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Toast Wood Cover for Nexus 5 Hands-on and Overview

After posting that the Toast wood cover for the Nexus 5 had gone live, we saw a lot of requests for a hands-on tour, so here it is. The cover is made of Walnut which is harvested in the good ol’ US of A, which is then cut, packaged, and shipped right from Portland, OR. We were able to spend some time inside the Toast facility a bit ago, so be sure to check out our tour right here. 

Applying the wood skin is simple enough – all you do is peel off the wood skins from the adhesive paper and then slap the skin on the phone. Once applied, you have a short amount of time to make adjustments to the placement, just in case you didn’t get it 100% right. Once you are sure it’s properly placed, you can start pressing nice and hard on the skin and it will be stuck on there for good. But don’t worry, the skins are quite easy to remove if you so choose and the nice thing is that it won’t leave messy residue once removed.

The skin is cut up into different sections, plus each button has its own wood sticker. If you don’t wish to put on the sides or want to leave a few buttons naked, you can do so. It also comes with a skin for the camera’s glass protector, but I left it off on mine because I like the contrast of the black on the wood.

The case costs $30 no matter which wood you choose (Walnut, White-washed Ash, Ebony, or Bamboo), but for an extra $5, you can have custom text burned onto the wood. It’s a great way to personalize your cover, and plus, it smells really good when burned.

Have questions? Shoot them down below. Want to buy one? Go here.


  • Linda Mitchell

    Thanks for the video. I’m interested in getting this cover when I buy my new phone.

  • dk1golf

    This what my htc one looks like without sides and front…

  • Alexander Ruiz

    Here is the wallpaper in an even higher res. http://goo.gl/J4pCtH

  • Mitch Ware

    Anyone know what clock widget he has on the homescreen? Is that DashClock? I can’t tell.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Even though Motorola doesn’t use real Ebony or Walnut woods and use pine or something else. It feels smoother because they strengthen and seal the wood. Two step process. First goes into the wood and is sanded super smooth. Second coat is to totally seal the wood. Should resist water and other liquid stains. I like this DIY option, but am waiting to see if the new Red feels as cheap as the white. I hope not.

  • Dt Bell

    thats a hairbear too rich for my blood, @ $30 I’d be worried about dropping it.

  • Henrique Ayres

    Where can I download this wallpaper?

  • GJV

    LG G2 case from Toastwood coming in mid-February according to Twitter

  • Brian

    Anyone has the wallpaper?

  • NexusMan

    Don’t like it. Prefer Moto Maker.

    • Guest

      Motorola’s wood feels fake (except the bamboo one)

      • NexusMan

        It’s coated. And feels good to me. And unlike this, it LOOKS good too. (I suppose Granite counter tops feel fake too, but that’s not a deterrent from me getting one).

  • bojackson

    It doesn’t look good to me.

  • Alex Goings

    I would buy one if it were snap on. I don’t like that it is stick on.

  • za

    whats the wallpaper?

  • Miguel Casis

    I love that background where can I find it?

  • nathanp8

    I bought one of these backs for my VZW Moto X. I love it. I agree with Tim. It has grooves.

  • Ahku Droid

    Nice, it also has them for the Moto X. That solves my hate of the Developer Edition being white. Maybe I won’t wait for the Moto X.2 and pick one up during the sale.

    On another note, it seems I have to be in mobile Chrome to post comments here. I don’t see a place to log in on the PC version of Chrome.

  • jak_341

    Good review. You may have just sold either an ebony or whitevash for my GNote.

  • Nayners

    Thanks for the video, Tim. But I’m sorry, It just doesn’t look good. Bad install or not, It just looks…ugly. Too many seams, white showing through, and that thing has got to be a lint magnet. No thanks. To each his/her own, though.

    • MJ

      I agree, I would also like to see how this holds up over time. Considering the normal handling of a phone, I wonder how the wood would take a beating. Unless it had a thick coat of lacquer or something, I see it getting chipped and scratched up a lot over time.

      • master94

        Their cases last very long, I think it was a bad install plus being a prototype, it would make sense that the size is a bit off. I have the one for the One and it covers perfectly.

        • MistaButters

          My only worry is even the one used on their site has gaps.

  • dk1golf

    I bought one of these for my htc one in walnut. I only put the back piece on didn’t apply the side pieces, buttons, etc. I really like it. Added bonus is that it covers the Verizon and Beats Audio logos.

  • Philip J. Fry

    Thanks for the review, Tim. Going to be picking this up for my N5 asap.

  • 15kramsmada15

    Hate to be *that guy* but, do you have the link for your wallpaper you used in the video?

  • EC8CH

    Too many seams…. looks janky.

  • Kane Desousa

    The “faux” speaker is a microphone, lol

  • PPC

    Does not look appealing at all. Not a fan of stickers because it always look gimmicky. It will also destroy your resell value.

    • Since you can easily remove the cover you shouldn’t worry about not being able to resell the device.

      • PPC

        Gotcha, thanks for the info. You thinking about picking one up?

        • Yup, I have one. I made the video 🙂

          • PPC

            Ha ha ha im such a dummy. Love your site but not the case so much.

      • ROB

        Sell? Blasphemy

  • Droid Ronin

    Funny how you guys are announcing the red Nexus 5 the same time as Nexus 5 wood backs. So many decisions…

  • Bob G

    So…… fake wood vinyl?

    Is this the equivalent of giving your phone Viagra?

  • Wood has imperfections and groves. LOL Tim. Wood has grain.

    • And grain…it has it all! 🙂

      • You too funny. I think I laugh the most at you on the droid life shows. LOL. No disrespect.

  • Blue Sun

    Thanks Tim! I can’t wait to check the hands on video when I get home from work (YouTube blocked at the office).

  • Look like the camera area is to low. I assume instalation caused that and not the machine cutting it.

    • Any issues or imperfections are either my fault or because the case I have is a prototype. If you buy it and install correctly, it will be just fine.

      • Nayners

        I dunno.. Doesn’t look like you did too bad. I think it’s the skin, not you. JANK’d!

  • John Legere

    That was quick. Thanks Tim! Can’t wait to get one.

    • Alisan_C

      Thinking the same 🙂

    • Junaid Ansari

      Are you really John Legere? If so… HI! Bring T-Mobile to Canada

      • John Legere

        I am not. You can find him on Twitter.

        • Mitch Ware


  • Boblank84

    thanks, think i will check this out. Been using a neo hybrid that i really like, but ready for a change.

    • Blue Sun

      I got a cheap Cruzerlite shortly after I bought the phone just to hold me over for a nicer case like this. I think some of those early designed cases were based off of renders.

    • Maxim∑

      I also have the neo hybrid, I think spigen makes the best cases

  • jamdev12

    DAMN!!! That’s a lot of wood.

    • Droid Ronin

      That’s what she said.

  • Mark2134

    Watching comments. 🙂

    • You like seeing jokes made about wood, do ya? Sicko. 😛

      • Mark2134

        Bwhahaha well played sir. 🙂