Email is serious business. I should know. In any case, serious business requires serious tools, and as such, taking a look at the Android email option MailWise Email for Exchange & Hotmail + felt very much like a worthy endeavor.
The application is quite clean, with some similarities with the Gmail app. In the Inbox, for instance, the visual lines are slight but deliberate, with senderÂ avatars to the left. It makes use of the familiar three lined menu activator to the top left. There is a large compose button, and beside it is a selection button and after that a search button. When an email is selected, one will find the same design principles, with easy access to action buttons at the top. Altogether, it feels minimalist without being too lean.
Setting it up with email addresses is simple and intuitive; the system prompts the user through, and after any and all emails are populated, it’s easy to see how the application works in real life. It does not run too different than Gmail, and though we did not try the Enterprise portion of the app, the webmail aspect is a good testimonial.
One of the biggest draws for me is that the app handles mail locally. There isn’t any server issues to contend with, as the developer doesn’t have servers for mail handling. Also, the minimalist threaded look appeals to me as well; the app looks ready for business.
On the flip side, while I dearly appreciate the looks, the app could probably use some more options on the visual side so as to appeal to even more users.Â Also, the option of a unified inbox would probably be welcome, especially since the app handles mail equitably from so many different sources.Editor’s note: MailWise was kind enough to correct us, and show us how to work the unified mailbox; we have adjusted our rating accordingly. We humbly apologize for our error.
All in all, for free option, it’s very hard to not appreciate MailWise. It’s a bold app in a busy space, and has the fortitude to hold its own.
Yahoo Email for Android now gives users the ability to manipulate filters directly from within the application. Now, one may create, update and edit filters on the fly via the app.
This enviable feature removes another barrier to completely mobilizing ones email habits; one does not have to get on the desktop to tweak filter settings.
Altogether, per the app page, the recent update adds:
– Enhanced links: Links are enhanced to be nice cards when you share a link while composing an email
– Updated settings: We’ve simplified settings to make it easier to customize your mailbox
– Filters: Create, update and delete email filters to help organize your mailbox
– Certified Yahoo badge: Email from Yahoo get a special icon so you know it’s from us
Yahoo Email is available for free on the Play Store.
Evomail is part of the new generation of email apps, ones that shoot for a greater degree of accessibility and inbox management. But for me, Evomail comes with one killer feature: the ability to remove emails from the inbox temporarily by ‘snoozing’ them. On my iOS devices, Mailbox’s ease of use and interface has made it my client of choice. This is a problem because I rely on its ability to easily delay emails to a later time to help keep my sanity.
Yet despite Mailbox’s expensive acquisition by Dropbox, it’s still an iOS-only affair. It’s frustrating, because it’s something Google has yet to add in as a built-in feature despite making the Android Gmail app more like Mailbox and Evomail with things like swiping actions. So now Evomail is on Android, and with it, the ability to procrastinate on answering emails. But it’s not quite the great email experience that I wanted.
At its heart, Evomail is a functional email client, supporting the standard list of features that one would quite reasonably expect from an email client. The problem in using it is that everything just feels unwieldy. Nothing feels consistent in function. Even the inbox itself feels like it always has a different group of emails than what I really have. The snooze feature, which moves emails to a new folder but seems to create new unread emails when they return to the inbox, is handy for delaying to later, but just still feels chaotic, because everything appears new, and not in the original chronological order, either. It feels like it’s driving me crazy, and that’s not what this sort of email app should do.
It’s a shame, too, because Evomail has a lot going for it. The swiping to archive and auto-advancing to the next email when archiving from a read message is great. The little settings for send-and-archive and swipe-left-to-snooze are great usability tweaks that make the user feel more comfortable. There’s multiple account (and push notification) support, and this doesn’t just work with Gmail, it works with Yahoo and IMAP accounts. It’s a solid email app, but the way that random emails appear and disappear from the inbox for me? It throws me off.
And really, that’s Evomail’s problem. The chaos is unbearable, and I hope that issues like this are fixed later on. It’s hard to recommend for the Gmail user, but for non-Gmail users? This is one of the few quality options available. For me, someone who uses primarily Google’s email services? I’ll wait for Gmail to add email delaying or for Mailbox to hit Android.
Going out and calling your app iSync is a pretty bold move, and is usually used by app developers who have either a little too much hubris or who are just not confident enough in their appâ€™s ability to sell on its own merit. iSync is a very ambitious app, that unfortunately is buggy, inconsistent, and could have used more time in development. This app aims to house all of your social networks, RSS feeds, and email in one place. This is an idea that has been done before, and done better.
Well start with arguably the most important component, Facebook. Integration with Facebook is an easy selling point, because Facebookâ€™s mobile app needs some major work. iSyncâ€™s Facebook integration makes Zuckerbergâ€™s mobile platform look like a shining beacon within the app world. There are too many problems here to list but the broken friend list probably probably produced the most head scratching. When trying to find a specific friend all I got was everyone on Facebook with a similar name but never the person, or even the correct name, I was looking for. Other problems make the service nearly unusable; for example, the profile viewer only shows the individualâ€™s photo and their gender. Going to their wall allows you to view it but not comment on it, which basically defeats the purpose.
Fortunately, the other features fare better. Twitter integration works very well, but donâ€™t look for it to replace your established app of choice. Frustratingly, I couldnâ€™t get the email app to work, with it refusing to save my GMail login as well as being very, very thin on features. The RSS feature is a nice addition, but again, itâ€™s not good enough to replace any RSS reader that you would already use. This is the central theme though out the entire app; the thrill of having all these services in one place is not enough to justify use of any of the individual apps.