At first, the Moto Maker sounds like a brilliant idea. The chance to personalize your phone and really make it your own. Who doesn’t love individuality, Isn’t that why people get Tattoos, modify their cars and wear specific clothes and jewelry? It’s a form of self-expression, so being able to customize your phone a device that is with you almost everywhere you go seems logical. Why didn’t they think about this before?
Like a dragon tattoo running through someone’s back or a pink low rider at a car show is a personal representation of who they are. Chances are some will like it and some won’t. But what does this have to do with cell phones, a tattoo is part of your body a cell phone can be sold and be forgotten. That’s the problem right there, my taste may differ from yours so selling a phone that has been made for you will attract less buyers. In fact, depending on how radical the phone has been configured, chances are you may have trouble selling it. You will have to find a buyer that agrees with the color combinations or materials (wood) that you selected.
Goodbye Resell Value
But where I see this being a really bad idea is the “Sign Your Design” section. A step where the Moto X encourages you to personalize it even further by adding a unique name or message to your phone. Sure you don’t have to add anything and keep it blank, but you’re in that moment that you will forget that one day your going to want to sell it and nobody will want your “I LOVE MOM” signature. In fact, I’ve heard plenty of horror stories from people trying to sell their Apple iPod but couldn’t because they had a special engraving on it. This is something most people won’t realize at the time of making their phone. The last thing on your mind is “will I be able to sell this later”. Your best bet is to buy a case and express yourself that way. In fact, cases are nice because you can change them when you want. Also many times a case can add to the resell value of a phone. So unless you plan to keep the phone forever it may be best to keep it neutral. After all, when was the last time you heard a car manufacture say that green was the top-selling color of a specific car, just my .02 cents.