Has there ever been a non-disease scourge worse than email? Apple’s Mac Mail and iOS Mail are OK, perfectly good for those Apple customers who, 1) don’t care, 2) came from Windows PCs, 3) haven’t heard about the new generation email apps available these days. Here’s a quick look at a few of those new gen email apps for Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Why? Because nothing improves without change.
Canary Mail – this is the newest of the category of new gen email apps. Canary Mail is free, supports encrypted email, stores credential on your Mac, lets you track messages, features a snooze button, and while it doesn’t kill spam, it can dim it so you know what it doesn’t like. No iPhone version. Yet.
Polymail – is packed with features, including email message tracking, undo send, send later, and contact profiles. Polymail integrates with Calendar, comes with message templates, and handles most email servers except Microsoft Exchange. It’s a subscription-based email app for Mac, iPhone, and iPad with a free version to get started. Want more features? Be prepared to pay about as much as Microsoft Office or Photoshop by the month.
Spark – is an email app to love and might just have the best user interface available. Search is fast, notifications work better than Mail, and the interface is the most intuitive. Spark is free, but I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. Nothing this good is free forever. Best feature? Accounts sync between devices. Setup on Mac, accounts automatically show up on iPad, iPhone, and Watch.
Airmail – is my favorite of the new generation Mail wannabes. It’s more customizable than Spark, syncs account data, too, runs everywhere, and unlike Polymail, Airmail is affordable with all the features (some of which could be easily synced between devices but are not, and some configurations require thought). Also works with SpamSieve.
Newton – was once called CloudMagic and was loved by all, but then became Newton, which begat a subscription price tag, and I dropped it from my list. Newton went from being promising because it runs everywhere to expensive and half baked.
Elsewhere – if you love Windows and Office then you’ll love Outlook, free on iPhone and iPad, and available standalone for Mac (or, as part of Office 365). I just have a hard time calling Outlook new gen. There’s also Thunderbird and a handful of other email apps and Mail wannabes, but the new generation email app seems to have adopted an easier interface than Mail, sheds some of the 20th century feature set (including spam) for an easier to love UI, focuses on a few features like send later, snooze, and account sync (which even Mail cannot do).
Of all those email apps I’ve tried this year I’ve stuck with Airmail because it handles spam, syncs between devices, and is affordable without a subscription.