Email is alive and well and still remains the killer app of the internet era. Alright, not so much alive and well as email is barely tolerated. But there are plenty of email apps to choose from these days.
Most of us know email as the killer app because it kills time and careers. Ask Hillary Clinton. Fortunately, there are enough of us using email that Mac, iPhone, and iPad users have plenty of email apps to choose from, and a few you might like if you don’t mind someone snooping through your messages.
Not Polyamory Apps
Through the years I’ve tried about every email app a Mac user could tolerate, but I keep coming back to the Mac’s built-in Mail.app. Why? It’s feature laden, works well enough (still somewhat buggy after all these years), but it’s the same email on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Oh, and it handles about any email type, too. What makes Polymail on the Mac special? First, Polymail is popular among iPhone and iPad users because it has features not found in Apple’s Mail or Microsoft’s Outlook.
There’s enough in Polymail to make it friendly, familiar, and quickly usable. Email accounts and folders display in the left sidebar, various inboxes in the middle, but email messages also in the middle, and more message details on the far right sidebar.
Where Polymail excels is in tracking. There’s an option to see when the email you sent was delivered and read by the recipient. Polymail also has a Read Later function, and a very useful Send Later feature. Email links can be shared using the Mac’s built-in Share sheet button, and URLs can be previewed.
Then there’s the toolbar. There’s not much of a toolbar so the user interface remains far less cluttered than Outlook or Apple’s own Mail.app. The iPhone and iPad versions work similarly and both have Read Later, Send Later, and Email Tracking built in.
There’s even a very handy Unsend Email features which lets you fix a mistake in a message before the message is sent (if you hurry).
What’s the very worst feature in Polymail? The price. Polymail is a subscription email app. Pay by the month or by the year. That means $120 a year. For email. Apple’s Mail is free.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that email remains the killer app even in the 21st century and it’s the future of email because everybody seems to want to read your messages (even before you get a chance), and scour your messages for every more piles of data.
Now, there are alternatives. I’m using Airmail now on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and it’s packed with features not found elsewhere, but also works with SpamSieve to keep spam off all your devices. If you’re on a budget and want a friendly, elegant email app that syncs and plays nice-nice on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, there’s Spark.
In the end, I still hate email.