Email apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad are not a dime a dozen. Some are even less. One of the best email apps remains free. Yes, I know the shoe will drop one day. Free apps as good as the Spark email app cannot be free forever.
This is my saga regarding the email app I’ve come to rely on more than Apple’s venerable Mail app. Yes, the latter has more features, but I need to chew through email quickly, manage many different accounts, and that’s what Spark did. Until Wednesday.
No. Love. Lost.
The problem with email is the love hate relationship. We love to hate email. Then, Spark comes along– for free on Mac, iPhone, and iPad– and makes email easier and more productive than ever. Gestures work to help users fly through a crowded inbox. Synchronization means all accounts show up on all devices.
Even the Spark app for Watch is good. Spark is fast, elegant, polished, and comes with just the basic features most of us need. Check out the elegant design in Spark for Mac.
Spark isn’t just about simplicity because it has plenty of features. It handles most email accounts and opens and displays IMAP folders with ease. Not only does Spark sync accounts between devices, it also has a new team feature to collaborate with team members on specific items in private.
Calendar is built-in. Search is fast. Set follow up reminders. Use quick replies. Or, send messages to other Mac, iPhone, or iPad applications.
My favorite feature is the Send Later function and it works on macOS and iOS. Check out how simple and straightforward email can be and compare this image with Apple’s own Mac Mail app.
Elegant, no? And Spark works exactly that way. Elegantly. Fast. Efficient. Or, at least, Spark behaved that way until the latest upgrade. Then, two very strange and unexpected things happened.
First, Spark’s upgrade would not upgrade. Well, the upgrade took place but Spark failed to sync accounts– and I have plenty of email accounts and custom settings. Oddly, an attempt to start over resulted in a request to sign into Google. I don’t have a Gmail account.
This back and forth went on for more than an hour. Then, just after I sent a message to Spark’s support team, my Mac synchronized perfectly. That left iPhone as the lone culprit. Multiple restarts did nothing. Spark could not find all my accounts, and still insisted I log in with my non-existent Gmail account.
Second, Spark’s support team responded (thanks to the Mac version figuring out what to do) with a few suggestions, one of which worked perfectly. Spark was alive and back in business.
When was the last time you got a response back from a support email within minutes?
Here’s the deal. I hate email. I love using Spark (especially on iPhone). Spark is free. Nothing this good stays free forever so I know the other shoe will drop one day, and when it does I hope it doesn’t land on my big toe– that’s the one I use for Touch ID to buy applications.