Gadget Checks Email—Period.

It's light on features, but Peek is perfect for the non-Geek
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2008 3:00 PM CDT
The Peek is displayed Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, in New York.    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – There are two kinds of gadget-buyers: Feature-listers and elegance-appreciators. And, boy, will feature-listers ever hate the Peek, writes David Pogue in the New York Times. The Peek is a simple, cheap little gadget that does nothing but send and receive email. Feature-rich, it ain’t, but it may well appeal to non-techies who appreciate its intense simplicity. “If you get lost on this machine,” writes Pogue, “heaven help your encounters with an ATM.”

The device’s hardware is pretty good. It “shamelessly rips off” the Blackberry’s design, but being so light on features allows it to shed buttons and speakers. It’s thin, it’s light, the battery lasts days. But the software is problematic; it can’t display text formatting or download attachments, the text is tiny. The list goes on. But those sound like feature-lister gripes. Normal people may well say, “Oh, I want that!”