Email on the iPhone has come a long way since inception. From the pre-installed Mail which could barely cater for all your emails to the endless list of apps in the store currently. Instead of going through that store list wondering which one is perfect, you can go through this list which has been carefully sorted out to meet your mail needs. It’s ranked from best to good but they are all amazing in one way or the other.
1. Outlook for iOS
The outlook is popular in the corporate world because of its speed in integrating emails. Outlook for iOS is as fast. It starts fast. It updates fast. And It lets you read, send and file mail – fast. While many email apps for iPhone feels sluggish even with these basics, Outlook for iOS progresses beyond them – fast, and far.
You can search with near-instant results, for instance, a reasonably intelligent inbox lets you see the most important emails first (thus faster), and you can postpone emails with simple swiping. With support for Exchange and IMAP accounts, Outlook for iOS is the best email app for iPhone in an enterprise environment; POP, alas, is not supported.
Like on the desktop, Outlook for iOS comes a calendar, which is simple but functional. Unfortunately, task management is not included. Like on the desktop, you can extend functionality with add-ons, though.
Outlook for iOS supports Exchange and IMAP.
3. Spark Email Apps
Spark handles email signature differently and that’s what sets it apart.
When you first open Spark, you are presented with an inbox grouped automatically by category (personal, notifications, newsletters and the rest). It may not be as smart as Google Inbox, but Spark’s sorting is useful nonetheless. Spark is not only useful but also a pleasure to behold and use: you get one-tap replies, swiping actions (including an option to snooze email) and fast search results (which you can save as smart folders).
Some calendar integration lets you view your schedule and set up events from emails, though neither is as smooth as Spark’s email program.
Spark supports IMAP.
- iOS Mail
iOS Mail offers simple solutions that are good enough for most needs. You can sort out VIP senders (which you get to define) and file emails to folders, of course; you can compose emails using rich text and swipe to take action fast; most importantly, perhaps, you get beautifully rendered emails without clutter and just about nothing to learn, to find out or to puzzle.
iOS Mail supports Exchange, IMAP and POP.
In Zero, you can swipe left (delete) and right (keep) on emails to triage your inbox. Zero even sorts the bots (newsletters) from the real people (real people) first. You can also snooze or archive right away, and this is just a glimpse at what Zero has to offer. For the Tinder-like interface is not even the first option: a fully and automatically organized and prioritized inbox is. It is split, again, between personal email and all the rest, and you can easily filter by individual senders, too.
For new emails and replies, Zero comes with a host of email templates (to which you can add your own). Placeholder text could be a tad easier to fill, but these templates are still extraordinarily helpful. Speaking of help, Zero comes with an artificially intelligent “assistant” that suggests actions (such as deleting or archiving a bunch of messages in bulk).
Zero supports Exchange and IMAP.
5. Newton Mail
That is not because there is so little to notice about Newton. It is that an email app that stays out of the way is a pleasant surprise among applications that advertise just how much they can do on every screen’s last corner. Newton hides menus instead and instead of interfering with a million options, Newton, for the most part, just does the most sensible thing.
Moving on to the noticeable things Newton can do: it has a fantastic email sending process that not only lets you schedule exactly when you want your email delivered but also can inform you when a message was opened – or just alert you to follow up if you do not receive a reply for a while.
Scheduled or not, if you hit “Send” mistakenly, Newton lets you undo – again without any options or drama. While Newton also lets you postpone (snooze) the reading of emails, it does not offer to sort your inbox automatically and could be of more help – unobtrusively, of course – composing emails.
Newton supports IMAP.
6. Edison Mail Email Apps
Edison Mail’s email is not the digital assistant it claims to be; it is a fantastic email program that gets the important things right.
First, the “assistant” claim: Edison Mail does not offer you the emails you need to see at any time without prompt; it does not reply to messages on its own or even suggest likely text to use. It does, however, suggest recipients based on the frequency and can filter and use emails by type – bills, booking and shipment notifications as well as email subscriptions.
For the latter – and here is where the important things have already started going very right – email lets you find all messages fast (search in general is awesomely fast and useful), delete the whole bunch in an instant and unsubscribe with a single tap. When you do read newsletters and marketing emails, email lets you block read receipts. And When you want to read later, email offers convenient snoozing; when you tapped “Send” too fast, email lets you undo.
Possibly the most important thing about an email app is, of course, its speed. Edison Mail gets this one very right.
Edison Mail supports Exchange and IMAP.
6. Polymail Email Apps
Polymail is geared toward the professional. Consequently, some of the features are limited to a subscription service. Polymail comes with a host of features from email (and attachment) tracking to scheduling delivery to message templates.
Unfortunately, Polymail does not work with Exchange accounts directly yet and supports IMAP only.
No matter the edition and account, Polymail lets you postpone emails for later reading. This, like a few other oft-used function, is accessible using a swipe menu whose actions you can customize. The Polymail inbox is always a plain list of emails sorted by date, though: you can filter it to show only unread emails but it never organizes or groups itself.
Polymail supports IMAP.
8. Airmail Email Apps
Airmail does everything; Turn emails into to-do items or add them to the calendar? At your service! Schedule an email to be sent later? Of course (using Exchange and Gmail). Organize with folders and labels as you like? Sure. Block a sender? Right in the app. Undo send? Airmail has you covered for a few seconds. Snooze an email? For how long would you like to postpone it? Pick actions available from new mail notifications? You bet. Add files from cloud storage as attachments? Here you go. See an email’s full source code? In Courier. Lock your email with Touch ID? Thumbs up from Airmail.
In this manner, it goes on and on. Of course, so do menus and options and buttons in Airmail. There is much to do, a lot to tap and plenty to configure. Not everything is as obvious, unfortunately, and there is little explanation to be found. Also, while Airmail does include a smart, filtered inbox, its implementation is not the most elegant, the search is unstructured and not all that smart, and Airmail could help more with smart email templates or text snippets.
Airmail supports IMAP and POP.
9. Yahoo! Mail
Yahoo! Mail is known for Yahoo! Mail accounts but it can do more. It can give you access to more with a friendly and simple interface.
Without confusing through a multitude of options and actions, Yahoo! Mail lets you star mail to highlight it, file it in folders, search fast and get your inbox filtered by a handful of useful categories (including people, social updates, and those important travel emails). For sending an email, Yahoo! Mail shines with impressive image sending and attachment support as well as its unique and colorful email stationery.
Yahoo! Mail supports Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, and Outlook Mail on the Web.