These days your mobile phone can do many things for you, so you do not really need to depend on other devices. The latest on these lines, is an email app for your iPhone. Email apps have been designed previously for other mobile platforms like Sparrow, Mailbox, Inbox etc. Each of these had special features which made your task of working with email much easier. The features that they had were easy to adapt to and were designed for you to use in a special manner.
The new entrant and what it offers
The recent entrant – Airmail for iPhone – is not really new. Airmail for Mac platform existed before but it is only now that the iPhone version has been launched. The Mac version had many takers but then with a big screen and a keyboard, creating an app is much less a challenge as compared with creating an app for a smart phone. There are no special features as such with Airmail. While some might frown on this, it can also be translated as the mail app that allows the users to handle their mail, the way they want to. It is flexible. Airmail offers you all that you would want from a mail like the unified inbox, support for email providers, customized navigation etc. In short, it takes you back to the basics and sometimes simplifying things does make a difference. However, Airmail is not just this, it does have quite a few modern functions inbuilt into it. For example, if you do not wish to be informed about a mail, you can put it on snooze, you can save the mail as a memo or as a ‘to do’ list. Agreed that even the so called modern functions are not unique to this particular app but then it not trying to be any different than them.
What sets Airmail apart?
Having understood Airmail for iPhone as a regular mail app, lets try to understand why it is being marketed as a perfect email app for your IPhone. As compared with other popular apps like Spark and Outlook, it is a hands down winner in the freedom it gives to you to customize. The power that you as a user have with this app is huge. Some of these are
– It starts with being able to customize simple things like color of your account and the labels there in, you can also change the icons in the mail.
– For ease of reading, you can differentiate between read and unread emails by highlighting both of them.
– You can also customize the length of the mail text that you want to read as a preview.
– Toggles can be set up for images, search in the spam folder, etc
– You can decide on the image download time.
– You can create a pdf file of your mail instantly.
Integration with third party apps
The biggest issue with apps is which all to download. You will come across so many apps which will be perfect for a certain function but they will work independent of some other apps. This will mean that you will have to download both. With Airmail, you are in luck for it is compatible with apps like Dropbox, Google Drive, Trello, Evernote, Pocket etc.
In short, Airmail, as of today is the best possible email app for iPhone. With the amount of customization that can be done, it is no longer a designer’s app but your own which you can personalize for your use.