a tech that may possibly be useful for some non-techie tourer?
:NOTE: This is not spam or advertisement, I just thought that a few peoples here might be interested in this item for touring purposes. :NOTE:
Just thought that some of you who don't have a e-mail capable phone or regular internet access might appreciate this info. Could be extremely useful if you are willing to use blogging sites like Blogger which uses e-mail from certain addresses to post to the corresponding blogs.
I was surfing around on engadget and found a article on something called "Peek". This gadget will be released in Target on September 15 for about $100. There is no contract on the e-mailing service and it cost about $20 a month for the services.
If you are concerned about not being able to includes pictures in your blog, you could bring along a digital camera and upload these images when you do have access to a computer. Might be cheaper than buying a all in one gadget and you wouldn't have to be saddled with a contract with most smartphone that can serve similiar service. The Peek uses T-Mobile network. and allows you to connect up to 3 major e-mail account.
Here is a few links I've found on Peek,
Official Site (very little info though)
Peek Official Blog,
the pocketmail would be more useful for world travel. however, the Peek seems to be for sale at target so it might be easier for some of those who wouldn't want to pay more than $100 online. and it seems to be less akward to handle compared to the pocketmail.
I had wanted to get a pocketmail but due to my limited experience with phone in general (I'm deaf) I had avoided getting it since I couldn't check it out in person. If I didn't have my blackberry pearl, I would prefer to get the Peek rather than the pocketmail simply for not having to set up the pocketmail and phone everytime I want to send something.
also in the blog, it seems that peek may will have some more functions added to it later on such as a browser. either way, peek is already better than pocketmail (for those of you with good t-mobile network area) from what I could find and the peek have better components such as color screen. it can even open some attachments which I seem to remember than pocketmail can't.