Peek Mobile Email Device - Gray
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- Email only device: just what I was looking for, an email only device that does not tie down my phone when I don't need email. This way I can throw it in my briefcase or coat when needed and leave it back at other times
- Keyboard: this device has the best keyboard of any mobile device I've used (which aren't too many). It's certainly better than the one on either the iPhone or BlackBerry. It's a full keyboard and you don't need to use the shift key for the most commonly used keys and numbers.
- Screen is bright and clear even outdoors. Font and layout is good as well. Much more soothing to the eyes than comparable devices.
- Can automatically download your address book from your online email service! (a first?)
- Only allows you to download email from 3 email accounts (vs 10 for BlackBerry)
- Setting up a custom email server to download cannot be done automatically, you have to call customer service. I have not tried this, but bothered not to after finding out.
- Polling speed, 10 - 60 minutes: coming from a BlackBerry I was used to instantaneous email notification, if you haven't used one, it's true, the email may show up on the device even before it's in your email client on the PC! I was willing to compromise on the polling speed but the peek gets nowhere near this.Read more ›
Extremely easy to use. Turn it on, enter your email addresses (up to 3) and it does the rest. Uses a thumbwheel like most of the Blackberrys and some smart phones to scroll through emails. Press the wheel and it brings up a submenu that offers to reply, delete or forward the email in question. Make a mistake? Just push the back button and go back to the beginning.
It's so simple I had it operating without using the owner's manual.
On the plus side, it seems to last forever on a battery charge and the signal always seems to be strong to moderately strong, even in the usual weak areas.
As for the bad points, it does have a couple. First, the power connector appears to be a mini usb but it's not. It's a "mini-mini" usb that I have no been able to find accessories for yet. I imagine that's coming.
Also, deleted email does NOT delete it from your server, just the Peek itself. I don't mind but some may.
I can guess that the $20 monthly fee (actually $19.95) will eventually go down as more people sign up.
Great device for those like me who don't want to pay for a data plan that costs $30 or more per month and is slower than molasses on many phones.
My original review from a few years ago:
I purchased a Peek last year based on a favorable review in the Wall Street Journal. I was looking for a mobile email solution to replace my Blackberry (which was provided by my company and stayed behind when I changed jobs). I liked several aspects of the Peek, relative to a Blackberry or other smartphones. In a nutshell:
+ The device does not require a service contract. If you don't like it, you can discontinue the service. You can also reactivate the service later if you choose to. Peek service offers an unprecedented level of flexibility.
+ Having a separate device for email, rather than a single smartphone for both voice and email, appealed to me. I carry my cell phone all the time, but don't always need email. The Peek allowed me to carry a very small cell phone all the time and a larger email device only when I needed it.
+ The full keyboard on the Peek, which reminds me of the original Blackberry, is much more efficient than trying to tap out messages on a cell phone keypad.
+ Peek email service is relatively cheap, at $20 per month.
+ The Peek allowed me to synch up with three separate email accounts and did not require forwarding copies of messages to the device like some solutions do.
That was the promise.Read more ›
This information was not promoted on Peeks site and took 2 weeks to get Peek customer service to respond to my request for help in activating the device only to be told:
Peek Care, Feb 03 12:43 pm (EST):
We have been winding down the service on Peek devices in the US for some time now, and doing our best to extend the life of the Peeks out there in people's hands. Back in 2010, we did a mass replacement of thousands of Peeks at our own expense -- every Peek sold before then went dark. After maintaining the network through 2011 for the relatively small group of remaining users, we have decommissioned the service at the end of January 2012.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Please note that service is not available for this device. Service for ALL Peek email devices was discontinued in 2012.Published 1 month ago by Harmless Gryphon
The service is dead. Was ok while it lasted.... these will not work anymore.
ok for a paperweight, the ceo amol sarva is a thief.
The fee was the much money for twitter to run on it I was disappointed would not recommend at allPublished on September 7, 2013 by william barnes
Peek no longer provides service for these devices! If you buy it, you won't be able to use it! It is completely useless!Published on December 19, 2012 by Rebekah Duchesneau
I used this when I was travelling and thought it was a good product. Then it wouldn't work. Apparently a lot of people had same problem. Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Buffalo Bill
Just purchased it without reading the reviews. I feel like a fool. I have faith in this little device. Why it is not in service ? Why does AMAZON allows this to happen ? Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by C. Almodovar
You might as well buy a brick. Peek stopped selling service for these devices they won't do anything anymore. Read morePublished on February 2, 2012 by Giqcass
DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. It no longer works and the company has fallen off the grid.
Just wanted to make sure no one bought this product thinking it would be... Read more
I bought a Peek a few years ago with "life time" service. I just got an e-mail from Peek saying that they've been sooo successful that they are no longer providing service. Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by Amazon Customer