Still using Apple Mail on your iOS device? There’s a better way to do email, and it’s called “Airmail”. While a bevy of alternative iOS email apps have been available ever since Apple allowed third party email apps way back in 2011, the fact of the matter is that none of them come close to offering the simplicity and flexibility of Airmail — more on that later.
Some of you might recognize the name Airmail from the award-winning OS X app which has been around for the better part of half a decade now. If so, then you’re spot on with your guess: Airmail for iOS is a mobile-optimized version of the very same app you might currently be using to handle your inbox on your desktop or laptop computer right now!
Far from just a simple port of the desktop version, Airmail for iOS simply packs more options than just about any other mail app on the iOS App Store right now. Period. While it’s a bit pricier than some of its competitors at $4.99, we believe that this app more than pays for itself by allowing you to be more productive, reactive, and more communicative.
Let's get down to the features, shall we? Airmail supports Gmail, Exchange, IMAP, and POP3. It also includes push notifications, Apple Watch integration, threaded and single message support, email ‘snoozing', iCloud Sync with your Mac's Airmail client, Drafts, multiple signatures, a Unified Inbox, Aliases, 3D Touch, Google Drive & Dropbox integration, and so much more. We mean that last bit, too. There’s so many other features that it’s almost impossible to speak to each and every one of them — which is why we recommend that you head on over to Airmail’s website directly and check out all of the features that each version has brought to the app over time.
Going back to specifics, we believe that the Gmail integration is probably the best that we’ve ever seen outside of Google’s own iOS Gmail app. We’ve never experienced any issues regarding syncing or importing settings from Gmail into the app itself.
The other big thing to note is the inclusion of threaded message support. Gone are the days where you’ll have to search throughout your inbox for the 14 different messages which you might’ve sent someone during a given day. Instead, your messages are grouped together so that you can find all messages sent to a particular contact on the same day. Neat, huh?
Now that we’ve covered most of the ‘under-the-hood’ features, let’s move on to the meat and potatoes of the app: design. Users who have been accustomed to using Apple Mail will delight in the fact that the design feels much more modern than the barely-been-touched-since-iOS-7 design which Apple’s default mail client has. Also important to mention is the fact that the app itself uses a series of left and right swipes in order to allow the user to accomplish certain tasks with a given message. For example, if you left just a little bit and let go, you can trash your message. On the other hand, if you swipe completely to the left, you can move it to an action list for later parsing. Conversely, if a short swipe right will let you archive a message, while a long swipe lets you ‘snooze’ it. Speaking of snoozing, it seems to be a unique feature of Airmail — as far as we can tell. Snoozing lets you temporarily archive a message and have it come back into your inbox after a pre-determined time period, a feature that’s quite useful for those of us who find ourselves having to deal with a larger-than-normal amount of email volume during a given day.
Airmail for iOS is currently available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. If you’d like to find out more then head on over to the website here. Where you can read more about the app as well as new features which will be coming soon over the coming months.
Have you used Airmail in the past? Let us know what you think in the comment section at the bottom of this post!