While it's only 4 days experience, I wanted to share my initial reactions.
This is my 6th pump...first 4 were Minimed/Medtronics and last was an Animas Ping. The Ping was rock solid reliable which is the primary motivation to stick with Animas. My interactions with Animas were courteous and efficient and they delivered services as they said they would. I had no issues.
I view new pumps in the same manner I acquire any new technology...there's going to be a learning process. I watched all the training vids and used the forms included with pump to document the existing settings on my Ping. I also watched all the training vids on the Dex G4 features on BOTH devices. Having had a 1 week trial on the G4 and having over 4 years of experience with the Ping, I felt comfortable starting up.
I got the G4 started up about 36 hours before I did the Vibe. I did use the G4 receiver on startup mostly to see if using both the Vibe and G4 receiver is an option...it is. I did my initial G4 insertion on my right arm(see DiabeticDanica's vids) plus Beast Tape over the adhesive areas to protect and lengthen usage. I added the Beast Tape a day after initial installation. That was a suggestion from the Dex FB pages. One day of usage before I started the Vibe programming and install went quite well.
I did the Vibe startup in two phases...programming/setup and then moving already filled reservoir over to the Vibe using the insertion set placed day before. While doing the setup, I was immediately pleased to see the brightness of the screen. The Ping had dimmed quite a bit over the life of the device in spite of adjustments. The startup was very intuitive and comfortable. I did one minor change in the setup dealing with basals...I chose the 1 instead of 4 since I've never setup different rates for exercise or sick days...I use temporary for those and I use it nearly daily. That one choice is just more efficient for me. After the pump's CGM feature did it's initiation and was identical(or VERY close) to the G4 readings, I shutdown the G4 receiver. The pump itself has been very comfortable and enjoyable so far but being new, I am making minor adjustments especially on the CGM alarms. More to come I have no doubt.
So far, I'm a very happy camper with it.
Now for the surprise...
I received a letter from UHC yesterday congratulating me on the approval of "services" with the device and informing me that if I left the plan, I'd be responsible for the pro-rated cost for whatever remains on the cost of services. Being my fourth NEW pump and having never received any such letter from either BCBS or UHC with previous insurance coverages...it was a bit of a surprise but I must say, I'm kinda surprised the letters were not used previously. I'll call UHC this week and try to find out what they really mean...more for my own amusement and desire to be informed. I'm not really concerned at this point.