All of us have multiple email accounts (ISP, work, Gmail, Yahoo!, et al), and managing the growing influx of messages, cc’s, bcc’s, and spam is a daily effort. Worse, email goes wherever we go. Mac, iPhone, iPad.
Short of going off the grid can anything be done about the negatives of email? In short, no. It’s here to stay, and it’s not getting better. That hasn’t stopped me from looking for email alternatives to Mail on OS X and iOS, and I found one in Airmail, a very inexpensive Mac email app which does less.
It’s not that Airmail is short on features. It’s not. It simply feels thinner and lighter and more approachable than Apple’s Mail. Airmail still has a unified inbox with folders and it handles multiple email accounts, and editable signatures. It even works with Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo!, AOL, and most IMAP servers.
Airmail is visually familiar yet, cleaner and less cluttered than Mail.
Organizing messages is straightforward with folders and nested folders. Search covers all email accounts, but can be filtered as you search. Compose messages in HTML or text, but setup custom settings per account. Notifications even vary per account.
There’s plenty to like in Airmail and it’s remarkably priced ($1.99 for now). There’s something refreshing about using a new email app, especially one that has plenty of the most used features, but absent the cruft and clutter of Mail.
The negatives still show up, though. There’s no POP email or Exchange email. And no junk email filter.