This morning, Motorola told members of the press that they would be closing the Texas plant where they assemble custom orders for their 2013 flagship, Moto X. The first question we asked after being told this news was, “What about Moto Maker?”
Moto Maker, for those not familiar, is the web interface that allows customers to customize a Moto X through options like the color and material used on its back plate, how much storage is included, and if your phone will greet you with a saying upon boot-up. It is without a doubt, one of the biggest selling points for the Moto X, and a service we hope lives on for future Motorola products.
According to a short-but-sweet note from Motorola, we now know that Moto Maker will indeed continue on. (more…)
According to the Wall Street Journal, Motorola is closing its Texas factory that has been used to build custom versions of its Moto X due to weak sales and high costs. The close isn’t happening immediately, but will be done before the end of the year.
As you all know, the factory opened only a year ago and was used to build custom versions of the Moto X through a site called MotoMaker. The whole point was to quickly assemble made-to-order devices that could be shipped to US customers within a couple of days. Since sales of the Moto X did not exactly top charts, Motorola wasn’t able to keep costs low enough. (more…)
Update: Motorola reached out to let us know that Rosewood replacing Walnut was a back-end bug or issue that has been fixed. In other words, Walnut is back, Rosewood is gone again.
Rosewood, one of the original “natural” backs shown off at last year’s Moto X launch, is now available as an option through MotoMaker. We aren’t sure why it took this long to get Rosewood in the line-up, but we should point out that it seems to have replaced Walnut. So if you had your sights still set on a custom Moto X with a Walnut finish, those days are over. Rosewood is here.
The finish is still an additional $25 add-on, just like Ebony, Teak, and Bamboo. (more…)
Earlier in the week, Motorola announced that it would run a new 24-hour sale on its 2013 flagship, Moto X, giving you all the chance to get into the customizable device for $299 without a contract. The deal is now live, having started at midnight and running until 11:59PM ET, tonight.
The 16GB model starts at $299, with the 32GB and developer editions dropping in at $324.99. Wood backs will add an addition $25 charge to the phone’s price. (more…)
Just in time for March Madness, Motorola has introduced the “College Collection” of colors and cases to its 2013 flagship, Moto X. Through MotoMaker, and using 9 new color options, Motorola hopes that you can create the phone for the ultimate fan in you. If not, they put together a gallery of pre-set color schemes for over 40 major schools, including Georgetown, Kentucky, Kansas, and Stanford, that should make the process painless. They even have clear cases for many of the schools that only feature a school logo.
If you are a student, faculty member or alum, Motorola will give you a special discount by registering at motorola.com/college with a valid .edu address. The discount will land you an off-contract Moto X for the discounted price of $339. (more…)
With MotoMaker, users can customize a Moto X specifically to their liking, and there are countless ways to customize. While the bigs ones are the front and back colors, there are also accents and wallpapers to choose from, so it can get crazy for first timers. There are also people that just want to be inspired by other devices that they see. If you need help thinking of a few good Moto X combinations, check out Moto X Randomizer and it can give you many great ideas. (more…)
Did you miss Motorola’s fire sale on the Moto X at $100 off yesterday? And did you miss our community giving away their unused codes? Well, don’t you worry, Motorola still has you covered. Starting yesterday and ending on Valentine’s Day, you can pick up a Moto X for $70 off through MotoMaker off contract, bringing the price to $329.99 for the 16GB model and $379.99 for the 32GB model. (more…)
Our custom made Moto X with a Walnut finish has arrived, so as is typical around these parts, we took it for a spin on camera to let you see and hear our thoughts on it. As one may have expected after seeing our Bamboo unboxing, we are pleased with the results. A real wood back with custom accents, on the phone that our staff unanimously gave “phone of the year” in 2013 to. How can you beat that? (more…)