This was probably my favorite find from the CTIA show floor. This quirky little company from Portland Oregon is producing some of the most unique phone and tablet covers I’ve seen in a while. Using real wood and leather, and combined with a mild adhesive, you can cloak your device in a durable shell which will prevent scratches and provide the device a very unique look.
Toast laser cuts and engraves each piece for outstanding fit and finish. This gives them tremendous flexibility in developing covers for new devices, and for etching designs onto their gear. Customers can also have their own custom artwork etched onto covers. These natural materials feel really good in the hand and add a little extra grip, making your electronics easier to hold, while (thankfully) adding very little bulk to the device.
Cases are currently available for the iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Pro, and Galaxy S3. While it’s not unlikely that we’ll see GS4 cases soon, Toast can deliver custom covers for pretty much any device with publicly available dimensions and measurements.
Toast is made up of a small team of only six people. Their products are manufactured in Portland. All of their materials (with the exception of the bamboo covers) are sourced in the United States, and their facility is powered entirely by renewable energy. It’s geeky, modern, unique, and environmentally conscious.
If there’s one compromise to be made here, these covers aren’t designed to be reusable. The cover adheres to the device, and the shell is built to be durable and long lived. Toast uses a strong adhesive to execute that, and while that adhesive wont leave any residue or damage your device, it will almost certainly wreck the cover while trying to remove it. A small price to pay in my opinion for a premium experience.
See, these are the kinds of companies I love finding. These little gems that offer a premium solution with a unique vibe. This aesthetic wont feel like any bumper or sleeve case people are familiar with. I like that moment when people see something, even something as simple as a case, they’ve never seen before.
Check out their gear at http://www.ToastMade.com