Peek: Email Only, Please
Peek is an email-centric device. In fact, that’s all it does. No web browsing whatsoever. However, the reviews of the device have universally said it handles email fairly well.
The device is a tri-band GSM device (GSM 850/1800/1900) that operates at GPRS speeds only, meaning it will fetch data slower than dialup speeds. However, GPRS is pretty much available everywhere, which means it will work, just very slow.
While it doesn’t say so explicitly anywhere in the FAQ, it appears that Peek’s service does proxy the email before sending it to the device. Given the relatively pokey GPRS speeds, this probably a good thing.
The device will set you back $100 and the U.S.-based service will cost you $20 a month for unlimited data. However, if you take advantage of this special offer, you can get 3 months of service for half off!
Me? My email-only device right now is a Nokia E61i. It’s a bit more complex of a device, but unlike the Peek, it handles web-based email, SMS, and can make phone calls in a pinch.