Early on, the Peek
was an email-exclusive handheld device. The selling
point was its simplicity, as it only did email and nothing more. It was
simple in every respect. Somehow, Peek has now broaden their horizons by
offering the Peek 9, which is said to be 9 times faster than the Peek
Pronto and capable of many, many more tasks.
Over the years, Peek's devices have slowly but surely added features
rather than simply refining the original formula. The guess was that
some people wanted a simple way to check their email on the go, but
communication has morphed so rapidly over the past few years that Peek
has had to adopt Twitter and now Facebook in order to prevent being
deemed irrelevant. After all, email is still very popular, but a lot of
one-on-one communication happens over social networks now.
The Peek 9 also gains PeekMaps and support for an RSS reader, weather
forecast and opening Word/PDF documents. The new handheld is priced at
$69.99 or $99.99 with 2-months of contract-free service bundled in, with
monthly rates running between $9.95/month and $19.95/month after that.
So what's next? A Peek that calls?