Molto for iOS Provides A Social Network Like User Interface for Email

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Face it: there’s no perfect solution for checking and managing emails, but thankfully smart and creative developers are providing a range of mail program solutions to choose from. Molto is a brand new free email client for the iPad and iPhone, originally named Incredimail.

Molto follows the release this year of similar mobile mail apps including Boxer, Mailbox, and Cloze. Each of these mail clients offers a different approach for slightly different needs. What’s unique about Molto is its user interface and social network integration, similar to Cloze and Mail Pilot.

Molto iPad Layout

Like other mobile clients, both versions of Molto support all major email providers including Gmail, Yahoo!, Outlook and iCloud as well as standard POP3 and IMAP accounts. It also supports multiple accounts and automatically links photo icons from your Facebook and Contacts profile images if available. The mail app is also localized for languages other than English.

On the iPad, Molto opens in landscape view and messages are displayed in two columns, instead of one. You can swipe your finger left and right to browse messages previews.

Main Grid

This UI is similar to browsing content on social networks like Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest. Attached images in messages are displayed in previews, which is a feature often missing in other mobile clients we’ve reviewed.

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Tapping on the iOS menu button in the top-left of the app reveals the Inbox and other associated account folders. If you add your Facebook account, the sidebar also integrates with your Facebook Photo Inbox.

Molto folders

Managing Messages

You can tap the Edit button on the right of the home screen to selectively batch delete or archive messages, mark them as favorites, or move them to a designated folder in the sidebar. These same management features can be applied to individual messages by pulling down on a message in preview, or when opened in a single column.

Molto management

Tapping on a message opens it nearly full screen, and all threaded conversations are displayed in a single space. From there you can reply, mark, and delete a single message.

Molto message

Molto also includes an in-app web browser so links don’t take you outside of the app.

Sending Messages

Naturally you can send messages in Molto, but the app also includes a stationery feature similar to Apple’s Mail Stationery. The set of ten mail templates can be accessed after you start composing a new message, accessed by tapping the tab on the right side of the screen. Developers say that additional stationery and rich content features will be added in upcoming updates.

Molto-8

As with other mail clients, you can add photos to your messages straight from your iOS Camera Roll or by taking a photo right from within the app. Multiple photos can be added to a single message.

Full Message View

Tapping on the gear icon in the sidebar of Molto opens its Settings where you can add a default signature, and also turn off the stamp that links to the IncrediMail website.

iPhone Version

The iPhone version of Molto uses the traditional vertical user interface, but with all the basic features of the iPad version except for the stationery. It also includes an extra feature in the sidebar called All Stars, which consists of senders of messages that most populate your Inbox.

Molto_All_Stars

When you tap on a name, it reveals all the recent emails by that person. It’s sort of like the VIP feature in Apple’s Mail, but you’re not manually selecting who goes on that list. Tapping a person lists emails from that particular All Star and at the bottom of the screen is a small composition box for quickly sending an email to that selected person.

In addition, the sidebar actually has an Unread message box, which for some reason you don’t always find in many mail clients, mobile or desktop.

Conclusion

Molto may not fit all your mail program needs (for example, it does not have a corresponding desktop client), but both versions of the app include features not found in other mobile mail apps, particularly Apple’s default iOS Mail program.

Download Molto for iPad (Free)

Let us know what you think of these mail clients, and what features you would like to see added to them.

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