Aug 16 AT 8:59 AM Nick Sarafolean 10 Comments

Motorola reveals three new accessories for the Moto X

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The Moto X is all the rage right now so it stands to reason that Motorola would release some nice accessories to complement it. In fact, Motorola has revealed three ( and sort of a fourth) new accessories, and they all seem to have some sort of benefit. Without further ado, let’s begin.

Skip for Moto X

Skip is an interesting little accessory, the likes of which we haven’t seen before. Skip is actually a small, wearable accessory that clips onto your clothing and has an NFC chip embedded into it. So what does that NFC chip do? Well, it unlocks your phone when you tap them together. Yeah.


Anyway, the Skip costs $19.95 for that one little task, but in the words of the late, great Billy Mays, “That’s not all!” The Skip comes with (almost) another accessory called Skip dots. Skip dots are little fabric looking thingamajigs that essentially create what Motorola is calling a “trusted zone”. When in range of a known Skip dot, your phone will stay unlocked for you. These almost seem more useful than the Skip itself; you could put a Skip dot in your car or even better, on your desk, so that you wouldn’t have to fumble with entering your pattern or such when you’re just sitting there.

Skip Dot

Another small thing of note with the Skip: in the beginning, it will come free for those who choose to customize a Moto X through MotoMaker. And if it’s free, hey, it’s free stuff!

Navigation Dock by Griffin

Motorola has partnered with Griffin to create a couple of docks for the Moto X, the first being a car/navigation dock. It seems this is a standard windshield mount car dock. However, the dock is adjustable to work with different cases on the phone and will also enable hands-free car mode when you set your Moto X inside of it. The car dock is a bit pricey at $39.95 but we’re sure that it’ll serve its purpose well.


PowerDock by Griffin

This final accessory, the PowerDock, is also made by Griffin and is a pretty bare-bones charging dock. You simply set your phone onto a micro-USB port built into the dock and it charges. There is a little support stand on the dock that keeps the Moto X at a pretty steep upright angle so that you can still see the screen easily. The stand is also slightly adjustable and can hold cases up to 2mm thick. It retails for $39.95 and comes in a black and white color.


Those are the three new accessories for the Moto X. Although they’re a bit pricey, they all seem to have their uses, and we’re happy to see that Motorola already has accessories for the Moto X available. With this Griffin partnership, we’ll hopefully see other Griffin-made accessories down the road.

In the meantime, what do you think of these accessories? Would you buy any of them?

Source: Motorola, (2), (3), (4)

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • alexanderharri3

    I’m sure there would be a way to do it with NFC hotel keys or Samsung’s TecTiles, possibly without root (recovery apps like cerberus can disable or enable lockscreens once granted initial permission), definitely with root. It just takes a mind that can code it up and release it for the masses. At the moment, Samsung’s built in wait X time after screen off to lock is working well enough.
    I’m not personally sold on the idea since someone stealing your phone can tap it to you to unlock it.

  • Nate B.

    The dots part makes sense and is neat. The skip part seems out of the way actually. Pointless. I guess it skips the unlock part? I want to see it in action.

  • David D

    Yes, they have stated that if you lose the Skip/Skip Dots that you simply unpair them and they become useless.

  • donger

    They are trying something new with this phone.

  • Jon

    As nice as skip sounds I think I would rather stick to the manual unlock method and save $20. Why bother getting a clip that serves one purpose and also adds to the number of things for me to carry around. I think $20 is too much for a clip that doesn’t do a whole lot.