Simple Matters Ditto Review
Never lose your phone or miss that all-important call again with the Ditto wearable by Simple Matters.
We have all experienced that annoyance of missing that all-important call because your phone was buried at the bottom of your bag. Or even worse, after getting home and realizing that you left your phone and have no idea where. Mobile technology company Simple Matters have stepped into the wearable game to help relieve that sense of panic with Ditto: a tiny lightweight $30 wearable that converts smartphone notifications right to you via customizable vibrations.
Ditto is a new take on a wearable device, it doesn’t offer any sort of screen or buttons, no switches lights or cables just a small clasp like device. Simple Matters have really adopted the less is more approach with this little wearable.
Even without any input functions Ditto still manages to be quite useful. Ditto acts as the middleman between your smartphone notifications and you, it does this by simply vibrating every time you get a notification, which can be customized so that you have an idea of what the notification is before you even look at your phone, Ditto also acts as an invisible tether between you and your phone and becomes a lifesaver if you misplace your handset.
Ditto has another great perk – it has no charging cables since the battery can last between 4 and 6 months. Ditto always stays on, and you will get an alert from Ditto’s companion app when it is time to replace the coin cell battery. Ditto is also completely waterproof.
Ditto is small and subtle and can be hidden under your clothes if you don’t want anyone to know that you are wearing a small gadget. To attach Ditto to a piece of clothing just squeeze together the end corners and it opens up like a clasp then simply let it clutch onto a piece of clothing and it will stay firmly attached for as long as you leave it there thanks to its firm grip and rubber coating.
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Everything that Ditto can do is controlled on the accompanying smartphone app, which is available for iOS and Android. It is here where you set the custom vibrations for each incoming notification. The customization element is somewhat limited as you can only choose between one, two, three and four vibrations for each notification, not great if you have more than four different incoming notifications from varying apps.
On a simple scale Ditto is great at telling you that you have just received a notification and this is really handy if your phone is in a different room to you or buried in a bag somewhere, not so great if your phone is actually in your pocket which results in not only your phone vibrating but also Ditto buzzing away as well. What we found Ditto great for in particular was the invisible tether, it gives you a quick little buzz if you stray too far from your smartphone, which is great for people who accidentally leave their phone behind often.
A big selling point of Ditto is its silent alarm feature, which we found to not be all that great. Ditto has a maximum of four short pulses of vibrations, this is a bit of a problem with the silent alarm as it means it is a little too silent. There is no real snooze function and no way to set multiple alarms at the same time; a few times I actually slept right through the alarm.
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Ditto doesn’t push its skill set quite far enough. You can set how many times you want your Ditto to buzz for options such as a phone call a text or an email, but that is the extent of the personalization, one, two, three or four buzzes to choose between for different notifications.
It would have been nice for Ditto to incorporate a few more options to choose from here, a different series of vibrations for contact favorites for example. Or basic step/calorie count, even the Lumo Lift has this basic function whilst its primary focus is posture tracking. Simple Matters co-founder of Bob Olodort answer to this was that the company want to keep things simple and provide the typical smartphone user with an answer to a common problem.
In terms of design Ditto is very subtle and not glaringly obvious. It comes in three different colors, black, white and clear. It is not much larger than a 2p coin, and weighs just 0.32 ounces.
Simple Matters hopes that Ditto will appeal to everyday smartphone users, not just the tech enthusiasts, with its low price range and basic features.
Ditto’s selling point and what makes it actually useful is the fact that it can tell you whether or not to act on a smartphone notification. Smartphones have a very unintuitive, non customizable approach and that is where Ditto comes into play, it can inform you whether or not to act on a vibration. But in a world of smart tech and smartwatches dominating the market does this small little wearable really do enough?