I have heard nothing but good things about OhMiBod sex toys so when the opportunity to review one came around, I jumped at it. Just last year, OhMiBod introduced the Freestyle W, the newest of their musical vibrators, and it can be found at MyPleasure.
What makes the OhMiBod Freestyle W stand out from the rest of the OhMiBod line is that it is a rabbit vibrator. I love rabbit vibrators. They allow me to be stimulated both internally and externally at the same time. As I am generally a lazy masturbator, I like to be able to get both types of stimulation from one toy rather than having to use two at once.
The OhMiBod Freestyle W is a good-sized vibrator at 8.75″, with 5″ being insertable, and 1.5″ in diameter. The handle is plastic while the shaft and clitoral arm are made of bright blue silicone. I love the color. Granted, color isn’t a truly important aspect in a vibrator but aesthetics do help. The clitoral arm is almost solid silicone that probably has some wires running through it, while the shaft is silicone wrapped around electronic parts. The top half of the shaft is somewhat flexible, though still firm when I squeeze it. The clitoral arm is also bendy. There is a slight seam running all along the shaft and clitoral arm of the Freestyle W, but I don’t feel it when I’m using the vibrator.
As the OhMiBod Freestyle W is silicone, you want to use water-based lubricant with it because silicone-based lube can react negatively with the silicone of the vibrator. There is quite a bit of drag to the silicone of the Freestyle W so I recommend using using a fair amount of lubricant. The Freestyle W is easy to care for and clean due to the silicone and plastic materials. You can simply use warm water and antibacterial soap, your favorite sex toy cleaner, or a 10% bleach solution on the silicone parts of the vibrator. Cleaning the vibrator with bleach will allow you to share it between non-fluid bonded partners as the bleach sterilizes the silicone. You can also use water or a sex toy cleaner on the plastic handle of the Freestyle W, but it is only splash proof so be careful not to get any fluid in the charging port.
Silicone is latex and phthalate-free, mostly non-porous, and hypoallergenic, so it is a very safe material for sex toys. Just be sure to store your silicone toys separately from each other and other toys to keep any negative chemical reactions from happening. Fortunately, OhMiBod provides you with a satin storage bag or, as they call it, a “privacy pouch” in which to store your Freestyle W.
The OhMiBod Freestyle W has a control pad shaped like a flower that pivots in five directions. There is the little music note which turns on the Music Mode, a symbol that turns on Manual Mode, up and down arrows which control the intensity of the vibrations and cycle through the patterns, and the Off petal. I was a bit confused at first because the arrow that points down is actually the petal that increases the intensity of the vibrations, while the arrow pointing up decreases the intensity. Of course, this is looking at the vibrator straight on. When it is inside me, everything points the way I would expect. When you turn the Freestyle W on in Manual Mode, the LED around the flower lights up. When you turn on Music Mode, the LED flashes.
There are three levels of steady vibration and four pulsation patterns. To increase the intensity of the vibration, push on the down arrow. After the third level of intensity the next press will bring you to the first pulsation pattern. You scroll up through the pulsation patterns with the down arrow. To go back to a different pulsation pattern or the steady vibration, use the up arrow. The Freestyle W has no memory so no matter where you turn it off it always turns on at the lowest level of vibration. I find the flower button a bit difficult to use with my long nails. I sometimes press the Off button when I’m trying to press the down arrow. I’m not sure if this would be an issue sans nails, but it’s possible as there are no discrete buttons. The patterns are as follows:
1. Slow pulse
2. Medium pulse
3. Fast pulse
4. Two short pulses, one long pulse
Of course, one of the main reasons to purchase the OhMiBod Freestyle W is the Music Mode. If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you can purchase an application on the Apple App Store for $.99 that will allow you to interact with your Freestyle W via music. One very cool thing about this is that you can do it without having to attach any wires to the Freestyle W. You simply press the Music Mode button, then connect the included transmitter to your iPhone or iPod. You then connect your earbuds to the other side of the transmitter or you can use the included cable to connect the transmitter to the AUX-In on your stereo or speakers. Use the dial on the side of the transmitter to turn it on and adjust the Freestyle W’s sensitivity to the music. Unfortunately, I don’t have an iPhone and my iPod has been acting up so I haven’t purchased the OhMiBod app, which is called OhMiBod Remote. I think it would be great if OhMiBod put out an Android application considering the size of the Android market.
For some reason I was expecting the OhMiBod Freestyle W to be very powerful and it really isn’t. Even with its three speeds, it is only moderate in intensity. The vibrations are also moderate in sensation. They are more middle of the road, definitely not deep and rumbly, but not really buzzy either. They do the job but are nothing to write home about. One good thing about the Freestyle W is that it isn’t terribly loud. You can certainly hear it if you’re in the same room but you can’t hear it all through a closed door.
I like the OhMiBod Freestyle W well enough but it doesn’t rock my world. I don’t really notice the waves when thrusting like I was hoping I would. The vibrations are weaker than I was expecting which was a disappointment, and they are not as deep I would like. Nonetheless, the OhMiBod Freestyle W does bring me to orgasm, albeit on the highest level of intensity only. I do like the patterns, which run at the highest level of intensity. The Freestyle W also fits my body well. The clitoral arm curves around and hits my clit while the shaft is penetrating me and provides a bit of pressure, which I really like. ly move it up and down. If you need it in a different position, you are out of luck.
The OhMiBod Freestyle W is rechargeable and requires two hours to charge fully, though mine did arrive with some charge to it. This two hour charge will provide you with up to three hours of play time, depending upon how you use the Freestyle W, and 60 days of standby time. While charging, the LED around the control panel will flash and the LED on the charger will glow red. When charging is complete the LED on the charger will glow green to let you know the charging is done.
The packaging of the OhMiBod Freestyle W is surprisingly huge. This is because OhMiBod includes the charging plug in a U.S. format, along with three adapters for other countries. This is very kind of them, though unnecessary for me as I have no immediate plans to travel out of the country with my Freestyle W. I suppose it keeps OhMiBod from having to issue different versions for different countries. Of course, if you are traveling out of the country this will make it easy. Also included in the very large and sturdy box are the music transmitter with its required two AAA batteries (kudos to OhMiBod for including the batteries), the cable you need for Music Mode, the satin privacy pouch, and the user manual. As I mentioned, the box is quite sturdy and serves well for storing all the bits and pieces included with the Freestyle W, but it is also large and takes up a lot of room. If you don’t have the storage space, you might just want to store the Freestyle W in the privacy pouch and the rest of the pieces in a plastic baggie. OhMiBod provides a three year standard warranty on the Freestyle W, which is quite good.
OhMiBod Freestyle W Pros:
• Foreign chargers included
• Music Mode
• Storage bag
OhMiBod Freestyle W Cons:
• Not the strongest or deepest vibrations
• Control pad a bit difficult to press with nails
• OhMiBod Remote application only available for iPhone/iPod
The OhMiBod line of sex toys offers a unique experience that can’t really be found elsewhere. It’s really too bad that the OhMiBod Remote application is not available for Android. I would have liked to take advantage of the Freestyle W’s Music Mode. Other than that, the Freestyle W is a relatively standard rabbit vibrator in a nifty blue silicone. I find the control button a bit challenging to use but I think that is probably a long nail issue rather than a flaw in the design. I am less than thrilled with the vibrations of the OhMiBod Freestyle W, which is really where it disappoints me. While I can get off with this vibrator, not everyone will be able to because the vibrations are not terribly strong. Still, the shape does work for me so the vibrator is not a total dud. If you have an iPhone, the desire to play with the Music Mode, and don’t need super strong vibrations, the Freestyle W is probably worth the investment. You can purchase your very own OhMiBod Freestyle W at MyPleasure.
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