One of these days, I’m going to stop starting every post with “call me old-fashioned, but…”
But it won’t be today.
Call me old-fashioned, but email is still my command center. I use it for all my official communications, for my to-dos, important documents, receipts, and for keeping in touch with my friends and family. I have Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and I’ve heard of Snapchat (kidding, Andre covers Snapchat quite often) but at the end of the day, email is where it’s at for me.
Not only that, I check my email on my phone far more often than I do on my computer. So, the email app I use on my iPhone is a pretty big deal.
Every now and then, I get the idea that I’m going to change my life, starting with the way I manage and use my email inbox. And many an app or service has stepped up with an offer to make that happen.
Sometimes for free. Sometimes not.
I’ve even gotten pretty excited about a particular email service or app. But for whatever reason—habit, user-friendliness, feature limitations—I sort of settle back to the familiar.
Today, I use the official Gmail app on my phone. For a long time, I resisted. I used Apple’s native Mail app because it was quick and seamless. Then, I switched to Newton because it was fast, clean and had nifty features like the snooze, send later, and most amazingly to me, read receipts. I’ve tried Google Inbox multiple times but I just can’t get used to it (it gives me anxiety for anyone or anything to sort my emails for me in any way other than chronologically).
I’m very happy with the Gmail app. It feels just as seamless as the native Mail app and it integrates quite nicely with Chrome, which is my browser of choice. My deep investment in the Google ecosystem makes it an even more logical choice.
That being said, I’m still open to something better, if it’s out there.
So, dear reader, I’m wondering:
Which mail app do you use on your phone?
Tell me about your favorite mobile app for email. How long have you used it? What is the must-have feature about it? What does it lack? Have you tried any of the email apps I mentioned? What’d you think?
Answer any or all of those questions—I’d love to know!
Leave a comment and check back later. I’ll add some of the more insightful nuggets back to the body of this post.