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Email Only Device-Peek-at the Top of Time’s Gadget of the Year List

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What does this say? I’m not sure. Much of the excitement in the mobile tech space has been and continues to be about smartphones, netbooks, and MIDs, all devices that can do mulitple things. So, why is an email only handheld device, the Peek, leading the vote getters in Time Magazine’s Gadget of the Year List for 2008? Is it that consumers want simplicity? Is it because the voting is rigged? Is it the price? I’m not sure.

Thoughts?

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

6 Comments

  1. Rob Bushway

    11/03/2008 at 9:39 am

    my mom wants one – doesn’t want the web – just email only.

  2. MarceloR

    11/03/2008 at 10:00 am

    I vote for the “voting is rigged” option.

  3. Sumocat

    11/03/2008 at 10:59 am

    I get why people would want email without web, IM/text, or any of that, but why email without voice? Even if you don’t make many calls (like me), a mobile phone for emergencies makes sense (in fact, I called 911 via my iPhone on Saturday night to report a domestic conflict a couple buildings away). Simplicity is great, but an email-only appliance that only supports JPG attachments (with no camera to send JPGs) gets you very little bang for the buck.

  4. archiwiz

    11/03/2008 at 12:52 pm

    I second the “Voting is rigged” option. I find it hard to believe that people want to add one more gadget (which does just ONE thing BTW) to their list, which also introduces extra wires in their arsenal.

  5. Rich

    11/03/2008 at 5:36 pm

    It’s VOTING FRAUD! Take a look at the e-mail I just got from an old business acquaintance:
    ————————–
    Hi,

    We’ve been chosen to be one of the top 10 TIME Gadgets of the year, and with your help, we could make it to #1. We started at #7, and are already at #3. So there is hope.

    *Really important* — please don’t forget to rank us (from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest). By default, the ranking is set to 5, but if you notice, the ranking is even more important than the # of votes. We’re rated #3 right now, and have less votes than other devices in the top 10 list.

    Here is the link to the Eye-Fi Explore voting page:

    http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1852747_1852746_1852740,00.html

    It’s an honor to be among the other 9 devices, all of which are made by much larger companies than Eye-Fi.

    THANKS A LOT

  6. John

    11/03/2008 at 10:47 pm

    I know the guys over at Peek and I’m certain they wouldn’t do a thing like that. They’re 100% legit. They have no need to set up anything that you just mentioned.

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