I'm experimenting with the Compact meter, and I am finding out some interesting things.
First, it isn't compact. It's at least one third more of the mass of the Flash. Meaning that it probably won't fit in my immediate bag. Second, it's SLOW!
Something interesting is that I NEVER get a decent test the first few times ou use a new meter. First of all, you have to lose some muscle memory, and learn new habits. If you test any length of time at all, you have a ritual. Or at least I do.
If you are a meter manufacturer, I highly recommend you do what Accu-check does. Don't throw in 10 lousy strips. Put in at least 50 strips. Accu-check puts 3 drums in their sample box, and my CDE gave me three more drums. That means I have 102 to play with.
Why did they pick 17 tests? It isn't even divisible by anything. I'd have put 15 in, and made it smaller. Or 10. Weird.
After about 3 tests, the results on the two meters started converging. At first they were as much as 50 points apart, and now I am getting tests with 10 points of each other, which is as much as you can ever hope for.
Fun little factoid -- you never get a real number on a blood sugar test, all you are getting is trends. That's even true with the A1C -- actually more true, because that's a so called 3 month average, but it doesn't really work quite that way either.
Just have to learn which trends to follow when it comes to correcting.
So I haven't decided which to go with, but I'm definately going to go with one more round of Freestyle while the copay is still $80, not $120.