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Message Peek for BlackBerry Review

By Ryan Blundell on 12 Mar 2009 10:22 am EDT
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Message Peek for BlackBerry

So for a while now, I've been using PeeKaWho to alert me of messages. In a nutshell, the application notifies you of incoming Email and SMS via Popups, no matter what you are doing on your BlackBerry. This allows you to see the sender, subject and a brief email body. This past October, I had a look at both PeeKaWho and Aerize Email Alerts and decided upon PeeKaWho as my pop up pal. Back then, these two seemed to be your only choices. As time has passed, more companies have jumped on this unique bandwagon. Seeing how there's typically nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, I thought I would introduce some of you to one of the other players in the pop up playing field.

Introducing, from Wise Mobile Solutions, Message Peek... "The best Email/SMS preview software for BlackBerry."

...looks like I'll have another comparison on my hands soon....

Pop quiz, hotshot

After its easy installation, Message Peek is eager to get to work. For those not familiar with this type of application, I will elaborate. Like many of you, it used to bother me when a message came in while I was busy in another application. With no indication of whom it was from or what the message pertained to, I would sometimes find my attention stray from the task at hand. That nagging envelope calling out "read me...reeeeeeeead meeeeee" would sometimes be too much for me to handle.

This application, among others, generates a pop up for your incoming email and SMS messages. You can see the sender, the subject and the body of the message. You can now make a confident decision whether or not to attend to the message right away.

Message Peek for BlackBerry
POP!

Some applications offer to show images that are assigned to contacts in addition to the message. I tried using this feature in the beginning, but quickly found it useless. Message Peek seems to focus on what it's supposed to do; manage your incoming messages. When a message comes in, you will see the sender, subject and the message. Some applications give you a preview of the message body. In Message Peek, I've been able to scroll up and down through entire messages in most cases. At the top of the pop up, the following options appear in an email message:

  • Close
  • Reply
  • Reply All
  • Forward
  • Inbox
  • Mark Read
  • An SMS Message gives you these options;
  • Close Reply 
  • Forward

These provide one less click, enabling for faster message response/management. Selecting one of these sends you to the appropriate section, where you can reply, forward and so on. Other applications may have you open the message, then select how to respond or manage. A minute inconvenience at most. If more than one email arrives on your BlackBerry, Message Peek will display the newest message first, then work its way through the new arrivals as you close the pop ups.

Message Peek for BlackBerry
personalize how you want your pop ups to display

If you visit the actual application, you can fiddle around with the settings until you have it working the way you want it to. You can choose which of you email addresses you want to see pop ups for, or if you want to include SMS messages or not. The display time of pop ups can be managed as well; you have several options between 5 seconds to 5 minutes to never fading out. I found the default medium font size and dark background easier to read, so I didn't have to bother adjusting those. One of the other features is the ability to Black List specific email addresses. You can select addresses from your address book or manually enter one. While this may help prevent annoying forwards from your least favourite Uncle from popping up at the worst time, I would like to see a White List feature. This would make filtering emails much easier. A white list, in my opinion, is much more powerful as it helps block more addresses with less set up.

Message Peek for BlackBerry
don't worry guys, you aren't black listed

Message Peek's pop ups have a very smooth appearance to them. I found them very easy to glance at and, as mentioned before, I love having the ability to view an entire email rather than seeing a preview of it. When replying to emails from within Message Peek, the original message is marked as read. With SMS messages, this is not the case. The SMS message will continue to appear as a new message until you open it in your inbox.

Conclusion

Well, it looks like there is another contender in the pop up world. The shortcuts available offer an easier message management experience. While it may not have all the bells and whistles that other applications may have, it offers reliability, an excellent display and can be found at the low price of $7.99. A 7 day free trial period is offered for those who want to test before they invest. Pick up your copy of Message Peek here.

Pros

  • smooth pop up design
  • message management shortcuts
  • various display options

Cons

  • SMS messages not marked as read after replying

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18 comments

cexshun

With P@W, I can set it to NOT pop up when I'm at the home screen or the messages app. Can you set that with this up? It annoys me receiving a message pop-up while I'm already at the message screen.

Jacket247

Oh My God...what is the punchline to that joke in the first screen-grab?!?!?

I HAVE to know!

cexshun

Whereupon the man says, "Gee thanks, Officer, I thought I was crippled".

ultraluxe

And the drunk man says, "Gee... _____ WHAT????

dixiehuntr

I know...what was the rest of the joke

wnm

One advantage I found in PeekAWho vs. Message Peek is that PeekAWho has a short cut to delete the email. Very useful for spam, or when you know the email is going to another mailbox.

tsells

Message Peek does offer DELETE E-MAIL. You use your DEL button and asks if you want to delete.
Meassage Peek is way better than Peekawho and Aerize on the Bold as it does not slow down the phone and you can read entire text.
5 STARS

ipod frozen

Yes, and this feature alone will save you literally dozens of countless hours with those monotonous email removals. I look for others to provide this feature in the future.

rbecerra

Tried it. Peekawho is better. The reply button and forward buttons don't work in the trial on my 9530. Reviews mention other flaws / bugs.

Stang68

I tried both Aerize and Peek a Who for my Storm and they both slowed down the Blackberry an insane amount. Does this program do this as well when it pops up? It became unbearable that I deleted both programs.

papped

I saw no slowdown for this on the Bold. Agreed, the slowdown is what got me to stop using PeekAWho completely even though I bought it...

hudss

Needs pictureid for me to consider.

DonnyG2

This is a tough one because with peek I can see a small pic of the person trying to contact me but geez I can read their name and be good with that as well. I think all around message peek may end up being the better progam out of the three..........

tetonbb

Doesn't work when the Blackberry is locked.

iceman08

is an original by Jay Hickman. if anyone knows who im talking about please PM me. Jay Hickman (RIP) may make a great joke app.

jrgonz454

I DL peek a who, and it was slowing my Storm to a crawl. After unistall and adding message peek it was not only a better program but my Storm did not slow up. Only problem i have is having to pay the extra 5bucks to make sure you can Re DL incase you lose the app. At least with peek a who you just email them and they hook you right up for free

tedesco

I like the functionality of the reply/forward directly from the pop-up, and wish Peek-A-Who had that function, however I have noticed several mentions of that feature not working on MessagePeek. I am certain both Aerize and Peek-A-who are aware of the competition and will be releasing an update soon. Message Peek is definitely something to look at if you don't have the one of the other preview apps, but if you have already purchased one of the others, then I really don't see the point in getting this one. I guess there's no harm in taking it for a test run though!

shelland

I installed the trial and now no longer get any notification sounds when receiving a text message.