The We-Vibe Wish is the latest external vibrator from We-Vibe. It’s equipped with two motors and offers lots of different patterns, and is compatible with We-Vibe’s We-Connect app on Android and Apple devices. Peepshow Toys sent me this toy at no charge for an honest review. You may want to grab a snack and a drink. I have a lot to say.
When I first saw the We-Vibe Wish, I thought it would be small, like the Je Joue Mimi and Mimi Soft. It’ll fit in your hand, but it’s considerably larger. It measures over 4″ long, just over 2 1/2″ wide, and is more than 1 1/2″ thick, and tapers to a rounded tip on one side, with the charging magnets and a single control button on the other end. It’s a big blob compared to the Mimi. It’s covered in squishy, silky silicone, but is solid and immovable. There are two obvious motors within. It’s waterproof, so you can take it with you in the bath or shower. It includes a satin storage case, magnetic USB charger, and manual in a lovely box.
I recently asked on twitter what people think of vibration patterns. Out of 90 responses, more than half responded that they never use them, while more than 1/3 like a choice of some limited patterns. The We-Vibe Wish is a pattern-focused toy, with each one having a name:
- Power Pulse – a moderate wave vibration that’s as close to steady vibration as presets get; however, the motors don’t sync perfectly, so it feels randomly “off” at times
- Pulse – a rapid pulse; this masks the lack of motor synchronicity
- Wave – a slow wave vibration where both motors speed up to high intensity and then drop to low intensity evenly
- Tease – a series of slow pulses followed by a series of fast pulses, all at the same intensity
- Ramp – a wave vibration where both motors slowly speed up to a high intensity and then immediately drop to a very low intensity and then build again
- Tempo – a combination of pulse and wave, where both motors pulse to a higher intensity and back down to a low intensity evenly
- Massage – a combination of pulse and wave, where both motors speed up to a high intensity and back down to a medium intensity rapidly
- Step – both motors quickly step from low to medium to high intensity
- Heartbeat – a low intensity with a burst of medium intensity and then a burst of high intensity, where the low intensity duration is long for 5 counts, then shortens in duration for 6 counts
- Cha Cha Cha – two bursts of high intensity followed by 3 bursts of high intensity
My favorite was Massage, followed closely by Pulse. I just couldn’t focus on Power Pulse. The different cadences of the motors was distracting. The whole thing vibrates, so the vibrations can be felt throughout my whole hand and into my wrist.
Vibrations are definitely rumbly. My wife refers to them as grumbly. Vibrations are also broad, so if you’re a fan of pinpoint vibration, you may not like this toy. The tip of the We-Vibe Wish is rounded, and is where the squishy silicone is the thickest, so the vibrations are dampened there. To get the best contact with the right side of my clit, I had to turn it awkwardly sideways, but that buried the control button against my body.
I found using the We-Vibe Wish generated different experiences depending on whether or not I used it with the We-Connect app (which is free and available through your device’s online store).
Without the App
Without the app, the We-Vibe Wish never reaches its full intensity potential. The default for highest intensity without the app is 7 out of 10. If you’re a power queen, like I’m starting to think I am, this may not be enough power for you. It begins on Power Pulse on low, then medium, and then high (but “high” as in 7/10, not 10/10). It then cycles through each of the modes, in order, at that 7/10 intensity. If you turn it off, it will remember the last pattern you were on. If you last used the app and had Power Pulse set to 10, it will come back on at 7. Using it by hand, I couldn’t get the power I needed, since the stimulation is so broad.
We need to discuss the silicone-coated button. It’s not easy to press. I find the easiest way for me to press it is to use my fingernail, and I have to make sure it’s smack dab in the middle of the button to get the haptic click. The amount of force required to press it down is unreasonable for those with arthritis or who otherwise have grip issues. It must be held down for a full second to turn it off.
My problems with the button are compounded by its size and shape. I’m a large person, and reaching my hand in a clutching position to my vulva is hard for me in my favorite position (on my back), so I had to curl myself on my side to use the We-Vibe Wish. I also found it unwieldy to hold, as a person with smaller hands. Because of the base’s wide, rounded shape, it was difficult to hold and apply the right amount of pressure to my clit without cramping my hand. The whole thing vibrates, too, making using it by hand uncomfortable.
When using by hand, you are unable to adjust the intensity of the patterns, or skip to one you like best.
With the We-Connect App
I had much better results controlling the We-Vibe Wish with the We-Connect app. The problem here is that my phone is old and weird, and my bluetooth reliability is unpredictable. If you have a newer Android or iPhone device, this shouldn’t be a problem for you. I also found the app occasionally buggy, randomly refusing to open, but it works after restarting my phone. So, again, that could be my phone and not the stability of the app. It’s something to be aware of, though. You should also know that if it seems to be taking a long time to pair the app to your We-Vibe Wish, you hold the control button down for several seconds while it’s trying to connect.
The Main Screen
Once paired, you’ll see a screen that offers a visual of the current pattern setting. I would love to include pictures of the app, but it prevents screen shots from being taken on Android. I hear you can screen shot on iPhone, though, and Sarah Brynn Holliday of Formidable Femme kindly provided a one, since she has the We-Vibe Sync.
At the top, there’s a drop-down for pattern selection. Each pattern has its own color and icon. At the top right, the “connect to partner” function is greyed out. The We-Vibe Wish does not allow you to connect to a partner. On the top left, there are 3 lines indicating a menu.
The Main Menu
When you bring up the menu, it will tell you how much battery life you have, which is a feature I adore. The menu also takes you to where you can create your own vibration patterns. “Connect lover” is greyed out here, too. It’s got a “switch device” function, should you own any other We-Vibe products. The menu is rounded out with an about tab, a settings tab, and news & offers, which will give you the ability to to shop for other We-Vibe products online. This, though, doesn’t help your friendly neighborhood sex bloggers, so if you like contributing to content creators without any extra cost to you, keep this in mind.
Using We-Connect with the Wish
When the We-Connect app is paired to the Wish, it defaults to Power Pulse on level 7. This could be a bug in the app, or it could be my phone, but I am unable to change the intensity without first switching to another pattern setting first. This experience is consistent, leading me to think it’s the app. Once you’ve got it working properly, you can tap the + or – to increase or decrease power, or you can simply drag the pattern’s graph up or down. While the app precludes you from watching porn on your phone, this feature opens up levels 8, 9, and 10 of vibration intensity, which I definitely need with the broad stimulation. I could hold the We-Vibe Wish between my thighs and adjust intensity as needed, which was a much pleasurable experience than thinking about my aching carpal tunnel.
Creating Your Own Vibes
The only way you can get a steady vibration is through the “my vibes” function. To create a vibe, tap my vibes and then create vibe on the next screen. From here, you can choose an existing pattern as a template, or draw your own. To create a steady vibration, tap draw vibe and carefully drag the pink dot upwards on the left edge of your screen. Carefully drag it across to the other edge. If you screw up and make a blip, you can tap clear to try again. Then tap save vibe, choose an intensity and duration (up to 2 minutes), and tap save vibe again. You’ll then need to give it a name. To use the vibe you created, tap the main menu, then tap control, and select your vibe from the top drop-down menu. It’ll appear at the bottom below the presets. You can adjust the intensity of your creation while it’s in use.
To delete a vibe you’ve created through We-Connect, tap my vibes on the main menu, then tap edit in the upper right. Click the trash can icon on the vibe you want to delete and confirm.
The We-Vibe Wish is a must-buy if you like patterns and broad stimulation (and your iPhone or Android device is reliable). It’s one you should pass for you if you like pinpoint stimulation, so opt for the We-Vibe Tango instead. It’s also not the best toy for those that need wand-level power, so opt for the Magic Wand Rechargeable instead, if you don’t have it yet.
Thanks to Peepshow Toys for providing this toy for this review!