I no longer carry the receiver, I'm a nerd and my phone is my life. (I'm not proud of that statement) When I learned that I could carry just my phone and have all the same options as I would if I carried the receiver it was easy to get of the receiver. Downloading the app and setting everything up on my phone was very simple. It is also a lot easier to use the share option when you use your phone as the receiver, this makes Leanne very happy. Before I used my phone as the receiver I very rarely used the share option. When I use my phone it connects automatically which again makes all parties very happy.
How would the phone work as a receiver while running, biking and working outside? The truth is that is has been simply amazing!! Yes it uses a little bit more of my battery while I'm working but that is fine with me. I have had no problems going to the gym in the morning and working all day, my phone battery makes it through the day no problem. That includes up to five or six hours using Apple Music while I'm working. I also use music while I'm deep in the woods running, again no problems with my battery dying.
As a cyclist I'm very happy with the G5 mobile, I always keep my phone in my the middle pocket of my jersey and have no problems. During a ride all of my blood sugars are right there on the app, I never lose my connection with the app. Before making the switch to my phone I would often lose my connection with the Dexcom receiver. I would be on two hour rides and wouldn't see my blood sugar for an hour. I'm very happy that I can reach back grab my phone and see my blood sugar. When I grab my drink and power bar every twenty minutes I look at my blood sugar, it is a great thing to have.
As a runner I don't check my blood sugar nearly as much. For example I will calibrate my Dexcom before each and every race, if I'm running a 5k or 10k I won't look at my phone to get my blood sugar until the race is over. For a half marathon or anything longer I will check every ten miles. Much like cycling I have had no problems at all. If I check my phone after a race all of my blood sugars are right there and are very accurate once I test after the race. As a runner having a phone on me is tough but even before the G5 mobile I had my phone on me. I will put my phone in my running fanny pack and be on my way. I often listen to music which allows me to hear the alarm when my blood sugar goes below or above my set range. If I don't hear that alarm I have no reason to check my blood sugar while running, I will just make sure that I have my fluids and food every few miles. It is great to have my blood sugar there whenever I need it though, just like cycling I would often lose my connection with the receiver before switching to the phone.
I love the G5 Mobile as an athlete, I have had no problems. It gives me a little extra confidence as I toe the line to start any race or if I'm going to be out on the golf course by myself. My phone is always with me and now my blood sugars are always with my phone and I love that!!!