Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review | Pleasure Panel

Price:
£110.00
Brand:
Tantriss
Materials:
Silicone

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

By Pleasure Panel reviewer BarginHunta

When we saw the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator available for review we just knew we had to try it! A silicone, self-heating vibrator with “smart technology” allowing you to “be together” via the app – sounded perfect for when I was travelling with work and she was at home.

With our review item we also received what appears to be a marketing sheet, and that really pushes the features of the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator:

This review may take a while, so either get comfy, grab a drink, and settle in, or else skip to the end for the summary!

Packaging

The Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator comes packaged in a large retail box – I mean the box for this thing is pretty huge!

As boxes go, it IS a pretty nice box to be honest; a large substantial feeling box. On the front it has a black themed ‘shadow’ of the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator against a black storm sky; very moody and very dark, which is strange really considering how vibrant the actual vibe is!

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

The back of the box has a small amount of marketing blurb, and two small stripes of vibrant pink, hinting at the vibrator that lies within.

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

The rear of the box also reveals a black satin tab that allows the box to be unfolded, releasing a hidden magnetic clasp.

Unboxing

The box unfolds to expose the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator nestled into its foam cushion, but other than that the unfolding of the box doesn’t actually achieve anything useful.

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

To actually remove the inner packaging from the “folded box” you must open a flap on the TOP of the box, and slide the inner packaging out. Bizarrely you could actually do this without bothering to unfold the box, so in this case I’m not sure what the folding box actually ‘achieves’.

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

Unpacking the inner box reveals quite a number of items:

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

One of the most impressive items in the box is the registration card, which is actually a matt black, engraved metal card with the registration details on it, containing the serial number of your Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator; it is little touches like this that make it feel like a quality product.

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

There is also the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator itself, a charging cable, and (in contrast to the norm) a USB charger.

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

The instructions do recommend that you use the included charger, but in this case the charger was no use to us as it was a US style connection. Instead we used a USB charger that we already own, along with the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator’s specific charging cable.

As a final touch there is also a rather nice microfiber storage bag with discreet UMIE branding, perfect for storing your toy in!

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

The Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator is classed as being waterproof according to the paperwork and packaging, but the charging port is a simple pin and socket affair on the base of the vibrator:

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

This is a welcome change from the sometimes overly complicated “waterproof charging ports” that some vibrators seem to have, but I must confess we haven’t yet put the waterproof claims to the test.

Before use it must be left on charge for several hours…

Initial Thoughts

The Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator packaging certainly gives an initial impression of quality, although I do have to admit to being a little perplexed by the unfolding box which could have been a great way to open the vibrator package, but ultimately achieved nothing.

It was a nice touch to actually receive a USB charger in the pack, as many toys do not include this but instead rely on you having one of your own to hand. In this case the charger was only suitable for the US, but it is not clear whether this was because ours was a ‘review item’, or if this would be the standard included charger no matter the country it was marketed to.

As for the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator itself, the silicone is wonderfully smooth and seam free and all the joints and surfaces are smooth and defect free.

The Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator has four simple control buttons on it:

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At either end of the controls there is an arrow shape, then between them there is what looks like a wi-fi symbol, and a sun symbol.

The ‘sun’ symbol controls the heating of the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator, but via this button you can only control whether the heating is on, or off, there is no control of level.

The ‘wi-fi’ symbol actually controls the mode, which really means the pattern of vibrations that the vibrator will go through, and this just steps through several preset patterns.

The arrows took a bit of getting used to; this is because compared to every other toy that we own, they are backwards… or rather, perhaps every other toy we own is backwards…

On the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator the arrow nearest the end of the toy is used to turn it ON, and up, and the arrow nearest the shaft is used to turn it OFF and down. This means that if you are just holding the vibe in your hand (with the shaft pointing skyward) the button at the TOP turns it down, and the button at the bottom turns it up!

However, this is the real twist… once the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator is inserted it all makes sense, as the buttons are then the logical way for the user; the button furthest from your body (on the tip of the handle) and now topmost turns the vibrations up, whilst the lower button turns them down…

As much as it took some getting used to I do have to wonder if this is the first vibrator that has the controls correct from the point of view of the user, rather than of some third party…

How It Feels

Once charged for the first test we thought we would test the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator just as a standard vibrator.

I have to say that the vibrations are well focused in the ‘business end’ of the vibrator with very little finger-numbing vibration to be felt in the handle, which is always a bonus!

The vibrations themselves are pleasantly strong if not overwhelming, and the warmth of the self-heating was a wonderful change as cold toys do not go down well. There is a slight reduction in the intensity of the vibrations when the heating mode is turned on though.

The silicone was as smooth as expected, and slipped in well, but personally in our case it’s almost too smooth. Without a doubt it depends what you personally want and need from a vibrator, and it seems that some texture would be good.

Unfortunately even with the vibrations cranked to the maximum, no amount of pressure, movement, or change of angle still only resulted in a dull vibrating sensation, which was a little disappointing personally, but your results may be different. I do believe that with any shaped or curved toy there are going to be those anatomies that it works for and those that it doesn’t.

The Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator does have a good range of patterns and power levels though, so that combined with the self-heating is sure to mean that there is something that works if the shape is good for you.

App – Solo Use

So now it was time to take this to the next level, let’s see what the “Smart” of this vibrator is capable of.

First step was to download the app. This is apparently available for Apple devices as well as Android, but since we both have Android phones it was off to Google Play store for us. We found the app quite easily by simply searching for “Umie”.

On the marketing sheet that came with our review item it states that the app is available for $2.99 from the app store, but we found it was a free download. Whether this means it would be charged for in the future we don’t know.

The App actually requires a surprising number of permissions:

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The reason for most of these became apparent once using the app, but we’re still not sure why it needs access to your location, or contacts information – perhaps you might want to add friends, family, or neighbours to your sex toy app?!

Once the app is installed you must agree the terms of agreement; unfortunately we don’t know the full terms that we agreed to as the terms flow off of the bottom of the screen, but text is not scrollable:

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You are then presented with a few screens of a ‘welcome wizard’ type interface telling you about the controls of the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator (albeit wrong for button 2!). On the page about “Tantra” we again encountered the problem of a block of text that flows off of the bottom of the screen but isn’t scrollable.

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It is remarkably easy to pair the Umie to your phone via Bluetooth, and then you are presented with a straightforward screen that allows you to control the various features of the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator.

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The large central dial allows you to adjust the intensity of the vibrations, and the horizontal slider below it allows you to adjust the temperature too. There is an appreciable lag in the temperature changes, but this is to be expected due to the nature of heating the vibe.

Something to note here is that if you want to turn the vibe off temporarily, be sure to use the PAUSE button; on more than one occasion we made the mistake of pressing the power button (bottom left corner) which does actually turn the vibe OFF completely, losing the Bluetooth connection.

Pressing the (+) symbol at the bottom right of the screen allows you to change the mode of the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator. This allows you to choose between the different present modes that are built into the vibrator, as well as some ‘interactive’ modes, such as being able to set the vibrations to the beat of your favourite music track, video clip, your voice, or even to the ‘shake’ of the phone itself.

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

We liked the idea of this level of control, but even for our inner geeks this all felt a bit gimmicky. There are already buttons on the vibe to control patterns, heat (although only on/off for this), and intensity, do we really NEED the app as well?

For purely solo play it was too much of a distraction; with the vibe in one hand, and then trying to use the app on the phone with the other just seemed… distracting.

For solo it just didn’t seem to work, but we could see the advantage for a couple where she can be holding and positioning the vibe, whilst her partner controls it via the app without having to fumble and get in the way to press the physical buttons on the vibe.

That said, one of the reasons we really wanted to try this vibe was for the ability to connect when we weren’t physically together, so moving swiftly on…

App – “Social” Use

Before you can connect with other people on the app you must set yourself up a “profile” of sorts.

This is performed via the “Settings” menu of the app, then “Social Network”. For now you are then presented with message indicating that this feature of the app is still under construction!

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

There are a number of issues trying to complete the profile, but one particular one is when trying to put in your ethnicity. If for instance you select “White” from the drop down your profile will be populated with “White”, but then once you have submitted your profile, you will then find that actually you have now been classed as “Pacific Is lander”… It seems there is a discrepancy of 1 position in the list; if you want your profile to show “White” then you must actually select the entry above that and fill out your profile as “Latin”:

Then you are logged in:

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You must now click on the “group of people” icon on the screen to actually go to your “friends” list:

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From here you must then click the icon of the person in the top right corner.
This then opens a screen that looks a lot like the screen where you put your own profile in, and presumably is supposed to allow you to search for other users based on gender, ethnicity, age, etc.

However we both registered with complete profiles and found that NONE of these search options worked (in fact they all returned exactly the same list of users!). Only searching by exact username allowed us to add each other.

Once added then you can finally connect by clicking the person in your Friends list, and you then get a chat type window open:

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

This allows text based chat, as well as sending voice clips to one another. It should be noted though that there is no notification system with this app. You CANNOT communicate unless you are both signed into the “Social” part of the app at the same time, any attempt to send a message when the other party is not signed in is just met with refusal:

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

So how does it REALLY work?

Well, it works “ok”.

Whilst in the chat window you can press the “Interact” button and ‘send’ commands to the recipient. If they have a Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator connected to their phone those commands will then change the behaviour of the vibrator as it does when you control it yourself through your own app.

Bizarrely though, there is no way to actually know if there is Umie connected at the recipients end; they may simply have the chat app open whilst doing the washing up!

Although the above is meant in good humour, it really is the first of many things that really just mean this does not work in the way it seems that it should. Yes it works if we are laid on the bed beside each other, and it’s a clever gimmick that his phone can communicate to her phone which in turn can communicate with the Umie and control what it does, but… it’s not very “social”. There is no “video chat” available here, nor any realtime “voice chat”; the best you can do is record clips and send those.

She has no desire to constantly be typing on her phone whilst also trying to hold the vibe itself in just the right position, and he would like some sort of feedback.

Perhaps we had it wrong thinking it would be a lot more “interactive”, but unless you use some other phone or tablet to set up a call or video call, he’s just sat alone poking icons on his phone with no idea what it is or isn’t doing for her.

Ok, so the “Social Network” section does state that it is still under construction, so perhaps there is more to come (video chat would seem a must!), but we also didn’t find out that this feature was still under construction until we went to use it. All the marketing information and website promotes exactly this interaction as one of the main selling points; “CONNECT ANYWHERE WITH UMIE”; yet it is currently flakey at best.

So if the “Social Networking” is still under construction, and the local Bluetooth control of the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator is a bit gimmicky at best, what does your $149 get you that you wouldn’t get with a cheaper, “not smart” vibrator?

Summary

This is a great looking toy and we believe it has a lot of potential and could certainly help to bridge the gap during those periods of separation. However to do it properly it still has a long way to go, and by “properly” we mean provide that real social interaction. At the very least voice chat, if not video chat. Let them hear / see the effect they are having on the other person when they set those vibrations to full power, or turn them off just as climax is approaching. In the current state this just doesn’t work the way it should.

In addition to this a couple of times we have both noticed excessive battery drain on our phones. This is after having had the phone turned OFF, and then not having used the Umie app since turning it back on, and yet the app is reported as having used significant CPU time, and thus also consumed significant amounts of battery:

Without a doubt this is a really well constructed vibrator, and as much as it didn’t work for us we would have no problems recommending it for others to try based on that alone.

However, and this is the biggy, the unique selling point of the Umie as we saw it was the “Smart” interactive side, and unfortunately this is currently let down badly by an incomplete app.

If we had purchased the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator we would be contacting Tantriss for some kind of refund as we would have purchased it based on the ability to connect together, only to find after purchase that that side isn’t yet working. In that respect this really does come across more as a “working prototype” than as a saleable item. The saving grace here is that the ‘hardware’ all works wonderfully, it is just let down by the software app, and therefore it would be ‘fixable’ given time.

As such we really can’t recommend the Umie at this time, (although hopefully in the future it will be a great product).

So good marks for the vibe itself, but the flakey app and the “still under construction” state of one of its key sales features pitched against its price tag of $149 means we can only give this a rather poor 3/10.

– BarginHunta


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Thanks to Pleasure Panel reviewer BarginHunta for this review of the Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator

Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator Review

The Tantriss Umie Smart Vibrator was sent free of charge, in exchange for a fair and honest review by the Pleasure Panel, by umie.co. Thank you! 🙂

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