Been using the new Omnipods for a few weeks now and very impressed. Only time will tell for reliability but no issues with filling/priming/starting so far.
The new pods really are noticeably smaller and are definitely easier to get a wetsuit over - the adhesive seems to hold up better after prolonged immersion too. Reduced mass of the pods was also noticeable for the first couple of days, particularly when running and cycling on rough terrain. Coloured canula is also a nice touch and makes it far easier to check for problems.
Only downside so far is that they're way harder to get into; probably not an issue for most but I like to break 'em apart for recycling - needle & canula in sharps bin of course.
As for the PDM, physically there's no change other than the colour; it's now black. As for firmware, the only changes I've spotted so far are:
1. ID confirmation prompt at waking: when waking from sleep the PDM asks you to confirm that you're you - you have to give the PDM an ID at setup to facilitate this. I guess this is to avoid inadvertent swapping of PDMs if there's a gaggle of podders around.
2. Additional extended bolus options; think I spotted something about this in the manual but may be wrong. Will check again.
As for other features/changes, the blister packs are slimmer thus making it easier to carry spares. Also, filling needles are MUCH shorter to accommodate the thinner form of the pods.
That's all I can think of for now but I'm happy to answer question from anyone that's interested.
'gaggle of podders'.... LOL:)
I strongly recommend cats to stay out of this sofisticated discussion..... :-)
Does anyone know if the "screeching" of the pods with pod errors occurs in the new ones? It doesn't happen often but I cannot stand when it does! And if you're saying it's harder to get the new ones apart, no bueno.
There is a hole under the pod to stop it screaming, through a metal wire you push it.
The manual (I'm in the US so haven't seen one yet) says that the vibration alert does not apply to critical warnings, so my guess is that the whine still happens in the various termination conditions.
It's not going to be much consolation but at the age of 52 I can hardly hear it.
You are right. Comparing the old with the new manuals I don't see any difference re alarms.
At age 51 I agree with you!
I may have missed this but to our friends "over the pond" using the new pods, which BG meter is built into the new PDM? Has the Freestyle been replaced?
No, the lifescan verio strips will come in 2013, but no FDA or CE submission yet ...
True. Still Freestylin'