You can't make video calls or receive multi-media messages. And it has a few glitches - it's a prototype after all. But the Apple Peel does do what it claims, transforming a an iPod Touch into a multi-tasking smartphone. The South China Morning Post received a prototype Apple Peel and an iPod Touch installed with related software. The device - essentially a docking case with built-in microphone, speakers, a SIM card slot and a battery - fits the iPod Touch like a glove. It weighs about the same as an iPhone 3Gs but is slightly bigger. The installation process is easy. Once installed, your iPod Touch acquires two new software apps - Yosion Phone and YsSMS - one for voice calls and the other for text messaging. iPhone users will feel right at home as the interface is copied from Apple, down to the last detail. You use the same 'virtual' keyboards to write messages, dial numbers and switch between different functions. The response is fast and smooth. We tested Apple Peel both in Shenzhen and in Hong Kong. The call sound is loud and clear, although the quality of the built-in speakers appears inferior to those of the iPhone. Signal reception is as good as the iPhone 4. Text messaging is instant and smooth. Some reports earlier suggested text messages tended to get lost occasionally. Either Yosion Technology has fixed the problem or we got lucky. The Apple Peel only allows basic phone functions and users have to rely on the iPod Touch's Wi-fi function for internet access. Yosion plans to improve that too.