Airmail for iPhone review: Power user email


If you want to drive an average tech nerd crazy, try to talk about email clients.

Despite its archaic nature and stale protocols, email works – it’s the closest thing to a common standard for digital communication we have. Messaging services may rise and grow and fall and shut down, but email will always be there, humbly humming along, hoarding thousands of unread messages in your inbox. You have to believe that, if this planet were to end tomorrow, cockroaches and IMAP would survive it.

I’ve been trying Airmail for the past couple of months, and it brings some unique features and options to the table, but, as usual, the road ahead is going to be long.

I consider myself an email power user (I get approx 2000 emails/day) and there is no way I would try and deal with that many emails on the iPhone or even an iPad.

  • rick gregory

    2000? How many are junk? Are subscriptions/newsletters, etc??

    • Most are generic – press releases, newsletters, mailing lists, etc. Still, about 10% are things I need to deal with directly.

      • rick gregory

        whew. 200 is a lot, but 2000 would be insane.

        BTW thanks for linking to this. I use and like Airmail on OS X. When they get an iPad version Ill probably move from Outlook.

  • Mo

    For me, having to use email in iOS means either my neighborhood’s undergoing a power failure, or we’re on the road and needed to reduce our luggage weight. Small screen, and none of the category-folders I use on the Mac. Either way, while I know I can rely upon it, I don’t enjoy it very much.

  • JohnDoey

    I use an email client called No Mail that I created myself simply by refusing to do email anymore. The alternate name for it is More Time or More Productivity or Better Health.

    If it is important, then they will call or text. Progress comes from the antique things you let go of.

    • LOL Lots of my emails are important but they are often from people I don’t want calling or texting me. 🙂

  • And then there’s MailMate. The Sweet Setup’s fave is Airmail too. In their review Airmail is “The Best Third-Party Email Client (for Most People)” and MailMate is “The Best Third-Party Email Client for Power Users”. So Shawn, which email client do you use?

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