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i(don't-really-want-to)Tap Vibe

While the iTap is a good idea, it loses pleasure points for being loud, not having an instant shut off, and for being somewhat unreliable in general. However, it is pretty new technology, and a basic toy that provides sufficiently strong vibrations and useful functions.
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Pros:
Decent vibrations, useful functions.
Cons:
No quick turn-off, no lock, somewhat unreliable.
Rating by reviewer:
2
useful review
The iTap vibe by Cal Exotics features new "touch activated" technology, which I'll go into later. So let's first talk about the boring stuff. iTap is a traditional vibe, at 7.25 inches long (5.75 of those inches insertable) and 3.25 inches around (about the size of a quarter) it isn't particularly "large" or "small." The tip of the shaft tapers a bit, which makes penetration a breeze and pinpoints the clit nicely.

Regarding anal play, the base is a tiny bit bigger/wider than the shaft, but I'm not sure I'd call it an "enlarged base" and thus safe for butt love. Obviously you know your body best, so be safe and proceed with caution.

Made of plastic, with a "Velvet-Cote" finish that feels soft and drags gently along the skin. Your lube of choice (be it water or silicone) isn't going to harm your iTap and you don't have to implement selective storage, plastic isn't a catalyst for laboratory-like reactions in your toybox. Plastic can't be sterilized though, so if you are going to share with others, or if you decide to play vaginally and anally with this toy, it should be covered with a condom first. Mild soap and water to wash, but it isn't waterproof so be careful with how much water you get around the battery compartment.

Which brings us to the battery compartment, which is my only major complaint about the iTap. 2AA batteries (NOT INCLUDED) fit snugly into the clear plastic...tray? To explain my initial confusion: There is a round plastic layer inside of this compartment, and it appears to be a battery tray of sorts. So with very little effort I tugged it out. This is not, in fact, a battery tray. Do not pull it out. If you do, the metal strips that travel inside the length of the toy, and make it vibrate, also come out. It's really tough to get them back in where they're supposed to be and you could potentially destroy the toy this way. I'm surprised at how careless this design flaw is, but there you go. Maybe the plastic component's ease of removal was an accident unique to the toy sent to me.

Moving further down the toy, the touch sensitive base. First of all, really cool idea. It works well too, once the batteries are in, the iTap is entirely touch controlled. I will now attempt to describe the settings, and how to get to them.

(1st tap) a fluttery solid vibration
(2nd tap) firm solid vibration
(3rd tap) buz-buz-buuzzz-buz buz
(4th tap) buz-buz-buz-buz-buz
(5th tap) BUZ-buz-BUZ-buz
(6th tap) OFF

As far as I can tell, there is no instant shut off to the iTap and you have to cycle through all the settings with a series of taps to turn it off. And sometimes I can't even get it to turn on. Of course, those issues could have something to do with the innards that I pulled outwards. You can't lock the tap function either, so if you don't want some random touch to send it a buzzin' you'd better take the batteries out when you're done.

As far as noise is concerned, it's pretty buzzy. Not Hitachi level sound, but I can definitely hear it at an arms length, and even under a down comforter, I can hear a faint rumble from across the room. A door would definitely muffle the noise, especially with background noise (TV, radio, etc) but if you're in a dorm, or have thin walls, you probably aren't going to reach for this one often.

So while the iTap is a good idea, it loses pleasure points for being loud, not having an instant shut off, and for being somewhat unreliable in general. However, it is pretty new technology, and a basic toy that provides sufficient vibrations.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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Comments
  • Adriana Ravenlust
    Adriana Ravenlust  
    Might you take some pictures of the innards that confused you? d=
  • Purple Foxglove
    Purple Foxglove  
    Thats a good idea, I'll do ya one better, and record a video Big smile

    Here ya go The video starts with that plastic part out, and shows the metal prong-type things, and then I put the plastic "tray" back in and slide it back out to show what it does to the prongs.
  • Sammi
    Sammi  
    Wow - thanks for the video!

    How hard to you have to tap it to get the vibration pattern to change?
  • Mamastoys
    Mamastoys  
    wow..just watching the video wears me out!! Maybe they will take this idea and improve it. Thanks for the review and video..
  • Purple Foxglove
    Purple Foxglove  
    Sammi: Think of day to day touch sensitive stuff. Some airport screens, an iphone screen, Bank of America ATM machines, this touch pad is made of the same ABS plastic as the rest of the toy, but only takes about as much effort as any other touch screen. And knocking on the other parts of the toy don't confuse it into change settings, so that's kind of cool.

    Mamastoys: I really hope they do, it is a cool idea. But I sort of think they got carried away with the "good idea" stuff, and forget to pay attention to other details of the toy.
  • J's Alley
    J's Alley  
    purple_foxglove, do you mind if I link your video from my blog so I don't have to do one on mine explaining the battery thing? Also, can you put it in my comments on my review to show people how the case comes out. I am thinking that's why mine broke and I don't want others to have the same result.
  • Purple Foxglove
    Purple Foxglove  
    J's Alley, sure that'd be fine. Smile
  • frisky069
    frisky069  
    good review!
  • Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
    Viktor Vysheslav Malkin  
    Very good review! Big smile
  • lamira
    lamira  
    Good review, thanks!!
  • angel142stx
    angel142stx  
    Thanks for the review
  • Mihoshi4301
    Mihoshi4301  
    Thanks for the review.
  • Tbanda
    Tbanda  
    Thank you!
  • sXeVegan90
    sXeVegan90  
    Thanks for the review
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