There’s always someone on the Web who’s claiming that email is dead, but your busy inbox tells you otherwise, and these days you often manage it from your mobile device. Android’s native email client does its job well, but with many other excellent (and free!) options available, you may yet find a better way to keep tabs on your email. We have already covered five popular email apps for Android, and we were particularly impressed with K-9 Mail.
In this post, we’ll take a look at three options that we haven’t explored yet.
A couple of years ago, Dave reviewed a search app called CloudMagic. It came with a fast mechanism to search the contents of your Google and Twitter accounts. Now that mechanism has been ported to an email app that was released in the second half of 2013. The original Search app was shut down in Feb 2014.
With email-based and contact-based search, real-time search results, and an autocomplete feature, the comprehensive search function is CloudMagic’s main selling point. This is echoed by the app’s tagline, The email app with magical search. Why spend time organizing your emails when you can retrieve any of them with a simple query?
The app brings you a unified inbox with the option to add up to five email accounts, which should be sufficient for most of us. Take your pick from Gmail, Outlook.com, Google Apps, Yahoo mail, iCloud, Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, and other IMAP accounts. The interface is quick, soothing, and simple, just what you need for a hassle-free email experience.
After I set up my email accounts, I had trouble syncing mails from one of them. CloudMagic pinpointed the problem and guided me to the appropriate section of the FAQs, which gave me step-by-step directions to fix the problem.
Password protection for your mail, reminders for emails, offline previews, and push notifications complete the feature set to give you a sturdy email client. You can’t send email using aliases just yet, but this useful feature is on the cards. The app is also available for iOS. Visit the CloudMagic blog to read about the progress of the app and to get an in-depth look at some of its features.
If you’re looking for a no-nonsense app for checking IMAP and POP3 accounts, SolMail is an effective solution. But threaded conversations and Exchange support are two features that are conspicuously missing. If you cannot do without them, feel free to skip this review and give SolMail a miss. Now that we have got the dealbreakers out of the way, it’s time to focus on what the app does offer.
After you install SolMail and get a colorful overview of its top features, you’ll be prompted to set up your first account and download your emails. To help you with that, we have a post on mail server information for three of the most popular email providers.
The simplicity of the SolMail interface is appealing, and you’ll be able to figure out what’s what at first glance. App elements such as the toolbars and settings stay out of your way until you need to access them. Choose from a set of 700 emoji to add a bit of color to your emails. If you love to pepper your messages with emoticons to match your mood, these fun stickers will delight you with their variety.
The lack of too many bells and whistles works in favor of SolMail. It is an efficient app to manage multiple inboxes from one location, and it comes across as such. If you’re happy with SolMail, you might also be interested in checking out its sister apps, SolCalendar and SolGroup, to boost your productivity and collaborate with people.
With Blue Mail you can configure any number of accounts, choosing from various email providers including niche ones like Hushmail and Mail.ru. I love its option to set quiet hours for individual accounts. It ensures that you’re not bothered with email alerts when you’re in the middle of something important.
The reminder feature saves you the trouble of adding more items to your to-do list. When you receive a bill, for example, you can link it with a date and time that will be convenient for you to make the payment. When it’s time, Blue Mail notifies you, and you can pay the invoice immediately, delete the email, archive it, or mark it Done to get it out of your way.
There are various visual cues to help you make sense of your inbox. For example, emails appended with reminders are identified with an alarm clock icon and those marked Done are accompanied by a check mark.
The busy and colorful app interface may or may not appeal to you. But if you have used Gmail, you’ll find the interface familiar because of the email+icon/avatar combination that highlights the identity of the sender. Also, there is no option to prevent the images in emails from loading automatically, which is major downside from a security perspective. According to the Blue Mail team, you can expect a fix for this soon.
All in all, Blue Mail is an app worth checking out.
Not Everyone Has to Use Gmail
If you’re on the lookout for a better email client, these three new players deserve a spot on your list of potential candidates. Despite having the odd flaw or two, each of them has what it takes to turn into your go-to app to manage all your email accounts from one inbox.
Any other new email apps on your radar? Let us know in the comments.