Software

Peek e-mail device

The Peek e-mail device does one thing and it does it well. The Peek e-mail device is aimed at those who need e-mail, fast and easy. And, in that regard, it does deliver.

The Peek e-mail device does one thing and it does it well. The Peek e-mail device is aimed at those who need e-mail, fast and easy. And, in that regard, it does deliver.

Specifications

  • Battery: Lithium ion with 4-5 day life under typical usage
  • Weight: 3.8 ounces
  • Display: 2.5 inches @ 320x240 resolution (65k colors)
  • Memory: 8MB
  • Radio: US Tri-band GPRS (800, 1800, and 1,900 MHz)
  • Data: GPRS
  • CPU: 104 MHz ARM7 TI
  • OS: Peekux
  • Additional information

Who's it for?

The Peek is for anyone looking for a simple, rugged device that does one thing and does it well. The Peek is an incredible deal for those needing to have e-mail on the go, but don't want the hassle of cell phone contracts, clumsy smart phones, or poorly designed, hard to navigate keyboards.

What problem does it solve?

The Peek e-mail device solves one problem -- e-mail on the go; at least for the user. For the corporation the Peek solves a much larger problem -- giving their employees the ability to check company e-mail on the go without having the added cost of cell phone contracts with data plans. The Peek e-mail device could easily save your company money.

Features

  • Simplicity -- The Peek's number one feature is its simple interface and usage. No smart phone can rival the ease of use of the Peek.
  • Keyboard -- The full QWERTY keyboard has an outstanding tactile feel and the keys have just enough spacing for chubbier fingers and longer finger nails.
  • Screen -- The Peek screen is easy to read indoors and, with little effort, outdoors. The color is brilliant.
  • Setup -- Setting up a new e-mail address couldn't be any easier. Enter the e-mail address and password and the Peek attempts to guess the mail servers (It is actually very good at guessing!)
  • Battery Life -- Up to 5 days of standard usage. No smart phone can top that.

What's wrong?

Can the Peek handle corporate-level users? Yes, but with one very important exception. If your company uses Microsoft Exchange Server for e-mail you can forget about the Peek. I would like to think the developers could create an Exchange-aware version of the device which would most definitely attract enterprise users. But until Peek manages that feat, it will not appeal to those users.

Competition

Bottom line for business

As stated earlier, if you are not using Microsoft Exchange Server, the Peek e-mail device is an outstanding solution to an often costly problem. If, however, you deploy Exchange Servers you are out of luck. If the Peek is a possibility for you, your employees will be happy to have the ability to get e-mail on the go without having to learn an entire operating system or complex device to do so. Those technophobes in your company will thank you.

User rating

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About

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5 comments
amolsarva
amolsarva

We are in fact working on Exchange. Coming very soon! - Amol from Peek

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Thanks for the update - we look forward to seeing that version.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

...nor have I seen anyone using it. In terms of mail servers, I'm at a place that is using Notes. I've used Zimbra, Sun's Java Enterprise Webmail and Exchange previously. Personally, I can't see a product like this gaining much traction as currently priced. For just a few bucks more, you can get a fully functional PDA phone. I could be wrong, though.

Roy Penfold
Roy Penfold

I've used both Exchange and set up mail servers on Linux. It really depends on what the client wants, how much they have to spend on the infrastructure and 1001 other variables.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I have never worked anywhere that used an e-mail server other than Microsoft Exchange. What e-mail server does your organization use? Have you tried the Peek e-mail device?