Thursday, September 11, 2008

State of the Art - David Pogue - New Gadget Sends and Receives E-Mail. That’s It. - NYTimes.com

Appliances R Us...

Make way for another elegant one-trick pony: a pocket-size doodad called the Peek, which sends and receives e-mail. It arrives in Target stores (and getpeek.com) next week, whereupon it will follow the usual cycle of simple, elegant tech products: 1) universal scorn by feature-listers online; 2) quiet, gradual popular acceptance by normal people; 3) bafflement on the part of the feature-listers, who still don’t get that there are two kinds of people in the world.

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And since the Peek is not a business tool, it does without things like a calendar, alarm clock, games, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and anything else that would make it complicated. There are essentially only three screens: the list of messages, the open message itself and a Preferences page.

If you get lost on this machine, heaven help your encounters with an A.T.M.

State of the Art - David Pogue - New Gadget Sends and Receives E-Mail. That’s It. - NYTimes.com

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