E-mail is still a valuable form of communication, and there are a ton of e-mail apps to choose from. Airmail 2 launched on the Mac with OS X El Capitan, and came to the iPhone in February. Each app can offer a stand alone e-mail choice on the respective platform, but they work even better in concert with one another. Airmail offers iCloud sync of your settings, so that it’s easy to add a new device with your exact set-up, as well as keep your inbox in sync across devices. Not only that, but Airmail supports e-mail accounts with Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, Yahoo, Outlook, and any generic POP3 or IMAP account, and can combine them all in a universal inbox that syncs.
Airmail started on the Mac offering a clean single window of your inbox that more resembles a Twitter feed than an e-mail client. It’s quick and easy to browse your inbox, and then open up any e-mail full screen. You can always switch from universal inbox to individual accounts with one click in the sidebar. Since Airmail is streamlined as a single window view on the Mac, the transition to the iPhone makes sense, and maintains a similar view and workflow. Airmail makes it effortless to stay on top of your inbox across devices, and still offers a ton of features for deluxe interaction and management of your e-mail. The built-in search also works well to track down e-mails across accounts with varied search strings.
Dropbox shut down Mailbox, but the functions Mailbox provided have come to other mail apps including Airmail. On the iPhone, you can swipe left and right on any message, and based on how far you swipe, you can perform four different actions from swipe gestures. The default actions are archive and snooze to the right, and trash and action list to the right. The snooze function is one of the best parts of Mailbox, and it works in the same way in Airmail to allow you to be reminded of a message at a later time with multiple choices for when that message reappears in your inbox. The level function is also valuable to group e-mails together for later perusal, and the swipe gestures emphasize the inbox zero mentality. You also have the option to customize the swipe gestures to change the actions to fit your workflow.
Airmail offers a degree of minimalism and simplicity, and yet doesn’t sacrifice more deluxe features. There’s a lengthy tool bar available in the upper right corner of any individual message to access the quick swipe actions as well as much more including create PDF, print, make a to-do, mark as spam, or even connect to third party apps. Airmail also connects with multiple cloud services to quickly display attachments, and can open links in multiple web browsers. The action menu is livened up with connectivity to Apple’s stock apps as well as apps like Evernote, Fantastical 2, Wunderlist, and more. There are so many functions at your disposal with each one potentially coming in handy, and yet you can still focus on the clean minimalism of swipe gestures to reach inbox of zero. Airmail also includes customizable and interactive notifications that also apply to the accompanying Apple Watch app.
Airmail ($4.99, iPhone / $9.99, Mac) delivers a well thought out and implemented e-mail app that excels on iPhone and Mac, respectively, and even better together.