You’ve been asking for the price and availability of the Apple Peel 520, the magical case which transforms your old iPod touch into an iPhone.
Chinese tech site PConline has just done a review on the final retail version and we are now bringing the whole review to you, in English! This could be the final article you would be reading before buying this Apple Peel 520.
The Apple Peel 520 may be called the greatest accessory for an iPod touch. It turns your iPod touch into a device fully capable of making / receiving calls as well as texts. This incredible slip-on case first showed up in August, we did a review on it, and it seems like the whole world of iPod touch owners got amazed by the cheeky hack. Although it first appeared as a dull black silicon case with a few technical glitches, the latest retail version we have here is fully remixed, with bugs fixed and features a durable hard shell. Here’s the official price: 520 yuan (about $77). Available in eight brilliant colors.
To make a call, just tap the Yosion app and it will bring you to the dialer screen. You can access the setting by tapping the bottom icon to check the communication module is activated or not. You will see the signal bars and battery icon on the middle of the status bar when the communication module is switched on.
Just like the iPhone, you can choose a contact to text message. When a new message is received, a notification will appear too. The speed for sending / receiving of text messages is normal, but the name of the sender cannot be displayed in the new message notification. What’s more, the device does not allow you to type SMS in landscape mode…
This Apple Peel 520 retail version is not perfect. According to PConline, the cellular signal of the device is unstable and Yosion is currently solving this issue. For voice calling, the incoming caller name and number cannot be displayed, a software update for the Yosion app could fix the problem. It’s maybe a sad thing to see that ringtones and SMS tones are not customizable, the device will only give you a vibration and a normal ringtone. The call volume is impossible to adjust and screen does not light up with incoming call. As for the text messaging function, the name of the sender will not appear in new message notification and the app does not allow you to type message in landscape mode. Looking at all these disadvantages, we think these bad stuff could be fixed through software updates for the Yosion and YsSMS apps.
Speaking of overall, it’s definitely a must-have item for old generations iPod touch. It only supports GSM and Edge networks, no 3G. Jailbreak is needed for the Yosion apps to work, any firmware above 3.0 is supported. It may support the new iPod touch in the future, since Yosion needs to wait for the new jailbreak for iOS 4.1 first. So, if you are interested to get one for 520 yuan ($77), you can visit its official Taobao store or just drop us a message on our Twitter and we will try our best to help you with the purchasing.