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Despite the litany of new communications services that hit our smartphones on a seemingly daily basis, email continues to soldier on The Odd Story of How Email Became So Damn Popular The Odd Story of How Email Became So Damn Popular Email seems like such a primitive bit of technology. How did it ever become so popular? And how come we still use it to this day? Here's the story of how it all happened. Read More as most people’s preference for sending files, contacting estranged friends, and dealing with companies.

There were an eye-watering 205 billion emails sent every day in 2015 — and that figure is expected to reach 250 billion by the turn of the decade.

But which Android email app 5 Excellent Email Apps for Android, Compared 5 Excellent Email Apps for Android, Compared You probably use your smartphone for email, but switching to one of these apps could make that experience a lot better for you. Read More should you be using to access all your messages?

We’ve looked at email apps extensively in the past, so a word of warning before we continue: We will be steering clear of the likes of Gmail, and instead looking at some more unique options.

For an Instant Messaging Experience: WeMail

Instead of using a traditional email inbox, WeMail tries to replicate the fluidity and nimbleness of the now ubiquitous instant messaging apps 6 Open Source Messaging Apps More Secure Than Skype 6 Open Source Messaging Apps More Secure Than Skype Skype has never been the most safe or secure communication protocol, and after Microsoft took over in 2011, concerns over privacy began to pile up. Can these secure, open source alternatives allay those fears? Read More .

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It will sort your inbox by sender and displays email conversations in a threaded, chat-like way. It also offers a “Quick Reply” function and allows you to send short voice snippets, just like WhatsApp.

Finally, it provides an easy way to access every document you’ve ever sent or received — no more searching through endless pages of messages just to find that flight confirmation!

It currently supports Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and Outlook. According to their Google Play Store listing, IMAP and Exchange are in development.

Download: WeMail (Free) on the Google Play Store

For Material Design: TypeApp Mail

With an average rating of 4.6 and 85,000 five-stars reviews, this is one of the most highly-regarded email apps in the Play Store. It is also one of the most beautiful Craving Some Material Design? Download These Great Android Apps Craving Some Material Design? Download These Great Android Apps Android 5.0 Lollipop is here, but to get the full effect, you need apps that stay true to the Material Design philosophy. We can help you find the best of them. Read More .

Beauty in itself is not enough, however. It also needs to be functional, easy on the eyes, and easy on the fingers. TypeApp is excellent in all of these ways.

Features include:

  • Quiet hours, custom sounds, and snooze alerts
  • Smart email clusters that’ll pull together messages about the same topic from different senders
  • Light and dark themes
  • Mobile printing
  • Rich text signatures

Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook/Hotmail, AOL, and iCloud are all supported, along with many less-common providers such as Hushmail and Zoho. It also supports IMAP, Exchange, and POP3.

Download: TypeMail (Free) on the Google Play Store

For Open Source Lovers: K-9 Mail

K-9 Mail is probably one of the best-known Android email apps. It is approaching its tenth birthday and has been downloaded almost 10,000,000 times.

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Although it’s design looks somewhat dated, it is one of the most functional apps in the Play Store. Much of that stems from its open source credentials 12 Best Free and Open Source Android Apps 12 Best Free and Open Source Android Apps Are you an open source enthusiast? Then you'll love these apps for your Android phone or tablet. Read More , with the code having been available since October 27, 2008.

It supports multi-folder syncing, email flagging, signatures, and Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) software, as well as lots more customization options.

Download: K-9 Mail (Free) on the Google Play Store

For Simplicity: Mailwise

Mailwise is excellently designed and is fast and intuitive to use. But that’s not its biggest strength — rather, it’s the apps incredible ability to strip out all the unnecessary clutter from emails so that only the pertinent information is displayed on-screen.

Allow us to paint you a picture. You’re stuck in an important email thread at your office. Some of the information included is vital to an upcoming client meeting, so you have to read it all. Annoyingly, however, more than 50 percent of the email is taken up by signatures The Visual Guide to Creating the Perfect Email Signature The Visual Guide to Creating the Perfect Email Signature One of the most important things about an email is a good signature. Read More , company logos, and messages that implore you to avoid printing and save the environment.

Mailwise will hide all this junk, along with repetitive phrases such as “Hi again”, “Good Morning”, and “Regards”. It makes threads much easier to follow and makes you less likely to miss out on key details.

Download: Mailwise (Free) on the Google Play Store

For Productivity Geeks: CloudMagic

If you use cloud or Internet-based services to perform your job or your simple day-to-day activities, then CloudMagic is the email app for you.

It hasn’t been around for as long as some of the other options on this list, but that doesn’t mean it should be neglected. It boasts a sleek Material Design layout which prioritizes simplicity over on-screen buttons, yet it still manages offers all the power features you’d expect from a modern email app.

The feature that sets it apart from its competitors, however, is its integration with a plethora of third-party services Use Google Now to Control Third-Party Apps with Your Voice Use Google Now to Control Third-Party Apps with Your Voice Google Now isn't just limited to Google services; in fact, it integrates really well with a bunch of popular apps. Read More . These include Wunderlist, Todoist, Evernote, OneNote, Trello, Zendesk, Salesforce, Asana, Instapaper, OmniFocus, and many more. Emails can be saved to the services, images can be imported from them, and calendar appointments can be synced.

Download: CloudMagic (Free) on the Google Play Store

For Solid All-Round Performance: myMail

There is nothing about myMail that makes it particularly outstanding, it just does lots of things really well.

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For example, the design is neat without being mind-blowing, the features are extensive without being best-in-class, and its supported protocols are well-varied without being all-encompassing.

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The app plays nicely with Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail, GMX, Apple, Yahoo, and AOL. Features include contact avatars, message flagging, email threads (to show your whole conversation on one screen), and numerous email filters.

Download: myMail (Free) on the Google Play Store

For Microsoft Users: Nine – Exchange

Unfortunately, the official Outlook Android app has been plagued with issues. A cursory look at the comments on the Google Play Store reveal people experiencing everything from syncing issues to performance problems.

So, what should you do if you are heavily invested in the Microsoft ecosystem Microsoft Outlook Web Vs. Desktop: Which One Is Best for You? Microsoft Outlook Web Vs. Desktop: Which One Is Best for You? Outlook.com is a powerful online email client that comes free with Office Online. But can Outlook on the web compete with its desktop counterpart? Our Outlook comparison will help you decide for yourself. Read More , and specifically, anything using the Microsoft Exchange Server?

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The answer: download Nine.

It’s primarily aimed at professional users, so it doesn’t support basic Gmail or Yahoo (though it does support Google Apps). From a privacy perspective, it won’t index any of your emails on its own servers, while from a features perspective, it will sync with your contacts, calendars, tasks, and notes across all your mobile devices.

Download: Nine (Free two-week trial, $9.99 thereafter) on the Google Play Store

What App Do You Use?

We’ve listed seven apps that approach email in a unique way; however, there are lots more, each of which has its own positives and negatives.

Which email apps do you rely on? Are you happy with the stock Gmail offering? Have you used one of our recommendations? Or do you use something else entirely?

We’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations — just let us know your tips in the comments section below.

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