Hey dishers, I have been on the OmniPod for over a year now after 25 years of MDI. I didn't want tubing either. I just didn't like the idea of being attached to tubing and having to arrange it under my clothes and sleep with the pump. I know everybody who uses a tubed pump says you get used to it, but my response to that is "why should I have to get used to it?".
I find that I forget where I have placed the pod, don't feel it when I have it on, don't see it through my clothing. I love the automated insertion - you never actually see a needle. You load the pod with insulin, stick it on with the adhesive and press a button on the PDM. Then you will hear 3 clicks...click, click, click... and a *pop* sound which feels like a rubber band pops you, then you're done and good to go. No insertion sets with needles.
At times, I have even started a new pod at work in my office never even having to close my office door.. that's how unobtrusive the start up process for a new pod is. Wearing a pod helps me fly incognito and people can't tell by looking at me that I have diabetes because I carry the PDM in my purse - it also serves as my meter.
I will say that there is a learning curve. It took me a while to find the sites on my body where the absorption worked best for me - but that's true of tubed pumps and my Dexcom cgm too.
When people talk of *problems* with pods, all I can say is that my personal experience with the pods has been 2 failed pods in 13 months of podding. Both of the pods that failed during the priming process before they were attached to my body - I called and they were replaced with no charge.
I have also found Customer Service to be excellent - available 24/7 and calls have been answered immediately without having to wait on the line - they have listened to me during my issues with site absorption and made really good suggestions.
It makes me chuckle when people who wear tubed pumps talk about not wanting a piece of plastic stuck to them but they have tubing hidden under their clothing... different strokes for different folks. :) We each have to find what we can live with.