I went back and forth between the Animas and MM Revel before finally going with the Revel a little over a year ago. I had had a MM in the past and that was a significant (but not the only) factor in going with the Revel.
Some things I liked about the Animas Ping:
- It's waterproof
- It has a remote bolus feature
- The screen is more attractive and easier to read
- The infusion sets are not proprietary.
- You can choose from different sounds. The sounds were also a bit louder compared to the Revel.
However, when I actually got my hands on the Ping to try out, here are the things I DID NOT like about it:
- The design made it uncomfortable to wear. The black cap where the tubing comes out of sticks up and made it really uncomfortable when clipped to my waistband.
- The fast scrolling annoyed me to no end. I had to keep going up and back down to get where I wanted.
- The menu system seemed to require far more button pushing than the Revel.
- It felt a bit larger than the Revel and more boxy (i.e., harder to conceal in my bra, one place I like to keep my pump)
- The pump itself was LOUD when delivering a bolus. I was surprised I could hear it so well even when underneath my clothes.
Here are things I like about Minimed/my Revel
- The pump is durable and incredibly reliable.
- It has the integrated CGM. Not CGMing it at the moment, but may do so again when their new sensors come out. For now, I'm just doing lots of finger sticks.
- Menu system is easy to use.
- Carelink. I LOVE Carelink.
- Uses regular batteries, which are easy and simply to change (I did not know you had to re-prime with the Ping when changing batteries. That's annoying).
- MM has been making pumps for a LONG time. That means something to me.
- Wide range of infusion sets to choose from (even if they are proprietary).
- Quietly delivers bolus.
- Excellent customer service.
I also reviewed the consumer complaint information submitted to the FDA and there seemed to be more complaints for Animas pumps, despite the fact that there are far more Minimed pumps on the market. Also, I have known a few folks with Pings who just dropped them and the pump died. My Revel has been dropped several times and works like a champ.
In the end, the reliability and durability of the Revel won out for me. I do a lot of backpacking and camping and I need a pump that is not going to quit on me in the middle of nowhere. This is where the Revel wins, hands down.
I would NOT consider the new t:slim at this point, mainly because the company is so new and the pump itself is so new. When it comes to pumping a hormone into my body 24/7 that, in the wrong dose, could kill me, I want something tried & true. I have flirted with the idea of trying the Ping, but for now, I'm really happy with my revel and see no reason to switch.
The waterproofyness aspect is the one thing that bothers me. That said, I have found ways to waterproof my pump if I really need to (using an Aquapak).