Peek - Simply email
Peek is a great looking and super easy mobile e-mail device.
It's not a mobile phone, it doesn't access the web, it doesn't send or receive text messages and it doesn't take pictures.
So, what does it do?
It just sends and receives e-mail.
As a matter of fact, it even says on the box that "Peek is not for hard core techies".
Today's smart phones and PDAs can be complicated and overkill for people who just need to check their e-mail and the Peek does just that.
The Peek is $99 and available at Target and Amazon (currently $79.99) and it's $19.95/mo for the service. There are no contracts, no complicated carrier agreements, data plans or hidden fees. It measures 4.0 by 2.7 by 0.4 inches and comes in charcoal gray, aqua blue and black cherry red face plates, and the rest of it is silver.
When you open the box, you'll find a power cord, a carrying case, a Quick Start Guide, and a rechargeable lithium ion battery.
It was simple to set up (actually my kids did it) and I set up my Comcast e-mail and Gmail in minutes. All you have to do is put in your e-mail address and password.
The Peek supports 3 e-mail addresses, but the messages aren't separated, they go into the same inbox. So, if you are sharing it with someone, it needs to be someone who you don't mind reading your e-mail.
The QWERTY keyboard has rubber backlit keys (a tad stiff, but not a show stopper), many functions are controlled by the thumb wheel on the side of the unit. It's really that simple.
It can be set to either vibrate, ring or remain silent when new e-mail arrives, though the alerts are a little hard to hear sometimes. It's also got nationwide (USA) coverage, so you can take it anywhere with you.
Again, The Peek isn't for everyone. It only does e-mail, so it's not for people who are hard core techies.
It's a great solution for someone who doesn't need a device with bells and whistles, but who just needs to keep in touch by checking e-mail on the go.