E-mail apps for iOS and MacOS and their features

E-mail apps for iOS and MacOS and their features

14/12/2015 1 By admin

I was looking at all the people which were/are using Mailbox and were looking for an alternatives (because they shutdown next month) and thought that it would be good to see a comparison of alternative e-mails apps. I wasn’t using Mailbox myself but was looking a few months ago for alternatives for the standard Mail app especially because of the way it handles attachments but also other things.

Here is a part of an offline Excel sheet I created to compare almost all apps. You can download a copy here. See a better image here and here. Still work in progress btw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To download a copy of the sheet press here (I will get a notification if you want to access and will approve ASAP)..

A few critical notes about security and third party e-mail apps in general:

1) A critical blog about Readdle’s Spark here.
2) A critical blog about Microsoft Outlook app has serious security risks for Business use.
3) A critical blog about Blue Mail / TypeApp regarding the use of AWS storage/usage.
4) A critical forum post about privacy/security in e-mail apps.

E-mail apps (full attachment support):

Spark (by Readdle) (free) – TIP – my favorite option – great review here – add multiple attachments at once!, reminders/snooze, swipe gestures (customizable), landscape support, smart inbox, calendar, language support for major languages only, Apple Watch support, quick reply, iPad is supported, Slide Over/Split View iPad (multitasking), no badge icon support (when background app refresh is off, otherwise it works fine with latest beta app), does not support html signatures, has option for multiple signatures, read receipts (beta app only), 3D Touch support (iPhone 6s+)

Microsoft Outlook (free) – attachment one by one, shows attachments above message, reminders/snooze, swipe gestures (customizable), landscape support, smart inbox, calendar, support multiple languages, does not support html signatures, has option for multiple signatures, Apple Watch support, Slide Over/Split View iPad (multitasking), no quick reply

Airmail (4,99 dollar iOS iPhone only, 9.99 dollar MacOS) – TIP – great review here – attachments one by one, reminders/snooze, swipe gestures (customizable), landscape support, smart/unified inbox, language support, Apple Watch support, support badge icon (inbox zero), support html signatures, has option for multiple signatures, 3D Touch support (iPhone 6s+), no calendar, no quick reply, iPad support, Slide Over/Split View iPad (multitasking),┬ápasscode lock option/TouchID, schedule e-mail, read receipt

Email by Easylido (free) – attachments one by one, shows attachments above message, reminders/snooze, swipe gestures (customizable), landscape support, smart/unified inbox, no language support, no Apple Watch support, support badge app icon (inbox zero), has 3D Touch, no calendar support, no quick reply, iPad support, Slide Over/Split View iPad (multitasking), can’t search in e-mails older then 3 months.

SlideMail (free) – attachments one by one, shows attachments above message, no reminders/snooze, swipe gestures (customizable), no landscape support, smart/unified inbox, no language support, no Apple Wathc support, support badge app icon (inbox zero) no 3D Touch, has calendar support, no quick reply, no iPad support

BlueMail / TypeMail (free) – attachment one by one, shows attachments above message, reminders/snooze, swipe gestures, unified inbox but not smartinbox, passcode lock option/TouchID, tasks view, no calendar, no Apple Watch support, quick reply, does not support html signatures, has option for multiple signatures (app seems the same as TypeApp)

CloudMagic Email (free, with in-app purchase option 9,99 dollar) – attachment one by one, reminders/snooze, unified inbox but not smartinbox, passcode lock option, support multiple languages, no landscape, has html signature(s) support, Apple Watch support, 3D Touch support (iPhone 6s+), also has a Mac app (19.99 dollar) – bug: has issues with pressing button links in e-mails

Boxer(free) – limitations: not able to adjust signature, only 1 e-mail account, no pin protection – attachment one by one, reminders/snooze, swipe gestures (customizable), has landscape feature, no smart inbox but smart folders, calendar, no Apple Watch support, quick reply, does not support html signatures, has option for multiple signatures

Boxer (4,99 dollar) – limitations of free version removed – attachment one by one, reminders/snooze, swipe gestures (customizable), has landscape feature, no smart inbox but smart folders, calendar, no Apple Watch support, quick reply, does not support html signatures, has option for multiple signatures

Unibox (free, with in-app update 4,99 dollar (in the pro version you can adjust signature, adjust sync months more then 3 months, multiple e-mail accounts) – also for MacOS (15,99 dollar) – attachment one by one, reminders/snooze, swipe gestures, has landscape feature, smart inbox (chat), no calendar,no Apple Watch support

Mail Pilot 2 (9,99 dollar) – also for MacOS (19,99 dollar) – attachment one by one, reminders/snooze, swipe gestures, unknown if it has landscape option, smart inbox, calendar, Apple Watch support, Slide Over/Split View iPad (multitasking), can’t create (multiple) signatures, has built in signature from Mail Pilot 2 which you can’t remove

Timyo (free) – attachment one by one, reminders/snooze, no calendar, but calendar e-mail view, no Apple Watch support

Inky Mail Pro (free app, but 5 dollar monthly subscription service) – attachment one by one, reminders/snooze?, swipe gestures, unknown if it has landscape option, smart inbox, calendar, no Apple Watch support

Nacho Mail (free, after 1 year 1,99 dollar a year) – attachment one by one, reminders/snooze?, swipe gestures?, unknown if it has landscape option, smart inbox, calendar, no Apple Watch support

Polymail (expected, beta only) – reminders/snooze, all other features unknown yet

Mail (by Apple) – attachment one by one, no reminders/snooze feature, has landscape feature, only iOS9 and up support this feature

Nice overview of features of various app can be found in this review.

Note: You can attach files up to 20MB in size limited to 10MB per file (at least with Spark, CloudMagic that is the case with the majority of cloud storage (e.g. Dropbox) of which you grab the files.

E-mail apps (only link to attachment in cloud, no support for ‘real’ attachment):

Mailbox (by Dropbox) (free) – will stop end of February 2016 – attachment one by one, reminders/snooze, swipe gestures, has landscape option, no Apple Watch support

Gmail (by Google) (free) – no Apple Watch support
Inbox by Gmail (free) – Boxy also for MacOS (3,99 dollar) – no Apple Watch support
Yahoo Mail (free) – no Apple Watch support
myMail (free) – Apple Watch support, Slide Over/Split View iPad (multitasking)
Inboxcube (free) – no Apple Watch support
Zero (free, with in-app purchases) – no Apple Watch support
Hop (free) – no Apple Watch support
ClearSlide Mail (free) – no Apple Watch support

Can only attach images:
Dispatch (6,99 dollar) – according to App Store description , attachment one by one (photo only), no reminders/snooze, swipe gestures, no landscape option, Apple Watch support,
quick reply, no push notification

Mailburn – photos only attach
Notion – photos only attach
Handle – photos only attach

Other alternatives (document viewer, not e-mail app):
Documents 5 (by Readdle) (free)
TinyPDF (free)
FileBrowser (5,99 dollar) | note: The free lite version doesn’t offer the feature

MacOS e-mail apps/software:
Boxy (for Inbox by Gmail) (4.99 dollar)
Unibox (15.99 dollar)
Mailbox (free) – will stop end of February 2016 – software download, not app
CloudMagic Email (19.99 dollar)
Mail Pilot 2 (19.99 dollar)
Airmail 2.5 (9.99 dollar)
Nylas N1 (free) – software download, not app, also available for Windows and Linux
WMail (free) – software download, not app
Postbox (16.94 euro) – software download, not app, also available for Windows
Mailplane (23.50 euro) – software download, not app
Thunderbird (free) – software download, not app, also available for Windows
Kiwi for Gmail Lite (free) | Kiwi for Gmail (9.99 dollar)
Mia for Gmail (software, free) and app (free, 1,99 in-app purchase)
Mailpile (free) – software download, not app, also available for Windows and Linux
Spark (expected)
Polymail (expected)

Android (only):
Aqua Mail
Nine
MailWise

I posted this overview earlier on the MacRumors forum, see here.

I have created a complete Excel sheet overview will all features you can think off.
For requests contact me via @pacorob on Twitter.

Last updated: 12th of April ’16