, I guess there’s something to be said for looking unique (after all, that’s one thing Motorola has really been pushing, what with the hipster ads and all), but this is just a little excessive. It just looks weird, and not in a good way. And to then pay $100 to look weird in a bad way? Say whaa?

    • WickedToby741

      Metal is premium feeling but looks cold (describing the way it looks, not the actual temperature of the material). Plastic is warmer in the looks department, but often feels less premium than other materials. Wood is both warm and premium feeling plus it’s unique. The downside to wood can be durability, but we’ll have to see how these hold up.

      • NexusMan

        Metal also DOES feel cold (the actual temperature), when used in the cold.

      • NexusMan

        Down votes. LOL. As if that is not a FACT.

      • evereste

        Wood wears well, patina and aesthetic improve with age…

    • blix247

      Definitely not appealing to everyone. But for people who are sick of one black slab phone after another, this is a welcome change. I picked one of these up today for that reason. I don’t think Motorola expects to sell a ton of these, I think its more about establishing themselves as an innovator. These things are going to be conversation starters, and whether or not people like the look I don’t think anyone would argue that its not innovative and different. I want to support the kind innovation that the Moto X has, to show manufacturers that we’re looking for more than a phone thats a half inch larger and 20% faster than last year’s model.

    • calculatorwatch

      I think it looks pretty cool, and I definitely like the uniqueness of it (I am a bit of a hipster after all). But I was having trouble justifying the extra $50 for one so for $100 I will definitely pass.

      Personally I think the price is just Moto’s way of keeping the demand down though, since their production is obviously pretty limited. If they ever really get a handle on how to mass produce these I’m sure the price would drop down to $50.

    • j

      Buys unique wood phone.
      Immediately slaps case on it.

  • tyguy829

    Where’s “Yes, but not for $100 extra.” I would maybe do $50 tops…

    • gtg465x

      Yup. I might do $100 extra if the Moto X was more futureproof and I thought I would be sticking with it for a couple years. I love my Moto X, but the processor, screen, and camera leave plenty of room for improvement, so I’m sure I’ll be upgrading to next year’s Moto X if something else doesn’t tempt me before that. If it had a Snapdragon 800, a 1080p screen, or even just a 720p screen with more accurate colors, and the camera from the Lumia 1520 or maybe even the iPhone 5S, I might feel more confident about not feeling the need to upgrade next year and might be more OK with investing in a wood back.

      • NexusMan

        My Moto is speedy, it’s LTE is fast, the radios are amazing, my screen is beautiful and my pics are great.

        • Guest

          Stop being in denial, there’s no arguing that it’s specs and camera can’t be improved

          • turdbogls

            specs aren’t everything man….they might be if moto threw on “moto blur” of years past, but this is basically stock android….the phone flies. it is just slightly slower than my N5 during every day tasks…this is on KK
            camera…..yeah, could be better, but at least its quick unlike my Nexus 5’s

            I am a spec whore to the fullest, but saying the Moto X is underpowered is a pretty ignorant statement….and makes me think that you have never used the phone for more than a couple seconds in the store. If i didn’t have a Nexus 5 to compare it to, I would for sure consider it a top end phone.

          • shooter50

            underpowered is relative. Compared to the G2 or Note 3 the Moto X is definitely not in the same league. That doesn’t make it a bad phone. In fact it’s quite nice.

          • Adrynalyne

            The sad thing is, the Note 3 isn’t as smooth (jank free) as the Moto X.

          • turdbogls

            True….. but when i hear underpowered, i think of Lag and hesitations happening more often than not in the UI….and this just isn’t the case with the Moto X. I was mearly stating that “guest” is either very special, or just a huge Troll

          • NexusMan

            I own it. I use it. I see it. And I love it. I know what I see and experience. There’s no denial there. And no need to deny. I am not on Google or Moto’s PR team. If my experience, including photos, was anything short of fantastic, I would return it and get something else. Seems like you’re the one in denial.

        • Tanuj Chokshi

          Everything you say is true except for the camera lol

          • NexusMan

            Again, honestly, pics I’ve taken on my camera look great. Maybe it’s the settings and lighting conditions I’ve been in, but others who know nothing of the phone, have said the same thing…commenting on how “great the pictures look.” (By the way, my best pics are taken in HDR Mode). And of course, my phone has all of the latest updates.

    • Guest

      I remember one of the leaks about the wood pricing being $50 extra. Too bad that didn’t happen. Maybe when they release the other wood options will the price drop.

    • nialvano

      You got it sir. Just picked up a ‘plastic’ back for $350 – think I can deal with a plastic for ~300 less. I applaud the Goorola decision to enrich their product with software and not just off the shelf hardware. Not to belittle the other flagships out there just prefer Motoogle’s design choices.

    • Tanuj Chokshi

      My thoughts exactly

    • Snowbo13

      agreed 100% wood phone for the same price or 50$ more and I am possible in after seeing durability. I know some dings might happen but it could be pretty cool. I want to see someone do more then just the back out of wood also.