Mobile devices are dominated by metal, glass and plastic. But a small outfit out of Portland, Oregon, USA is trying to bring mankind’s original manufacturing material to the party. The good folks over at Toast are gaining a name for themselves by providing sustainable, hand-crafted and precision-cut real wood covers for phones, tablets, laptops and wearables. They’ve recently added a cover for the Google Nexus 6 into their growing list of products. Toast creates four different wood covers for the Google Nexus 6 to suit any tastes; walnut, ash, bamboo and ebony. Toast sent us an ebony wood cover for the Google Nexus 6 to review and I put it through its paces.
For the Nexus 6, installation is straightforward and simple, but I would caution anyone ready to proceed to skip that extra cup of coffee, and follow the included instructions very carefully. Toast uses a 3M adhesive backing that is designed to make a semi-permanent bond that should stand the test of time…. and may not be forgiving to any ham-fisted fumblings. Like the old carpenter’s expression, check the alignment and fit twice before removing the protective backing and applying the cover. You’ve only got one shot at this, so make it count. Once applied, removal is no simple task and you could risk damage to the cover if you fail to take care, even if partially applied. The end result is a cover that feels as much a part of the phone as the back panel that it is applied on. Luckily, the cutouts for both the camera, Motorola logo and small microphone port are precisely cut and should provide an excellent guide.
There’s something to be said about the feel of premium wood. It makes me wonder why more manufacturers don’t consider using woods in their products. For a product that is only months old, it feels vintage and premium. And don’t worry if you find yourself running your fingers over the grain constantly. Unlike the original back cover, which shows every smudge and fingerprint, the wood’s finish is resilient and gets better with age. Over time, the oils in you hand combined with the normal wear and tear of use should only add to the character of the cover, creating a patina that only natural materials can pull off. After a couple of days, I realized that I had not bothered to wipe off the back of my Nexus.
A word of caution: unlike covers for devices like the LG G3, the Toast cover for the Nexus 6 leaves the metal frame exposed and does not provide protection against scratches or impacts. Those with soft cases may find that they can still fit, but hard shell cases with tighter tolerances may not fit properly. But why would you want to cover something that looks this beautiful?
For anyone looking to add a unique and elegant touch to their phone, head on over to Toast and customize one of their covers to suit your needs. You won’t be disappointed.