ToastMade HTC One M8 Ash Skin
While scouring the internet I found a review for the ToastMade Wood Cover for the Acer Chromebook. I loved the real wood look and feel, so I decided to reach out for a review item. Well today, I’m taking a look at the ToastMade Wood Cover for the HTC One M8. The packaging for the ToastMade cover is very simplistic. You get an envelope with a couple of different plastic bags stapled to the edges of the envelope. The first thing you see within the envelope is the back cover for the M8 itself, and underneath of that, are the covers for the buttons on the M8, and a very strong smelling wipe.
When you unfold the packaging envelope, you will see the installation instructions on how to install the ToastMade cover onto your M8. The adhesive for the ToastMade cover is a long lasting 3M adhesive, that simply peels and sticks to your device. Once you’re ready to install the ToastMade cover to the M8, be sure to clean the back and sides of the M8 with the included alcohol wipe, and dry the device with a microfiber cloth.
Before peeling anything, I would recommend doing a “test-installation” so that you can double check the alignment. After making sure that you can line up all of the various openings on the back of your device, you can begin to peel the backing paper away from the ToastMade skin itself. ToastMade suggests that you begin peeling the backing paper away from the thin wings, and moving your way to the thicker portion of the ToastMade cover.
After adjusting the ToastMade cover, to ensure that the cover is aligned correctly, begin to press down on the cover so that the adhesive sticks to your HTC One M8. I noticed a small square in the center of the cover, this is to protect the HTC logo from getting damaged from the adhesive tape, should you ever remove the ToastMade skin.
As this is bulkier then a skin, it is a lot more difficult to align correctly. I had to spend a good 10 mins lining up and pressing down. I have read that the charging port part can break easily and true to form I broke it. So be aware this can be very delicate in places.
I was worried that the wood would be easily damanged or dented with overuse, but I was surprised to find how durable it was. I’ve dropped it on my desk at home, my desk at work, and even had keys in my pocket along with it. Not a single dent or scratch was made. Though I wouldn’t recommend throwing your phone around, this skin does offer a good level of protection and can take a beating.
After a couple of weeks the skin shows no signs of giving up and still no signs of damage. The corners are picking up fluff from my pocket, which means that I may not have aligned it 100% correctly, but this is my fault and not of the manufacturers.
I had read there was an initial problem with the adhesive when you try to remove the skin, but I have seen this issue has since been resolved and should be a worry for anyone.
All in all, the ToastMade cover is secured onto my HTC One M8, and I have no plans to remove it anytime soon. I haven’t had a need to remove the cover, so I haven’t run into any problems with the ToastMade cover on my M8. But I have read that removal is easy to do with a hair dryer and patience.
Head on over to the ToastMade site, using the link below, to check out all the different variants of covers for all different types of devices.
Checkout the Toastmade links below:
See their Android range here – http://www.toastmade.com/HTC_One.html
Checkout their HTC One M8 page here – http://www.toastmade.com/HTC_One.html