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…)
Ready for a Walnut, Ebony, or Teak finish on your Moto X? After months of waiting, all are finally available through Motorola’s MotoMaker for an additional $25. The process to add them to your phone is identical to all other MotoMaker customizations, you just need to pay a bit of a premium to have Moto attach a back made with real wood and then finished to look like your wood of choice.
Again, the finishes that are available are Walnut, Ebony, and Teak, with Rosewood not making the cut from the phone’s original unveiling. And yes, these are real wood backs that are then finished to look like specific types of woods, according to Motorola.
Who wants one?
This morning, Motorola announced that new Ebony, Teak, and Walnut wood backs would be available come January 21 for an additional $25 on MotoMaker-made Moto X devices. These three new wood “finishes” join Bamboo to round out the “Natural” category on Motorola’s custom phone site. Speaking of “finishes,” we noticed a number of you asking for clarification on what exactly Motorola meant by that term, especially since Bamboo is only listed as just being “Bamboo.” Well, we heard back. (more…)
During last week’s CES, I had a chance to sit down with Motorola executives Steve Horowitz (SVP software engineering) and William Moss (director of corporate communications) to talk the year that was, what they took away from all that happened in 2013, their thoughts on wearables, and where we are headed in 2014. Our chat was a brief 30 minutes, but we managed to cruise through all sorts of topics including how they managed to update the Moto X to Kit Kat in under three weeks.
I think you’ll notice a theme quickly emerging throughout that most of you will all be fans of: Motorola wants to do more of the same, which means continuing to provide value and choice with a stock Android experience anchoring it all. While they wouldn’t give up their roadmap for 2014 (don’t worry I tried to get it), I think it’s safe to assume that we’ll see MotoMaker stick around, new choices of materials will be a part of the scheme, new features will be added onto their suite of Touchless Control and Active Display, and prices will remain as good as ever.
Let’s run through it. (Sorry for the delay, but man, do I have new love for professional transcribers.) (more…)
Not sure exactly when this happened, but the Moto X with MotoMaker customizations for Verizon is available for $49.99 at the moment on-contract. None of the other carriers are offering the discounted price and are still showing $99.99. If you don’t want a custom device, you can also order the black or white woven models directly through Verizon’s site at the same price. (more…)
A press event invite went out to European blogs earlier this week from Motorola, asking that they join Moto on January 14 as they “welcome a new addition to the European Motorola family of products.” No specific products were mentioned, but the Moto X seems like an ideal candidate for the move. (more…)
Kicking yourself over missing out on the Cyber Monday Moto X deal that granted customers $150 off the full retail price? You, my friends, are in luck today. Thanks to a promo running through the Today Show (yes, that Today Show), you have a second chance at the same deal
as long as you are interested in buying Sprint or AT&T models of the phone through MotoMaker (Edit: it now appears to be for all carrier models). Once again, you can grab a custom made Moto X at $350 without a contract for a limited time.
After yesterday’s Cyber Monday fiasco, Motorola has unveiled their new plan to award many of you with a Moto X for $150 off the full retail price. Instead of dealing with “rushed checkouts” and a flood of traffic to their site all at once, Motorola has decided to hand out coupon codes that can be redeemed for the $150-off promo price within a week. In other words, on either Wednesday (December 4, tomorrow) or next Monday (December 9), you’ll have the chance to register for a coupon code that can later be redeemed for a custom made Moto X through MotoMaker for the discounted Cyber Monday price. (more…)