A smartphone is a very personal device. It’s an investment you will use daily and carry with yourself until it’s time to purchase a new one. Users don’t always look or feel the same, though. Shouldn’t smartphones adapt to your lifestyle and aestehtics? You don’t want a phone that looks just like everyone else’s.
Not many manufacturers give you the freedom to make your device really yours, but there are a few great options out there. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite ones and see which one convinces you.
The Moto X is about the most customizable smartphone in existence. This is thanks to Motorola’s innovative purchase system, Moto Maker, in which customers can design their own Moto X devices online.
You can choose between a black or white front, while the back has a plethora of colors to choose from (including wooden designs, which are awesome). You can even choose the accent on the buttons and camera. You can really make the device yours.
If that wasn’t enough, the phone is also a great device to own. It comes with high-end specs and features you won’t easily find in other devices. It’s the whole package in a body that you can design as you wish.
Moto G and Moto E
The Moto G and Moto E offer about the best bang for your buck in the mid-range smartphone market. It comes with fair specs and good performance, as well as $130 and $180 price tags, respectively. In fact, the Moto G has become Motorola’s most successful smartphone.
Turn the devices around and they look pretty sleek, but the devices hold a very special feature that customizing enthusiasts will love. The back covers can be taken off and replaced by one of the many options Motorola offers. You don’t need to stick with black or white!
You can also get Violet, Spearmint, Raspberry, Royal Blue and others. And the company even sells flip covers that completely replace the back cover, giving it a perfect fit on your Moto G.
When it comes to customizing a device on-the-go, nothing beats Google’s Project Ara. This is more than a concept, as the modular device is said to launch soon (2015). It may already be available by the time you read this.
The idea is that the phone would pretty much be a shell covered in modules, allowing you to select what specs and features the device sports. Really care about the camera? Get a badass sensor. If you are like me and don’t care about the camera at all, maybe we can get rid of that module altogether and get more battery life, instead.
These modules can also have different colors and designs on them. This is really a project we didn’t think would be even possible in the coming years. What seems like a science fiction device is now becoming a reality, though.
Xiaomi Mi 4
Xiaomi does a lot of things right, but they have gone above and beyond with the Mi 4‘s customizability. The back cover is removable, but that is not the fun part. Xiaomi has announced some alternative back covers you can install on your device. This is done on-the-go, by the way. You are not really “installing”.
They have all kinds of options. From wooden materials to leather, fabric and even cow skin. If you want your phone to be unique, the Xiaomi Mi 4 is one of the best options around. That is, if you can get your hands on one. Xiaomi devices always sell out in seconds.
Samsung Galaxy S5
OK, so Samsung doesn’t actually offer a lot of physical customizability for its smartphones. At least not officially, but the Samsung Galaxy S5 is among the most popular in the world and the back can be removed. This translates into a plethora of manufacturers offering third-party back covers.
All it takes is a quick Amazon search to find a long list of available back covers for your Samsung Galaxy S5.