I’m into my second month after upgrading from G5.
- Is it significantly smaller?
About the same footprint, but much flatter which is nice—I used to whack my G5 transmitters on doorjambs and the like when I wore it on my upper arm. That no longer happens.
- Does it really last for 10+ days?
Mine have all lasted that long, and yesterday I just managed to figure out the technique for rolling one on to a second session. So far it’s just as accurate as it was.
- Is the phone still fine as a receiver? I have used my phone exclusively with the G5 and really liked it. Is there anything about the G6 that would change that?
The number in the main display seems a little smaller to me (iPhone), which I wish they hadn’t done as I like to have it open in the phone holder on my bike so I can monitor it while riding. Still works, just not quite as easy to see at a glance. Other than that it’s great.
- Does the new inserter open up new sites for you?
Interesting thought—I haven’t tried yet, but now that you mention it I might. It IS a lot simpler to do and you definitely could use it in more awkward spots, like your back love-handle area, where it would be just impossible to insert a G5 because of the difficulty of getting the inserter to release, getting the sticky patch settled neatly etc.
- How often do you find yourself calibrating? The G5 can be spot on or (more rarely) as much as 20-30 points off when I calibrate. Do you calibrate every day, every other day or even less often?
Much much less often. Maybe ever other day or more I’ll see a number that is far enough off from my tester that I feel like it needs a tweak, but I always do an extra fingerstick when that happens because it’s generally so accurate, and several times it has been the initial poke that was wrong. Much more often it’s within a few points or spot on. And I particularly like not having to do the double calibration after the 2 hr warm up—instead of getting my chain yanked and getting out my tester at some (inevitably) awkward moment, it just starts up. I’m finding it waaaaay more accurate over all. I still test but I’m down to maybe three times a day, partly just to see how well it’s doing. Much more comfortable about dosing off it than I was with the G5.
ETA: one problem I had with just using the phone as receiver with the G5 is that it was more prone to dropouts than the receiver, so I liked having both. I was nervous about not getting the new receiver with the G6, but so far I have had like zero dropouts. Really big difference there.