I first saw Toast at CES earlier this year; they make wooden covers for most iDevices and the Galaxy S3. The iPhone is a slick piece of hardware; it’s slim, smooth and very beautifully designed. The problem is that most people cover their phone with the biggest, ugliest, thickest piece of crap they can find. Toast has solved all of that. They made a cover that gracefully brings the true beauty out of your iPhone.
The best thing about Toast is that they make their covers right in Portland Oregon USA. This is almost unheard of when it comes to cases. Almost everything is plastic and comes from china, who knows if they have lead or what other hazardous materials they could be made with. Not only are they made here, but they are made out of renewable energy and they donate one percent of sales to environmental non-profits. Let’s see some cheap Chinese case company say that!
Toast made covers come in 3 different woods, bamboo, walnut and ash. I have both the Ash and the Walnut covers. The grain of the wood shows through with the laser carvings, and the edges are “toasted” tastefully to perfection. It fits snugly about 1/16 of an inch to the sides of the rear glass, just enough to make sure you don’t accidentally snag the wood’s edge. They have a cutout for the camera and the flash. I was worried about blue jeans staining the cover from repeated use, after using my phone with an ash cover for a few weeks I have noticed no staining at all. The wood still looks as good as new.
The wood is a smooth but grainy in texture; it gives a nice feel to the phone. The texture also allows the phone to be stable on smoother surfaces than just the glass by itself. Having a laser engraved cover adds a bit more grain and texture. The laser cut edges feel nice, and if not for the grain of the wood it would be hard to tell the covers there. The cover is very thin, about 1/16th of an inch.
I’ve been using the cover for about a month now; I’m really surprised how the cover is holding up. It hasn’t changed color, cracked, peeled, splintered or anything. So far it looks like the day I got it in the mail. The durability of the wood material hasn’t definitely proven itself beyond my expectations.
Now the Toast made covers aren’t really meant for protection, but are more for minimalistic good looks. It’s thin wood, and it covers just the center of the glass area on the back. Now with the addition of the Toast Edge Wraps, or even better the Apple Bumpers should give you more than enough protection. I’ve dropped my phone 3 times in the past month, and 2 of the times it landed on the cover itself. One of the times it was dropped onto a blunt/rounded object. To my surprise my phone had no damage. Both drops were about 3 feet from the ground. The cover shows no damage, and no signs of wear.
If you’re looking for an elegant cover to compliment your iPhone’s already minimalistic good looks, then there is no cover better than the Toast Made Wooden covers. I’ve already ordered another personalized one for myself. The cases are $25 dollar for blanks, 30 for a design, $5 for a design with custom text, and 60 for a fully custom one off design. They’re available now on Toastmade.com, I give the Toast iPhone 4S/5 Covers a 4.5 out of 5.