I got the Ditto about a month ago, curious to try things out that might help the hard of hearing.
The Ditto is an alerting devices for phone calls (I rarely do the phone), incoming texts, email and more. It has a good, strong vibrate for such a little thing and it has several options of vibrating patterns. I had a few people ask me why I wanted to try this because our phones alert us in several ways. So here’s my deal…
My phone is always silenced. Any noise that I can hear from any distance is going to be LOUD and obnoxious. When it’s that loud, it scares me half to death when it goes off. I have a flash alert set instead which works when I’m near the phone and remember to place it face down so I can see the flash. If I’m out and about, it’s in my purse or in a pocket unless I’m expecting a text then I’ll carry it in my hand, hopefully face down to see the flash. This makes me pretty attached to my phone and my hands full at times. It might be nice having the Ditto but I didn’t expect to like it much because it is Bluetooth and drains the battery on my phone.
I tried it out driving to the SayWhatClub convention in Boise at the beginning of August. I kept it plugged into the car charger. It was nice to know when texts were coming in and I knew to look when I stopped. Then I wore it the next day because I kind of liked not having my phone in my hands all the time. I tried it in the pool (it’s water proof) at the hotel. It seemed to lose the bluetooth connection and the ‘tether’ alert would go off. (Tether is an alert designed to tell you when you are too far away from your phone or forgot it somewhere.) That night I went out on the Boise Brew Cruise I kept it on (charging my phone before I left). The cruise took us to 3 Boise brew pubs and my phone and the Ditto kept up.
So I started wearing the Ditto more because at the convention not only do I have my family/friends texting as normal but we attendees also start texting each other for information on activities and such. I’m also charging my phone a lot more but I don’t mind because it’s useful for me.
At home I continued to wear it because I liked not carrying my phone around with me. I wore it at work so I didn’t get behind on texts, mostly what’s going on at home and things can happen fast at home. Yesterday I forgot to take it to work with me and I missed it. I’ll have to start tucking it into a purse pocket.
I don’t use it all the time because sometimes I like having a break from my phone or maybe I’m not doing anything more than watching TV so I can check my phone. I’m glad I have the device though, it’s frees my hands up and I can forget about my phone for a while confident I’ll get the alert.
The only time the vibrate freaked me out is when I was in the backyard with the bees. My husband has a hive of bees and bees can freak me out. The bees were thirsty, zooming back and forth in the yard looking for water. I was trying to get some toys out of the shed for my grandsons while keeping my cool. My tether alert went off and I did this freaky dance in the yard slapping at my collar-bone while turning a circle. It took me a few seconds to figure it was the Ditto and gather my wits again. It probably looked funny but the 5 yr old and 1 yr old didn’t catch the humor. They were just looking at me crazy like wondering what I was going to do next.
* Texting is my main mode of communication. I think in an average month I send and receive around 2,000 texts. My record is around 4,000 and that was about 4 years ago.