You remember Peek, don’t you? Well the company is back and confident yet again that it’s going to take the world by storm with the new Peek Pronto. Retailing for $79.95, the Pronto ups the ante from its past offering by allowing users to manage up to five email accounts with push and support for PDFs, DOCs and pictures on a device with a full-QWERTY keypad, 8MB of internal memory and a 2.5″ QVGA 65,000-color display. As with the original Peek, the Pronto runs contract-free on T-Mobile’s GPRS network for $19.95 per month, which not only includes unlimited email but also unlimited text messages via an email gateway. So will the Pronto take off like its predecessor never did? Who knows, but one thing is for sure — if the new Peek Pronto is named Time Gadget of the Year, we might have to close up shop.
DataViz, makers of the immensely popular Documents To Go for the BlackBerry, Palm, Symbian, and Windows Mobile platforms will begin offering its products to Android users in 2009. In case you somehow haven’t heard of the company’s work, Documents To Go allows users to view, edit, and create Word, Excel, Powerpoint and .pdf files right on their mobiles, and RoadSync is one of the most popular third-party Exchange applications in existence. While DataViz apps do carry a hefty price tag, they’re also very well made and always come along with a lengthy trial period. No time line for release has been set other than it will be out sometime in 2009, so for now a simple email update sign-up page has been created.
The Gmail team has apparently been working some solid overtime lately – perhaps Google freed up some cash recently. Just in the past week, the Gmail team has added a nice task manager to Labs, SMS messaging to the integrated chat functionality and now enhanced PDF attachment handling. Gmail users will be happy to learn that Google has completely revamped the way that PDF attachments are viewed. Opening PDF files in a browser is traditionally not a fun thing to do. Many still avoid doing so due to the bad memories of bogging and crashes associated with the Acrobat Reader browser plug-in. For Gmail users, the pain is gone. Gmail now gives PDFs a view option that thankfully forgoes Acrobat and opens them with an OS X Preview-like view. Simple and quick, as it should be. The new implementation should already be rolled out so get ready to start painlessly viewing PDF attachments and wishing that all browser-based PDF viewing could be so easy.