OnePlus One owners, I hope you weren’t still waiting for StyleSwap covers to arrive, like the Bamboo cover pictured above that OnePlus unveiled back in July. The company announced this afternoon through its forums that they are officially calling off the StyleSwap project. Due to “technical difficulties” in mass producing the Bamboo cover, along with a terribly designed back cover removal process that puts your phone at risk of damage, StyleSwap covers are no more. (more…)
Tomorrow at 12PM Eastern, Motorola is going to put the AT&T and GSM (unlocked) models of the new Moto X (2nd generation) up for pre-order through their own store. If you can’t wait until then, feel free to cruise over to AT&T’s site right now, as they have the device up for pre-order in “Black Resin,” “Bamboo,” or “Black Leather.”
As expected, the device runs $99 with new 2-year contract. In not-so-expected news, the full retail price is listed as $526, which is higher than the $499 price that Motorola gave us during the phone’s unveiling. (more…)
Brazilian retailer, Livraria Logos, the same site that outed the entire set of specs and press shots for the Moto E a couple of days early, has once again posted early info for Motorola products. As a reminder, this site also posted up Moto X+1 specs extremely early, only to take them down shortly after we noticed them.
So what are they giving us today? First, their Moto X+1 listings have returned with a smaller set of specs, model numbers, and potential materials used as backplates on the device. Also, we are seeing a Motorola device under the familiar name of “Titan” reappear, a device that is more than likely the new Moto G that Motorola will unveil on September 4 along with the new Moto X. (more…)
OnePlus, creators of what has become one of the most controversial phones of all time, unveiled its first StyleSwap cover for its flagship One, last night. For those new to StyleSwap covers, these are the removable/replaceable back plates that you can hot-swap onto your device to give it new life. OnePlus originally announced that materials like denim, kevlar, and exotic woods would arrive at some point down the road. Bamboo is the first and will be available in August for $49. (more…)
This morning, Motorola shot out emails to purchasers of the Moto X with Bamboo, informing them that they have been able to streamline their processes for natural backs, thus resulting in them offering additional materials at a lower cost. In other words, Ebony, Walnut, and Teak “finishes” are now on the way (no more Rosewood) and will only run an additional $25, rather than the original $100 premium asking price. (more…)
The Moto X with Bamboo. There she is in all her glory. Our unit arrived especially early, at least earlier than we had expected after Motorola’s announcement this week. All I can say after five minutes with the phone is that it certainly is beautifully made. We’re talking about a phone that features a real
wood back here (“grass” for the technical folk). With wood or “natural” backs, no two phones should ever be alike. How often can you say that with a consumer electronic? (more…)
Yesterday, Motorola finally made their first wood option available for the Moto X through MotoMaker. While we would have loved to see Ebony, Teak, and Rosewood also make the cut, we’re fine with Bamboo for now and even ordered a 32GB model. At the time of purchase, we were told not to expect the device until January 6 or “early January.” We made sure you were aware as well, that “Natural” backs likely require more time for assembly, so should you have opted for Bamboo, it wouldn’t arrive in time for X-mas.
In what can only be perceived as good news, we just received an update on our order saying that Motorola was able to “work some magic” and plans to have ours delivered on or before 12/27. So there is a chance! For us, we really just care that it arrives before the original date, which would have meant we were in Vegas for CES and not able to receive the package. But for the rest of you, assuming the magic is happening for more than just our order, you may have a wonderful X-mas surprise after all. (more…)
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.