CNET First Look
Peek ProntoThe Peek Pronto's lower price and addition of text messaging makes this a great, affordable alternative for messaging addicts.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> I'm Nicole Lee, Associate Editor for CNET.com and this is a First Look at the Peek Pronto. The Peek Pronto is the sequel to the Peek e-mail-only handheld from last year. However, the Peek Pronto has a few more features going for it. As you can see the Peek Pronto looks exactly the same as the original Peek. It's the same hardware, the same device except for a slightly better keyboard. On the front here is a 2.5-inch QVGA display. Underneath that you do get the very tactile, very easy to use QWERTY keyboard. On the side you do get the jog dial for scrolling through messages. You also get the Back button. On the top you also get the Power switch. And on the other side you do get the charger jack. On the top here you do get a flashing blue LED that shows incoming messages. The interface is pretty simple. Right on the front is a list of messages like you will see on a regular email inbox. Setting up email is pretty easy. All you have to do is enter in your name, email address, log it and password information and you're good to go. The Peek Pronto works with almost any email service as well as the regular web email services like Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail and so forth, as well as any compatible Internet service provider. Unlike the original Peek, the Peek Pronto does a lot more than just email. It also offers text messaging, which means you can send and receive text with the Peek Pronto. How does it do that? What you do is you enter in your phone number as you would an email address, so it would be like your friends cell phone number at txt.att.net if it's a AT&T cell phone number. And when your friend receives the text message from the Peek Pronto he will receive it from a ten digit number assigned to the Peek Pronto. So that way you can still send and receive text messages without incurring any additional fees. The Peek Pronto also has support for Word and PDF document. You can read them right directly on the device. You also can get Microsoft Exchange mails which means you can -- you can get all your -- all of -- which means you can get all of your work email and contacts on here. The Peek Pronto also has search, which the original Peek did not. That means you can search through all of your messages very easily. The Peek Pronto is also a cheaper than when the original Peek was released. It's around 79.99 for the device itself and then $17 a month if you go for the quarterly payment plan. Considering that most carriers have very expensive data plans as well as very expensive messaging plans, this $17 a month for the Peek Pronto maybe worth it. All you do is to send text and to send email. My name is Nicole Lee this has been a First Look at the Peek Pronto. ^M00:02:34 [ Music ]