iTap G-vibe - g-spot vibrator by Cal Exotics - review by pasdechat

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It’s Official: The iTap G-vibe is a Resounding “Meh”

I’ve had this toy for over a year, but I’ve hardly ever used it because my first experience with it was so underwhelming. When I started writing reviews, though, I decided to give it another chance to impress me. It didn’t. Although it has a few nice features, its performance is too spotty to make it a good vibrator.
Texture, size, concept
Difficult to put together, very sensitive controls, pointy tip
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


This is, theoretically at least, a G-spot vibrator; it’s right there in the name. Now, I’m not the sort of person who can get off from G-spot stimulation alone, but I like it enough that I decided to invest in a toy designed specifically for that purpose. Unfortunately, for reasons that I will delve into later, this is not really a good introduction to G-spot stimulation. In an effort to salvage the situation, I tried using the iTap as a clitoral vibrator, with even more mixed results. At its highest setting, it’s powerful enough that I could probably eke an orgasm out of it, but frankly, there are way better toys if you’re looking to stimulate your clit. I would definitely NOT use this as an anal toy; there’s no flared base and it’s so thin that you could easily lose hold of it. So while I’ve wracked my brains, I can’t really think of any demographic that that the iTap might appeal to; no matter what kind of stimulation you like, I guarantee there’s a better option available.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Couples
    • Solo
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Campus/roommate living
    • On a bed only
  • Features
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    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Cordless
    • Only takes 2 aa batteries
    • Travel friendly
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Clitoris
    • G-spot
    • Nipples

Material / Texture

I’m a fan of Velvet Cote, so the texture was possibly the best thing about the iTap. I’m sure it’s partly psychological, but regular plastic feels really hard to me; Velvet Cote definitely isn’t squishy, but it’s soft to the touch and less slippery, which goes a long way with me. It’s also non-porous and phthalate-free, so it’s a pretty safe material.
    • No odor
    • Not porous at all
    • Rigid

Design / Shape / Size

I have nothing to complain about in terms of the iTap’s appearance. There’s nothing particularly remarkable about it – it would be nice if more toys would branch out into colors other than pink, lilac, and white – but there’s nothing objectionable about it either. I have a weird aesthetic aversion to shiny plastic, so I appreciated the fact that the iTap has a matte finish.

The iTap is also average in terms of discreetness. It’s certainly not a realistic vibrator, but if I saw it on a coffee table, I would be hard-pressed to think of what non-sexual purpose it could possibly serve – particularly since it tends to turn on and off with every passing breeze. I wouldn’t leave it lying around, but it’s not very large (about 7 1/2” long), so it’s easy to hide in a drawer.

Actually, the size is one of the better things about this vibrator. It has a diameter of 1” so it’s quite slim; I’d even go so far as to say that it’s small enough to be used comfortably by someone who has little to no experience with penetration, or for people like me, who just have very stubborn anatomy. Sadly, the pointiness of the tip cancels out a lot of the comfort provided by the iTap’s size. It doesn’t look that bad, but trust me: when you’re putting it somewhere as sensitive as your vagina, it definitely feels like you’re being poked rather than touched, stroked, or massaged. Unless you know for a fact you like this feeling, I’d get something with a more rounded head.
    • Beginner
    • Partner play
    • Slim

Functions / Performance / Controls

By far the most frustrating thing about the iTap is that in trying to be easier to use, it has become infinitely harder. A vibrator activated solely by touch may seem like a good idea – it certainly did to me when I bought it – but there are several problems with the execution. First of all, it’s almost impossible to screw the base on with the battery coil fighting you the entire way; if you don’t get it lined up just right, the base will fly right off. This is a problem I’ve rarely had with other toys, so I’m not quite sure what to make of it, but I’m sure it could be easily solved by changing the screw-on cap so that it’s a bit easier to line up.

In any case, getting the base on is only half the battle. The iTap is extremely sensitive to touch; you don’t need to tap the base so much as brush it for it to turn on or switch settings. Needless to say, it is incredibly irritating to be getting into the rhythm of a particular setting only to have the vibrator change gears when your pinkie accidentally touches the base.

You might think that this problem could be easily solved by holding the toy closer to the head, but you’d be wrong, because the iTap also has the annoying habit of switching on and off if you jostle it, turn it upside down, or exert too much pressure. Yes, it generally turns back on in a second, but worrying about whether my vibrator will suddenly and unexpectedly bow out is pretty much the last thing I want on my mind when I’m using it. I don’t think that my iTap is defective, either, because it does seem to work better depending on how I screw on the cap; unfortunately, I can’t figure out what I’m doing differently those times that the vibe is more consistent.

With regards to the actual vibration – well, if I’m going to use a toy with so many problems, I expect the pay-off to be pretty amazing, which it wasn’t. The vibrations aren’t bad per se, they’re just not good enough to justify all of the hassle needed to get the thing running. The first setting is constant, gentle vibration – it felt weak against my clit but somewhat nice internally. The second is constant, stronger vibration, which was pleasant, but not any more powerful than the vibrations you can get from dozens of other battery-operated vibes. The other three settings are all different pulsation patterns: short short long, steady (short) pulses, and a stronger pulse followed by a weaker one. Again, these were okay but not great. I actually sort of liked the last one, but by then the iTap had switched off so many times that any break in vibration made me think it was about to drop out again, so I couldn’t relax and enjoy it. It also seemed like, regardless of setting, the vibrations were not as strong in the tip of the toy, but rather in the section of the shaft near the head, which will annoy anyone who likes pinpoint vibrations.
    • Long lasting power
    • Multiple settings
    • Temperamental

Care and Maintenance

The iTap is very easy to clean. You can use soap and water on it, provided you don’t actually submerge the whole toy (particularly the base). I usually unscrew the base, take the batteries out, and rinse off the shaft of the toy, being careful not to get any water inside of it. Of course, you can also use toy cleaner if you own it. The “Velvet Cote” that it’s made from is technically non-porous, but it can’t really be sterilized, so if you want to share the toy, plan on using a condom. It’s also compatible with water- or silicone-based lubricant, which is convenient.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store


The iTap comes in a pretty standard cardboard box, but considering that it’s manufactured by California Exotics it’s a pretty discrete container – no naked people in sight, at least. It’s definitely clear what it’s used for, though, and I immediately tossed the box in the recycling bin, so it’s nothing particularly memorable either.
    • Minimal
    • Recyclable
Follow-up commentary
In a lot of ways, my original review was a follow-up, considering I'd had the toy at that point for over a year. However, since I have now found things (besides my own fingers) that feel good against my G-spot, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that this vibe is not worth it. The construction is shoddy and the pointy tip is uncomfortable-bordering-on-painful. The really sad thing is that when I bought it, I thought its slimness would make it perfect for me, a G-spot novice. I spent several months afterward in despair, thinking that no kind of penetration would ever feel good to me. If I hadn't eventually managed to get my fingers at the right angle, I probably would never have bought another insertable toy. It's a bad toy that's especially bad for beginners, given that it might turn them off G-spot vibes and dildos altogether; if I could rate it again, I would only give it one star.
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  • js250
    Great review!! I would not like the tapping, that seems to go wrong for me with my other items.
  • K101
    Fabulous review hon! I'm with you about that tip! I cannot use those pointy tips, they hurt. The rounder, somewhat wider point though, don't bother me and I usually get good luck with those. I guess it's just so pointy that it pokes into your spot rather than caress it I also prefer the velvet cote over hard plastic. That's one material that I can't use. Not sure why because glass does not bother me, but plastic really does, unless it has some sort of cote. So I'm like you in that area.

    Well this was such a great review! I am sorry that it didn't please you though. I know how disappointing that it. I hope you've since found something better that does excite ya
  • ksparkles16
    Great review!
  • Zombirella
    Great review! I prefer the coated plastic over plain old naked plastic as well. I only wish the Salsa and Tango had that velvety coat!
  • SeductivelyCute
    Nice Reivew!
  • Missmarc
    Great review, thank you!
  • pasdechat
    Thanks for the comments, everyone!
  • SMichelle
    Thanks for the review.
  • Tbanda
    Thanks, great review!
  • pasdechat
    @ SMichelle, Tbanda

    Thanks for commenting
  • lzee
    Thank you!
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