As nice as it is to look at the iPhone 4′s glass back, the fact is that it wouldn’t really take much for it to break. Countless stories have been posted online by people who have experienced this heart breaking ordeal. So what do you do if you neither want a case that’ll hide the elegant design of the phone nor risk damaging its back side? Enter Material6, a company that specializes in turning the back panel of your iPhone 4 into carefully hand-crafted wood. Yes, wood!
Using actual iPhone parts, Material6 handcrafts each wooden back plate one at a time. The finishes are comparable to what you would expect on a high-end hardwood floor and the quality is just unbelievable. There are 3 finishes currently available (South American Rosewood, Lacewood and White Ash Burl), with the promise of more to come in the near future.
Replacing your stock iPhone glass back with one of the offerings from Material6 is extremely easy. Simply follow the 3 step instructional diagram and you’re done. In personal tests, it took me on average 90-120 seconds from beginning to end. Quick, easy and painless. For those of you who are worried about voiding warranties, don’t be. Since you are replacing the entire back panel and using the original screws from your phone, you can easily re-install the glass back and there’d be no trace of it ever having been modified.
Using the iPhone 4 with the new wooden back feels just as good, if not a bit better than the glass. Heat distribution does not seem to be an issue; no hot areas or increase in the temperature with frequent usage. One thing I do notice however, is that with the finish on the wood, the back can be a bit slippery at times because it’s so smooth.
After 3 weeks of use, I’ve found it to be surprisingly durable. No cracks, scratches or noticeable wear and tear to speak of since I put it on. Being made of wood, it seems to do a better job of absorbing shocks. In addition, thanks to the finish, it’s relatively scratch resistant. On a personal note, I also feel “safer” with the wooden back on my iPhone 4. I have since ditched my case (primarily used to protect the glass back), which was something I’d never have done before my Material6 accessory arrived.
The cost of each of the wooden back panels is currently $89 (USD). Now to some that might seem a bit steep, however, once you realize that you’re replacing an entire backside with one that is handcrafted out of high quality wood and made to fit perfectly, the price seems a lot more reasonable. Not to mention that by using your Material6 back panel, you are saving the original glass back from being damaged, which you’ll now always have available as a backup.
One last thing I’d like to mention is that in the very near future, customers will be able to have their back panels engraved. Using a tool that can engrave details so fine, you’ll need a magnifying glass to read. They are currently in the midst of collaborating with artists of all types to put together some great offerings for customers – so you’ll definitely want to keep your eye out for that.
Material6′s do-it-yourself wooden back plate is a very nice alternative to Apple’s own glass back design. Not only are they beautiful, but they also ensure that you won’t suffer from potential broken glass due to drops or plain carelessness. If you want to impress your friends or simply enjoy tricking out your iPhone 4, I’d highly recommend you take a good look over at material6.com. Their products are innovative, very well made and reasonably priced, especially considering the quality you’re getting.
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