So it sounds as if there are actually four variations. I didn’t realize that. Good to know.
My biggest complaint with my Contour Next EZ is the interface. It is so very user-unfriendly that I always get confused on how to get information from it. But I’m guessing that all four have the same interface, correct?
As for size, my EZ is perfectly fine. I have a great carrying case that fits perfectly into my purse.
And as for strips, I’m almost out, so I’m open to anything new. That’s why I was considering other brands, but I gather the Contour brand rates best on accuracy.
Finally, the back-light sounds awesome! And since I never check my averages, I might consider that.
Again, I appreciate your quick and helpful reply. Please let me know if the interfaces vary among the different versions.
The menu on the Next One is very easy. Only one button. Select either settings or the list of your readings. Scroll up or down to go through the readings. It shows the BG number, the date, and the time.
Hello, Eric and Boerenkool, my apologies for the delayed reply.
I much appreciated your helpful information, and have done some further research. Here’s what I learned.
The Contour isn’t listed on their website. There was an old one with that name, and there’s also the Bayer Contour. So I’m assuming that currently their line only includes meters with “Next” in the name.
Aside from the other three you mention, there’s also the Contour Next Link and the Contour Next Gen. Oh, my gosh, so many!
Further research showed the following.
Out of the running:
• CN Link: Works in tandem with a Medtronic pump and I don’t have one.
• CN One: I’ve used the long thin shape before and find it unwieldy. I much prefer the semi-oval shape.
• CN Gen: Not sure. It requires an app to see more data, and I’d rather not have to be fiddling with two devices. On the other hand, I rarely look up that extra data.
• CN: Menus are a bit cumbersome, but messages are in plain language versus symbols. Plus it has the backlight.
• CN EZ: My current one. Need a bit more research to decide!
Your help has been much appreciated! Your comments really helped me onto the right path.
Oh, yes, I just looked at the FreeStyle. I remember now that I used to use it but switched to the Contour. It was too small to grasp easily, and I was told the Contour was more accurate. But thank you for the recommendation, Eric!
If you can get past the shape of the Contour Next One which you don’t like, that is seriously a great meter. Why not spend about $10 to try it out? If you don’t like it, you are only out $10, you don’t have to keep it.
Thanks, Eric. First of all, I definitely want the most accurate. If I have the 2nd most, I’ll constantly be haunted by, “Is this one right? Is it close? If it’s not right, how wrong is it? One point? Ten points?” etc., etc. Aagh!
Secondly, during my first couple of years as a diabetic, I tried out several different meters. I had a thin rectangular one for a while, and gave it up because I didn’t like the shape. I much prefer something that nestles right in the palm of my hand.
But it’s great that you have one you like so much for yourself! Perhaps that’ll happen to me soon as well.