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Toast Wood Cover Now Available for the Nexus 5

Back when we wrote up our tour of the Toast cover factory, the only thing people wanted to know was when the Nexus 5 cover was going to be available. We can gladly say that the day has come, and anyone looking to grab a wood skin for their device can now do so through Toast’s website. 

I was sent a prototype of the case, and I have actually been surprised that I have not wanted to take it off of the device, since usually I like to keep my phones naked. The case feels nice on the device, and since the wood is burned during cutting and branding, the cover actually smells quite good. Even better than a taxi cab air freshener, depending on your feelings toward the smell of burnt wood.

Regardless of that, the skin is available in four different colors – there is a bamboo, walnut, white-washed ash, and ebony. You can also choose to add custom burnt text to the cover, which can add a bit of customization and personalization if you so desire.

The price of the skins start at $30 and then goes to $35 for custom text. Again, we are talking “Made in the USA” quality here. Definitely worth a look if you wanted to add a flare of wood to your Nexus 5. And if you don’t have a Nexus 5, they have plenty of other Android device options as well.

You can check out Toast’s Nexus 5 skins here.


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  • Jen

    I like mine naked too! But do you have any good ideas for ways to keep it safe without a phone-altering thing like a case? I got the Nexus 5 today and tried one in the store and just couldn’t do it…

  • tommy

    Damn I like that. Whoever doesn’t, isn’t American!

  • Lars Jeppesen

    Ordered!!! Nexus5 Black, Walnut

  • thePromoter

    I bought a wood skin the same day you guys did the tour after finding out that there was no N5 Toast case… if I just has waited a couple of days more…

  • therealjbriggs

    Love how it looks except for the close up with about 10 strands of hair caught in it. Looks painful!

  • Khaf

    Where’s the Note 3 love? I had a Nexus 5 and Note 2. The wife asks for a note 3 so I sell my Nexus 5 and get it. She then says she will stay with her G2. Later she says she wants the Note 3 again so I sell the Note to and her her the 3. In steps droid-life with the first toast cover article. Now I’ve sold my old phones but I really really want one of these covers. They have it for my Note 2 and Nexus 5 I sold.

  • Mark Aaron Collado

    Awesome. Now we just need some sort of waterproof Nexus 5 case

  • Demolition505

    I wonder if they will come out with etch design options in the future for the Nexus 5.

    • Team Toast

      We can do custom artwork or any of our stock designs. We just haven’t have time to design, cut and photograph them with our stock designs. We are working on this.

  • nabooska

    These look great, I’ve seriously been considering one for my Moto X as they are relatively inexpensive at $30.

  • John Legere

    If they put one out for the G2, I’ll buy it. Might not use it much, but it’s supporting good ol made in the USA.

    • Mike

      I emailed them and they answered immediately and said the G2 is top of their list and should be out mid February. I was specific about the Verizon version.

  • Rob

    I was really excited until I realized it’s a skin and not an actual case. Still looks pretty awesome though.

  • Humberto Hernandez

    OMG, it’s beautiful, it would be perfect with the nexus cutout.

    I need they to sell it tru amazon! I dont have credit card, but a lot of giftcard credit ready to be used!

  • Tony G.

    sweet, just bought one. ebony yo

  • Philip J. Fry

    Love it.

  • Aaron

    Any issues with wireless charging?

    • Boblank84

      would like to know this as well

      • palomosan

        I have this one and there’s no issues while wireless charging.

    • Philip J. Fry

      I highly doubt it.

      • palomosan

        Forget what I said, it’s just skins, for a moment I thought it was a real back cover.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Interesting. Though doesn’t exactly appeal to me in any way. We need a video review.

    • That can be arranged!

    • jak_341

      I agree. It’s hard to visualize what these are like with only pictures.

  • Detonation

    Probably better than what you get from Moto Maker. My walnut wood back was a very unnatural papery feel and the fake printed grain is very obvious. Exchanged it for Bamboo which actually looks (and is) real.

    • Alisan_C


    • Tony

      I thought they were actually real wood, but just stained to different colors. I’d be surprised if the grain is actually fake.

      • Detonation

        Per this article, “Walnut, Ebony and Teak are treated with their indicated finish to adjust the color and design“.

        After having one in hand, it’s pretty clear the grain/pattern is printed. There are no imperfections like real wood grains have. In addition, lots of people have bumps and bubbles on theirs, which looks like a bad application of the printed vaneer.

        • Tony

          Wow, that’s incredibly lame. Do all the various backs have the same grain pattern then?

          • Detonation

            No all the grains are different, I’m assuming they have a huge pattern to pull from. If you like the wood look it’s still probably the cheapest and cleanest looking option, I was just a bit disappointed that it wasn’t really as “natural” as advertised.

  • Jordan Harvey

    Do they have pictures of all the different types? I see where you can select it on the order form, but you think it would change the picture above? Website needs a refresh IMO.

    • I would agree on the site refresh. If you look at other products you can get a feel for the different colors of the wood.

  • Blue Sun

    I’m curious if you have hand any issues with the USB interface being difficult, mainly too tight to connect cords to the N5, with that bottom panel. I had had some issues with my Nexus 5 Cruzerlite case & certain USB cords. I’m totally interested in this case if the manufacturer can brand the Nexus logo on the back panel.

  • Dbdynsty25

    That looks terrible. Nice gaps w/ all the dust and hair particles on the bottom speakers closeup.

    • Alisan_C

      This is a prototype, you watch the pictures without reading the text?

      • Dbdynsty25

        I don’t really “watch” pictures…I look at them. And if the point of a post on a website is to promote said product, then it better look good…prototype or not. It looks terrible in whatever form it’s in currently and I will not purchase the product because of it.

        • The hair is just because I live with two big a$$ dogs. This doesn’t mean you will experience the same hell I live with everyday lol

          • Dbdynsty25

            I’ve got two short haired chihuahua that shed like hell. So I’m living in that hell currently. 🙂

          • Not that I don’t love my forever friends, but god they’re awful sometimes lol

          • John Legere

            I have 2 dogs and a cat, i can’t even leave the house without looking like one of them haha

          • I can’t even tell you how much I spend on stupid lint rollers. Costco bulk pack lol

          • Tony G.

            i’ve got two beagles and they pretty much camp out on the couch, bed and anywhere else I sit. dog hair palooza

        • Alisan_C

          i’m not a native english speaker.. but anyway

          that’s personal, de gustibus et coloribus non disputandum est 😉

          • Jeff718

            “colors of the taste, and it is not disputed”

            So says Google Translate.

          • Guest

            Of tastes and colours there is nothing to be disputed.

            One can like it, another won’t.. it’s all based on personal preference.

    • Steve B

      Agreed. Looks like garbage, but that’s just me. I don’t have a thing for wood backs like a lot of peeps.

  • Alisan_C

    Are they easy to remove I wonder ?

    because the video they show of the iPhone cover has another surface :/

    • Extremely easy to remove and they don’t leave any sticky residues. Simply peel them off when you don’t want them anymore.

      • Alisan_C

        I wondered because they say on the website there’s a different version for white and black :/ I sent an email but no answer

        • Give them a bit to respond, they’re probably getting swarmed today.

    • droidify

      My experience with using stick-on protectors/cases on soft touch rubber is bad. Each time I have tried it, removing the case ruined the rubber. Once it peeled/blistered the rubber. The other time I used a hair dryer and got it off but it was discolored. Maybe they have a better process but I wouldn’t ruin my phone until I saw some evidence that it can be removed. Edit: I see Tim’s reply now. Maybe they are using a more friendly adhesive.

      • Team Toast

        The Nexus 5 seems to have a thicker rubber, maybe over molded not painted on. We have attached and removed a bunch of covers in the development of our design and had no issues of it effecting the rubber at all. We chose an adhesive that gets a great bond to the rubber and yet peels off cleanly and with not too much effort.

        • droidify

          Well good. That is one assurance we get when buying American made. The R&D department exists and makes every effort to provide quality. Thanks for the reply.

  • JSo

    What is this fascination with wood all of a sudden? What is this the 80s?

    • col3rsc

      70s maybe but not the 80s.

      • JSo

        Well I was just thinking of all the wood paneling furniture, the station wagon and even the Atari from the 80s. lol

        • KOBALT

          Shitter’s full!

    • Alisan_C

      Customization, that’s what it’s all about…

      • JSo

        Everyone can like what they want. Just making an observation here. Wood decor becoming popular all of a sudden

        • Khaf

          I’ve liked things like this since I was 12. I’m 29 now.

    • Team Toast

      The dream of the 70’s is alive in Portland!

  • a7xchogan

    Any chance theyll update it within the next few days to burn the Nexus logo on the back or carve a hole out so you can see the nexus logo like they do for the iphone/other designs they have?

  • Derek Duncan

    jaw drops

  • Walter Partlo

    I wish that they did the same style backs for the moto X rather than just the back plate.

    • Team Toast

      Thanks for your input. We tried. The geometry of the X was not conducive to wraps. We may revisit and try again if we get a chance.

      • Walter Partlo

        Thanks for the response. Is there any chance that the Moto X covers can be cut to bevel the edges? The sharp edges kill the great feel of the Moto X back IMO. It is incredibly noticeable even on vinyl skins, but those wear down of the course of a week or so.

        • Team Toast

          We can’t bevel the edges with the laser cutter, if that is what you are asking. We do hand sand the edges to soften the edges, and the wood does round with time. The way the wood sits on the moto x back, I don’t feel that the edges are very noticeable.

          • Walter Partlo

            Cool, thanks for the response. I am going to have to get one now since my local place isn’t making one for the Moto X yet.