Upgrading the Inbox: 6 Smarter Email Apps

Upgrading the Inbox: 6 Smarter Email Apps

Jason Rodway
Aug 14, 2013

Email apps native to each smartphone OS, whether Android, iOS, or Windows Phone, are usually equipped with an overlap of standard level features. In the end they're just...standard. But there are an assortment of options available offering alternative designs or feature upgrades. Here are 6 smartphone email clients to make the most mundane task of managing an email inbox from a mobile device faster, easier, and just a little different from the stock options...


Left: Triage - Right: Evomail

Nothing is more discouraging than opening up the inbox to find a huge jumbled mess of messages to be sorted. As its name implies, Triage aims to heal the inbox one e-mail at a time, displaying each message as a card. Swiping up archives it, while swiping down deletes the email permanently. If an e-mail requires more attention, tap it to reply or forward. Triage currently supports iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, and IMAP based clients. $2

An effective way to simplify a mass influx of e-mail to the most basic level is using Evomails swipe left to delete / right to archive interface. Relatively new, Evomail supports iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo and IMAP accounts with promise for more to come. Not many free e-mail alternatives offer users access to folders, labels, or stars, so it doesn't hurt your wallet to check Evomail out. Free

For pros-on-the-go requiring Exchange or Outlook e-mail clients support (on top of the standard iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo and IMAP accounts), Boxer is highly recommended. Along with access to more services, Boxer also boasts a flattened UI, gesture-based actions, priority listings, to-do lists, and a unique dashboard view that displays all messages on one screen to simplify e-mail viewing and maintenance. On sale for $4: Regular Price: $10


Left: Aqua Mail - Right: MailDroid

Aqua Mail
The first thing worth mentioning about Aqua Mail is the nearly complete range of e-mail clients the app can sync up with, including IMAP, POP3 and SMTP, as well as the most common providers. Aqua Mails interface is quite basic without a huge wow factor, however it compensates with a quick and simple setup, and I discovered it's quite capable for checking and sorting emails from the phone. $5

I'm personally fond of minimalist design, truly believing "less is more". Therefore, I find MailDroid endearingly simple, offering quick email sorting without distracting elements. Cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box.Net for easy file sharing are all supported too. One particularly useful feature is the option for user created "quick responses" for instances when a canned reply is quickest and easiest. Free 

Gmail addicts should consider checking out Boomerang's clean and lightweight alternative, replacing the colorful interface with a design that looks like it belongs in a GQ ad (black, dark blue and crisp white). Boomerang currently only supports Gmail, but promises support for more email services with future updates. The streamlined email app lets users swipe through their inboxes with ease, 'snooze' incoming messages, schedule outgoing messages, and even have themes for each Gmail individual account. Free 

(Images: Jason Rodway; as linked above)

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