It’s been over 2 decades that I have been using e-mails. I have moved from service providers like 37.com, netaddress.com, usa.net, to more respectable ones like Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail. Truth be told, once I landed on Gmail, back in 2004, I never wanted to move out of it. Note, I mentioned Gmail as a “service”, and not the client. I’ll elaborate in a bit.
The world of e-mail clients is mostly divided between 2 broad types:
- Web-based (primary examples are Gmail, Google Inbox, Zoho, etc)
- Native clients (MS Outlook, Airmail, Newton, etc)
For the longest time, I have sworn by the web-based interface of Gmail. But as time passed, the native e-mail clients have gotten much better, while Gmail kept struggling in terms of features and UI. Google Inbox was an interesting direction they had taken, but today it seems like the project has been abandoned, just like many other experiments Google has worked on in the past.
It’s been about half a decade now that I have switched to native clients completely. I had started off with Thunderbird, then moved on to other apps like MS Outlook, Sparrow, Mail Pilot (closest competitor to Newton, in my opinion), Airmail, Spark & PolyMail (and a plethora more that I’ve tried for a week or two). For over a year now, I’m happy sticking with Newton. However, I’m yet to land an app that I am 100% happy with (sorry Umesh Gopinath). Maybe it’s utopia. Nevertheless, I was trying to bookmark an email today by sending it to my todo app of choice, and I realised I couldn’t do that. And that prompted me to write about exactly what are the features I would care about in this utopian e-mail app of mine. Let’s dive in, shall we?
This one is actually almost a deal breaker. I’ve seen people using multiple email clients on multiple platforms, just because they like one feature in one app over the other, or sometimes a client that has a mobile app doesn’t have a desktop app. Well, that drives me up the wall. E-mail