Peek is here – get yours now!

Peek, the wireless email device I recently tested, is now available for the masses!

A quick refresher; the device costs $99.95 and service is just $19.95 a month. It does email, and only email, but does that one thing really well.

There is no contract, and no paperwork involved with getting the device up and running and you’ll be able to use it with almost any email account.

They are currently available on the Peek website, and this coming Monday you’ll be able to see one in person at your local Target store. Peek even has a top secret offer where you can get 50% off the monthly fee for 3 months.

As I mentioned in my review, it won’t replace your Blackberry or iPhone, but it’s a splendid device for anyone who “just wants email” and needs to be left alone the rest of the time.

You can learn more about the device here, or you can skip all of that and just place your order by clicking here.

Product review – Peek personal email device (Part 1)

In this product review (part 1), I’m going to introduce you to Peek. Peek is a handheld email device powered by a nationwide mobile network (T-mobile). For $99.95 you’ll soon be able to pick up a Peek at your local Target store, and setup your own email account without the hassle of a contract or any other paperwork.

When I say Peek can do email, that really is the only thing the device does. For $19.95 a month, you’ll get unlimited access to three different email accounts from most major providers (Yahoo!, Hotmail, Gmail, AOL and more).

Don’t let the low price fool you; Peek is not a toy, and I found that it felt more like a high-end smartphone or Blackberry.

The device has a 2.5″ QVGA color display, a rubber QWERTY keyboard, a scroll wheel, a back button and a power button. Each aspect of the device actually impressed me. The screen is extremely crisp and in the last hour of sunlight we had this evening, I had no problem reading it outdoors. The keyboard also took me by surprise; despite the rubber keys, I’m actually able to type faster on the Peek than I am on my Blackberry Curve. The keys are well spaced and have a nice tactile feedback (click). The only minor complaint I have about the keyboard, is that the spacebar seems slightly harder to press than any of the other keys. In addition to the QWERTY buttons, the Peek also has a dedicated row of number keys.

As I mentioned earlier; the Peek only does email. When you turn the device on, you are prompted for the credentials of the email account you want to use. In my case, I entered one of my Gmail accounts. The total time for setting up the device was under 4 minutes. As soon as my information was verified, I was able to send and receive email.

Of course, the number one question everyone will have, is whether it really is worth paying $100 for the device, and $20 a month just for email. But I’m really not the right person to ask; I’m already liking Peek a lot, and I’d certainly be willing to pay the price for this kind of convenience, despite already having access to several email devices on the go.

I’ll post a more comprehensive review of Peek in the coming days and put it through a more rigorous test. Before you head out to your local Target store to pick up a Peek, the device won’t be on shelves till September 15th, so that gives me some more time to introduce you to it.