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2,000 variations?! Is this overkill? (Moto X)

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by MoodyBlues, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. MoodyBlues

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    This is incredible. Motorola's new phone, the Moto X, will be available with some 2,000 variations. :eek: I don't know...I think I'd spend so much time making choices, the phone would be obsolete by the time I hit 'submit' on my order.



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  2. funkylogik

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    Id say if the engraving option happens, there will be infinately more than 2000 variants possible :p
    Remember these mooted prices are on-contract btw :thumbup:
  3. Red Devil

    Red Devil Well-Known Member

    I hope there are 2000 combinations for the off-contract price too
  4. DirtyDee

    DirtyDee Android Expert

    I hope the off contract price is just AT&T's
  5. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    Don't forget that you can only customize the ATT version....lame
  6. Jersey Tom

    Jersey Tom Android Enthusiast

    There are a ton of combinations, but to get to that number really doesn't take much at the component level to achieve it... the permutations grow exponentially.

    I haven't followed what all the customization options are, but let's say they only give you 4 things you can customize. Front color, back color, accent color, and.. some other thing. And let's say there are only 7 choices on average for each. That's pretty quick and easy to go through and pick what you want, and from a manufacturing standpoint it's not bad logistically to have to stock a handful of options for each choice.

    But then you do the math. 7 front colors, each can go with any of 7 back colors = 49 choices. Then each of those choices can go with 7 accent colors.. 7 * 7 * 7 = 343 choices. Now throw in each of THOSE against some other widget, 7 * 7 * 7 * 7 = 2401.

    Those numbers are all made up, obviously. But the moral of the story being the number of combinations can be huge but still a pretty quick and easy choice for the consumer to get the color or feature combination they want.
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  7. divinebovine

    divinebovine Android Expert


    "smaller parts on their phones, such as the volume buttons and the rings around the camera lens." -- Are these parts that can be changed as easily as the front and back covers? If not, dealers looking for full inventory coverage will need to stock as many versions as exist of "smaller parts" choices, times 2 for the 16/32GB.

    If they can be changed as easily, then dealers need only stock two SKUs and a customization kit.

    I would more describe this as the manufacturer getting into the aftermarket accessory business to provide an integrated experience for the consumers.
  8. funkylogik

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    Aparently you go to a store, preorder the phone, they give you a voucher which you use on a pc to "build" your own phone. Its a really nice idea but how much is it pushing the price up on an already (rumoured to be) pretty expensive phone? id slap a nice case on it anyway tbh :)
  9. MoodyBlues

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    I'm trying to imagine the wooden case. I mean, really, wood? I don't know. I certainly prefer not buying things made of plastic, because of its impact on the environment, and I'm all for wood that comes from renewable sources, such as tree farms, but I'm just having a hard time imagining a wooden phone case. :thinking: Maybe if I saw and felt one in person it'd make more sense.
  10. funkylogik

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    Lol i recently bought a set of wooden earbuds :)
  11. MoodyBlues

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    How did those work out? :D
  12. nickdalzell

    nickdalzell Android Expert

    All I want is a deer-themed cover/case. The last time I even saw one was during the Nokia 5100-series days. And then, cell phones were too expensive. No love for us deer lovers, but tons for those who adore puppies or snow leopards, apparently.

    Wooden phone ala wood veneer. Didn't that die off with those cool SoundDesign phone/radio combos from the 80s? Simulated woodgrain FTW. I'm still waiting for the Moto DynaTAC case for the Note, since it is already a brick. Would sell to anyone wanting to relive the nostalgia of the 80s, or to folks who also bought the 'retro corded handset' iPhone accessory
  13. funkylogik

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  14. divinebovine

    divinebovine Android Expert

    Could just be a wood print. It wouldn't (woodn't?) be the first time I've read something like that and it turned out to be disappointing like that.

    Shouldn't take too much cost to slap it together in the factory per order, but customer service could get annoying when someone doesn't get what they wanted or when the phone is defective.

    To consider the original query, I don't think this level of choice is either a good thing or overkill for Android; I don't think the Android world is a major stakeholder here. However, if it's a success then it will be one more bullet point in a list of advantages for Android, described as "there's even a model that's customizable in over 2000 variations").
  15. Mostly Harmless

    Mostly Harmless Android Expert

    When has Android even been about too little choice? 2,000 combinations? Could be a million, I am all for it. Wood on a phone? To me that's pretty awesome/classy. The Moto X isn't in the same market as the S4 or HTC One. It isn't in the spec race. It's going after individualism. To give you more then a choice then Blue or White (etc..), to really make it "yours". Plus its made in the USA which I like.

    I will always take more choices over little choice. That's why I am still with Android.
  16. nickdalzell

    nickdalzell Android Expert

    Last time I remember something like this was when the HTC Mytouch came out. They did have a deer theme for them but holy heck it was expensive
  17. bjacks12

    bjacks12 Android Expert

    Wood sounds awesome, hopefully it's treated well enough so that it doesn't expand or contract in humid environments.
  18. AntimonyER


    I don't think we could ever have too many choices. It is my favorite part about the Moto X, and I hope more follow suit.
  19. UncleMike

    UncleMike Android Expert

    My feelings exactly. Until they make a phone with Nextel-like durability, I'll be covering it with an Otterbox Defender, in which case anything more than 1 variation is overkill. It's a phone for crying out loud, not fashion accessory or status symbol.
  20. MoodyBlues

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    I'm with you--I've written lovingly about my OtterBox Defender cases. :D

    It's funny--I don't actually use my smartPHONE as a phone. Well, rarely. I use it for playing games, doing other non-call related stuff, always connected to my wireless network...but I get NO reception at all when I'm at home (thanks AT&T--so much for your great coverage!) so using it as an actual phone doesn't usually happen. :rolleyes:

    I have to admit my curiosity has been piqued by the idea of this particular phone, what with all its options and everything. But in the end, since I'd put it in an OtterBox Defender...
  21. MoodyBlues

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    Yep, me too.

    Good points, and I agree.

    Same here--and it's also why I only use Linux. Choice, choice, choice--and none of that proprietary, NO! you can't modify the kernel!, limited to ONE desktop (that's so 1960s), nonsense that goes with M$. :laugh:
  22. divinebovine

    divinebovine Android Expert

    FYI: You are not limited to one desktop.
  23. nickdalzell

    nickdalzell Android Expert

    Moody you should actually love the 60s. That was the decade UNIX came to be.

    I think she meant by 'desktop' having more than one per user. Not separate user accounts. Aka, compiz cube
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  24. MoodyBlues

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    WITHOUT doing anything extra? Okay, I didn't know M$ had stolen that concept yet. After all, built-in multiple desktops have been part of *nix since its inception--DECADES ago. :D

    Here's a glimpse of what we've been able to do on Linux for years; each face of the cube displays another desktop:


    And since I don't care enough about anything window$ does, since all they do is copy--BADLY--ideas from other OSes, I have no idea if the window$ version of 'multiple desktops' allows customization as Linux does. Such as separate wallpaper, themes, widgets, etc., per desktop.

    ETA: This link is a few years old, but still pertinent; it shows some Linux stuff that window$ [probably] couldn't and [most likely] still can't do.
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