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Email Apps For Android: 3 Excellent Options To Try In 2014

Akshata Shanbhag 19-03-2014

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 The 10 Best Email Apps for Android, Compared Email on a smartphone? Use one of these excellent email apps for Android to make the experience more productive and enjoyable. Read More , and we were particularly impressed with K-9 Mail K-9 Mail - The Best Alternative Email Management Solution For Your Android [1.5+] The great thing about Android is that there usually are alternatives to be found that address the shortcomings of one program. Google Play gave me the rather un-mail like name of K-9 Mail. But from... Read More .


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 CloudMagic - Find What You Need In Gmail, Google Apps & Twitter Quick & Easy Nowadays, we are all signed up for so many different services, it can be hard to keep track of them all. We all have Gmail, Google Apps, Twitter and so many more accounts. When you... Read More . 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,, 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.

SolMail [No Longer Available]

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 Setting Up An Email Client? Here Is Mail Server Info For The 3 Biggest Email Providers Do you still use any desktop email clients? The last one that I ever made any significant use of was Outlook Express, and that feels like forever ago. Since then, I've given both Thunderbird and... Read More 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.

Blue Mail

With Blue Mail you can configure any number of accounts, choosing from various email providers including niche ones like Hushmail and 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.

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  1. David
    December 21, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Blue mail and Type Mail are one and the same.

    Read the TOS of Typemail:

    "Type Mail allows you to connect your email account so we can check, process and deliver email on your behalf. Our servers securely store a limited amount of email temporarily..."

    It's not a mere app on your phone. Your mails are passed/send via their intermediary servers.

    An opinion piece:

  2. JP
    November 24, 2015 at 5:35 am

    I just install blue mail and so far I'm lovinf it, the signature option let me put a logo of my compagny wich is a big plus compare to other out there.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      November 24, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Thanks for sharing your experience with Blue Mail, JP :) Good to hear the recommendation has worked out well for you.

  3. DV
    February 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    CloudMagic is really nice indeed, but I wish it could stay only a mail client. The fact that my mails have to go through their servers before reaching me is a deal-breaker for me, mainly in these times of privacy concerns. I know it's for push notifications purpose, but I've dropped it because of it.

    • Akshata
      February 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      I hear you, DV. Finding a decent mail app that takes users' privacy and security concerns seriously seems to be a tall order these days.

  4. Cloud
    July 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I must say I am impressed with CloudMagic's PR team, they have done a good job flooding every review site with reviews touting this platform completely failing to mention that they store all of your email on their servers and then sell it to advertisers for spam purposes.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      February 26, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      if CloudMagic had paid us to write this, it would be clearly stated at the top of the article (and opinions would still be solely that of the author). however, this was just an app round up subject to the author's experience with different mail apps.

  5. Nine or GTFO
    June 28, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    The fact that Nine didn't make your list shows you have no idea what you're talking about and invalidates all other posts you make until you correct yourself.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      February 26, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      you could've just been like "i also highly recommend Nine" instead of like attacking the author and everything they're ever written, lol. not recommending one app doesn't invalidate everything else you've written, that's not how logic works.

  6. Dan
    June 22, 2014 at 10:27 am

    MailWise just got even better! You should see the clear conversation view and Smart mail grouping of mail updates.

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  7. david brown
    April 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I think that another excellent option is MailWise ... it just got a great update.

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  8. Itislikeitis
    April 1, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I also tested some email apps the last weeks and searched a mail app that supports IMAP and Exchange. Finally I got stuck with, it's not perfect but it has a lot of potential.

    • Akshata
      April 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you for sharing that. I, for one, hadn't heard of it.

    • Dan
      June 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

      try out MailWise!
      I think it's the best I found so far [Broken Link Removed]

    • Akshata
      June 29, 2014 at 4:55 am

      I have been hearing good things about MailWise of late. Time to give it a try! Thanks for the tip, Dan.

  9. Etescartz
    March 31, 2014 at 11:34 am

    CloudMagic is the one for me. I've been using it for several months and it just keeps getting better and better. They have a very helpful support team that answered all my questions and indicated solutions for my specific queries. I'm always on the lookout for apps could fulfill my everyday needs and I have yet to find a better email app. (I tried out all the other apps mentioned in this article at the time that I started using CloudMagic and again at the time I'm writing this. For me they haven't improved as much I needed)

  10. likefunbutnot
    March 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I mostly use K9. I can't stand threaded conversation view and I strongly dislike the reply-before-quote style that Gmail for Android uses.

    Most Android E-mail applications I've tried don't properly support IMAP push. K9 is one of the very small number of clients that works the way I want it to.