Bless Jimmyjane’s little hearts; they really are trying. They’re trying so hard to create innovative toys, but they keep promising shit that they can’t follow through on. Just as the Form 2 was supposed to function as vibrating tweezers, the Form 3 is supposed to “amplify touch” through a thin silicone membrane. Sounds awesome, I know.
The Form 3 can be described by all the buzzwords that make my heart go pitter-patter: it’s rechargeable, made of 100% silicone, and fully waterproof, and best of all, strong. It hits all of those targets without any caveats. It’s also easy to clean and its buttons are fun to press (always a plus!). But there is one important thing that is not quite right about Form 3: its shape. The shape… is just so weird.
As demonstrated by marketing materials, the Form 3’s crowning feature is a thin silicone membrane that can, supposedly, be pressed down with a finger to turn one’s finger into a vibrator, and to focus vibrations1. Here’s some verbatim text from one of Jimmyjane’s Form 3 ads:
Because your fingertips direct the vibration through a thin surface, your partner feels your touch, not a hard plastic device.
Touch, stroke or tease your partner exactly how you typically would with your fingers (with new superpowers, of course).
One problem: it doesn’t work. If I try to actually press my finger down on the membrane, it takes a ton of pressure to have an impact — not an effortless touch like the video appears to portray — and it hurts my wrist. And trust me, it does not feel like a finger with superpowers when used that way; it feels like a vibrator. Nothing more, nothing less. (Just to be thorough, I also had my boyfriend use it on me to see if he could come up with any interesting techniques. Nope — still feels like a vibrator.)
I’ve heard a few claims that Form 3 feels like oral sex, but I don’t see how; the thing may be tongue-shaped, but it does not flick. It simply vibrates.
It’s a little more feasible to press on the end of the toy and use that to circle my clit, although that becomes very messy very quickly. The end can also be slightly folded against my clit to produce more pressure, but I am a lazy masturbator, and I refuse to exert myself unless it’s in the name of G-spot stimulation. So when I use the Form 3, I just hold it against my clit like any other vibrator. It can also be turned sideways, so that the tongue actually fits between my labia, but then it only vibrates one side of my clit.
Like I said, the Form 3 is strong. Strong enough to get me off easily on its lower steady vibration settings, and strong enough to really rock on the higher settings (there are five vibration strengths and three vibration patterns). The vibrations are consistent and come from a single motor, so Form 3 does not freak out like Form 2 does. But, of course, Form 3’s power is conducted through the weird-ass tongue shape, and the shape is awkward. Really awkward. It’s thin and wide, and it just doesn’t feel right.
I hate to reduce my feelings to something as subjective as “IT JUST AIN’T RIGHT,” but it’s the truth. Shape can have a huge impact on how pleasurable (or not) a toy is. Despite the fact that I can get off very easily with Form 3, it’s just not a shape I enjoy. It doesn’t feel effortless the way Siri does; it feels like it needs constant readjustment because something is off.
I wish Jimmyjane would just invent something simple. A simple shape, like an elongated bullet with a slightly pointed tip. Nothing crazy, just something that will really work. Because Jimmyjane has all the other stuff under control — materials, rechargeability, even power — but the shape of the Form 3 is an iffy attempt at innovation (especially for nearly $150). Unless, of course, you really like vibrations on just one side of your clit.
- Despite Jimmyjane’s bravado, the finger-turned-vibrator shtick has actually been done before, with the Tantrabeam. [↩]
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