So November is here, the month of gunpowder, treason, and plot – Thanksgiving if you’re across the pond – and Black Friday seemingly everywhere now. It’s also a reminder to me that I’ve had this little toy in my possession for a year now, and it’s about time that I put my thoughts down on paper.
Following on from my recent review of the Hush, here’s one that’s long overdue.
My favourite vibrator of all time has to be the We-Vibe Salsa / Tango. It’s a pocket-sized powerhouse which delivers unbelievably intense deep rumbly vibrations, and is almost unrivalled in the realm of bullet vibes. Right from the moment I got one my only thought was “if only they could put the motor from this into a prostate massager; surely I’d be in heaven,” so when We-Vibe announced their new Ditto last year I was on the edge of my seat.
The main bulb of the toy is only 3” in length, with a 3 ¾” circumference around the widest point, and it features a slightly curious shape. From one angle it looks like a traditional plug design, but then rotate it 90 degrees and it’s completely flat on the back, like a butt plug that’s been cut in half. The result is that you get that rounded protruding portion facing towards the prostate, while the flat reverse helps to reduce the overall girth. The bulb has a tiny neck measuring only 1 ¾” around, which connects to a generous base below. The base sits up against the perineum, anchoring the Ditto securely outside the body, and including both the power button and magnetic charging port. Interestingly the base is completely perpendicular to the bulb of the toy, giving it a distinctly “L” shape, rather than being angled to force the bulb against the prostate as seen in many similar toys.
How the Ditto performs is actually a bit of a mixed bag, rather confusingly. Through the 11 or so months I’ve had it I’ve naturally tried it out several times, and I’ve struggled to settle on a final position on how I feel about it. On some occasions the plug feels pretty great, and on others it feels entirely lacklustre; the question is why? It is the same plug after all, the same size, the same shape, the same power, why doesn’t it deliver consistent sensations? The conclusion I’ve reached is that the performance of the Ditto depends largely on what you do in the preceding time. If I haven’t used any toys anally for a while before I try out the Ditto, then it appears to perform really rather well, but if I’ve been regularly using other toys – especially larger toys – then somehow the vibrations of the Ditto get lost almost entirely and the whole experience feels rather poor. The does present a bit of a tricky situation, because if you’re a beginner and the Ditto is your first toy then it’s going to be great, but for anyone who enjoys – or plans to enjoy – more active butt-play in their life, then there’s going to be large swathes of time where the Ditto just can’t effectively be used. I can only imagine that because of the Ditto’s small size, adequate prostate contact becomes paramount to its effectiveness, and if your prostate becomes accustomed to firm pressure, or being relocated slightly in one direction, then it diminishes what the Ditto is able to achieve. This theory seems to be somewhat supported by the fact that the Ditto appears to perform better when you’re already significantly aroused, for example if you’ve been edging for a prolonged period and the prostate is well primed to initiate an ejaculation.
The big question with any wireless toy is what the range is like, and this is unfortunately where the Ditto falls down. Provided you remain completely naked the toy will stay connected to your phone or the remote, but as soon as you put on some underwear and a pair of trousers it starts to have signal problems, even with your phone placed in one of your trouser pockets. For me half the fun of having a wireless phone-operated toy is the possibility of wearing it while out and about, and activating it at will, but when it constantly disconnects that causes problems. One major flaw is the fact that it won’t automatically reconnect, and has to be manually paired with the phone again on every occasion. Imagine a situation where you’re using the Ditto, you suddenly want to turn it off to avoid someone noticing the vibration sounds, only to discover that it’s disconnected, and the only way to operate it again is to reach into your pants and hold down the power button. Rather facilitating a fun and slightly naughty experience, it’s more likely to send you into a panic, and it almost defeats the entire point of the feature.
The Ditto is a tricky one for me to wrap up, because ultimately I am disappointed in it, but I also see its merits. The lack of power it has compared to the Tango, the fact that it doesn’t deliver consistent sensations, and all the issues with the wireless connection make it a bit of a damp squib to me. I had such high hopes, such high expectations, and ultimately it fell far short. On the other hand there are things it does well; it’s well made, attractive, the app is functional and easy to navigate, it has a good selection of patterns, it’s whisper quiet. If you’re a beginner who wants a small toy, which doesn’t need to be excessively powerful, but still has good quality vibrations, and who doesn’t plan to wear it out of the house, then the Ditto could actually be a great toy for you. The stumbling block for me is the price-tag. When last I checked it was selling for £110, and for that sort of money I’d want it to do it all. For that sort of money I couldn’t tolerate the flaws. Ultimately that’s going to be a choice for you the consumer though. I don’t want to discourage We-Vibe too much, because for a first attempt at a vibrating plug it’s not a bad effort. I’d love to see them come back with something a little bigger, with the full power of the Tango, and with those connectivity problems properly ironed out. Do that and they’d be onto a winner, I’m certain of it.