Poking at the Peek: an e-mail only device

PeekFedEx just made a return trip to my home office today. This time it was to drop off a Peek, the handheld device that simply does e-mail. The Peek is scheduled to appear at Target stores nationwide in a few short weeks: September 15th is the expected date. Retail price should be $99.95 and the monthly service is another $19.95 per month.

Peek is leveraging T-Mobiles EDGE network for the service which should be perfectly fine for e-mail only but I’ll be trying the device for a month or so. Currently I use my iPhone for two e-mail accounts: one personal and one business. For testing, I’ll move the personal account over to the Peek and see how it shakes out.

First impressions: it’s a slim, little device with minimal buttons which goes along with the simple approach. A little wider than my iPhone, but a little thinner as well. There’s a 700 mAh battery which is expected to last two or three days. The QVGA screen is plenty bright enough and the keypad buttons are backlit. Overall: sleek and simple.

Peek supports up to three accounts from Yahoo!, Hotmail, Gmail and AOL, although I’ll only be using it for one Gmail. I know I’m not necessarily in the target audience for such a device, but I find it intriguing. It’s the kind of device that my son, my dad and other mainstream consumers might find amazing. Amazing at $20 a month? I’m not yet sure; I’ll have to run with it for a few weeks before I answer that question. I’ll throw this in my bag for the upcoming San Francisco trip; if we have any readers in the area or attending Mobilize, I’ll be happy to let you take a peek. Well not TAKE it… but…. you know.