This weekend, I’ve been giving the Verio Sync a trail run to find out its little ins and outs and to see how it compares to the Verio IQ. The major difference between the two is that the IQ has to be uploaded to a computer for data analysis, whereas the Sync does what the name implies and syncs to an iPod, iPhone, or iPad. So far, I have a few opinions about the new little system so I thought I’d share them here in sort of a pros and cons and an additional procon list (just one or two points that aren’t fully pros but aren’t fully cons). Granted, these are after only using the meter for 3 days, so opinions are subject to change.. and if they do, I’ll let ya know.
- The Bluetooth in which it operates to connect to the iPhone app can be easily turned on or off, so you can choose to sync and import BGs at one certain time of day and save on battery. And, when you decide to sync, you can do so as long as the meter is within 10 feet. But, sorry, it doesn’t automatically open the app on your phone when you test. (But I don’t’ think that’s a OneTouch issue.. I think that’s an Apple restriction because the same is in place for iBGStar as well.)
- If you do just import once per day, you can simply go through and tap a few times and tag every reading imported.
- The app can be used with or without the meter, and it has a hand-written look to the ones you’ve manually entered, so you can know with a glance which were imported and which were added by you (say, from another meter).
- Even though it syncs to an iDevice, you can still upload via the charge port on the side for those of you who do not have an iDevice or want/need to upload your meter into the OneTouch software (sold separately).
- The meter uses Verio test strips, so if you’re already using the Verio IQ, no need to get a new RX! YAY!
- The lighted port. While this is not something new to the Verio and I’m oh so very thankful for it, I did notice at night that it didn’t seem so bright. And, upon putting the Sync and IQ side-by-side, the Sync is noticably dimmer. This may not seem like a big deal, but I liked how the IQ seemed to light things up a bit better to be seen at night. But, I’m glad they kept it and didn’t ditch it like the color screen.
- The Reveal app. It’s lacking somewhat.. okay,… a lot. First off, there is no easy way to export the logbook. So, once you’ve done all of your hard work of logging, you have to mess around with it and try to figure out how to export it. And not just in a phone snapshot, which in some places is how it gets sent. I can do that on my own using the power and home button of the iPhone. It took conversations between Leighann and Kim and myself to figure it out, and Leighann was the one who did. Apparently, since they didn’t include an oh-so-simple “Export” button, there’s a gesture you have to do.. tap the 14-day bar (the one color coded with the low/in-range/high colors) on the main screen of the app and it will take you to your 14-day history of results. From there, press and hold your thumb down on the screen and select share. You’re then given the ability to share the last 14 days worth of glucose readings. I have yet to figure out how to share the entire logbook (like carbs, insulin, and exercise that can also be logged in). Also, there is no test-by-test graph like you see in other apps like MySugr or iBGStar. Just day-by-day, which looks like an ultra-skinny graph to give you an overall look of how each day went or you can select a Time of Day graph, that gives every reading of each day in columns of hours. So, while it’s great to see that maybe every day between 2-4pm, you’re going low or something like that, I like to see the individual days… to see the flow, which cannot be done. The graphs have good purpose and could help people who want to have a summarized way to see how you’re doing overall, but I guess I’m too technical and I want to see how things play out day by day sometimes too.
- Lack of history on the meter itself beyond your last reading. I mean, what is this? 1990? I understand the principle that the meter is supposed to sync to an iDevice so you can see the history there, but come on.. only allowing you to view the last reading on the meter is like going back to the old old oooooolllddd meters. I mean, at least give us one day’s worth of BG history to see.
- I think this one should sort of be a “duh” one, but don’t get the system if you don’t have or don’t plan to have an iDevice. The only way you can set the meter’s date and time is by syncing it with one.
- (And this bullet point is really just for t:slim users.) Currently, it does not work with t:connect. I’ve tried both in Bluetooth mode and Airplane mode of the meter and nope.. which those options probably didn’t make a difference because I think all of that stuff is disabled anyway when you plug the device in anyway. You can plug it in and the uploader will recognize it, but once it tried to retrieve the logs, it’s a no-go. Hopefully they’ll integrate this soon.
Do I like the meter? Yes, yes I do. But not as much as my beloved Verio IQ. I can upload my Verio IQ now to t:connect and see all that I need to see, and tagging is all too simple and something I’ve barely come to think about now. Quite honestly, I think the Sync a good little meter, but not one I’ll be using consistently until t:connect works with it. You have to be someone who is willing to use the iPhone app in order to utilize the app to it’s fullest. I’m someone who likes all of their data in one place, as well as have it easy to read and export. I think they have a good thing going here, but I think it needs a little work on the app side of things.
The Verio Sync is set to hit the shelves in the first quarter of 2014, and at a lower price of around $20 verses the Verio IQ’s shelf price of around $75.
The meter was sent to me by OneTouch’s marketing team to allow me to test it out and share my opinions in a review post here on Sugabetic.me. No other compensation of any sort was given for my opinions. Just the meter.