Among the most common tasks done with a phone or tablet is sending and receiving emails. Items are going to and from your email account throughout the day, so managing them can be difficult depending upon the email client used. We’re all Google fans around here, but let’s face it, sometimes the Gmail app pre-installed on our devices doesn’t meet all of our needs.
Some options found in the Play Store aim to make your email smarter and more efficient, while others take a more organized and administrative approach, including neat tools like a built-in calendar or file browser. Whatever your needs might be, Android has an email client for you.
Mailbox by Dropbox aims to make email “light, fast, and mobile-friendly.” It has a lot of the same functions as Inbox by Gmail; however, it’s unique in that it organizes your individual emails in an instant messenger-like format. Not only that, but Mailbox is smart. It will try and learn your swipes and snoozes and try to automate some of those actions. Surprisingly, it works really well.
Mailbox’s entire goal is to make sure your inbox stays clean, and it does so better than most competitors. Besides functionality, it has a gorgeous user interface that slides around smoother than anything else you’ll find. The only real downside is that Mailbox isn’t very user-friendly as it’ll take a brand new user a few minutes to figure out how everything works.
Yahoo hasn’t offered the best mail client in the past but things have gotten much better since Marissa Mayer took over as CEO. It sets out to be quick and easy to use by getting rid of clutter and putting your emails at the forefront. Yahoo does this by hiding most of the app’s functions until you actually select an email and want to get rid of it or put it somewhere else.
The email client remains unique by having a built-in web browser and a personalized news feed. While it doesn’t add any value to your email, it’s neat functionality especially if you’re trying to quickly grab a link for a friend without being forced to leave the app.
Inbox by Gmail is another email client created by Google, tasked with keeping things more organized and efficient, something that Gmail hasn’t been able to accomplish very well through its topic-based organization system. Inbox takes Gmail’s topic-based organization and improves on it tenfold by adding in new categories like Finance and Purchases.
It also lets you quickly and easily archive messages or set reminders to read certain emails at a later time. All in all, Inbox by Gmail aims to make your inbox more efficient and seamless than it has been in the past. And it does that very well with stunning design.
Gmail is the application that usually comes preloaded on most Android devices. It’s another great email client, however, it’s not the best option for keeping multiple accounts separated and well organized. It features Google’s new Material Design guidelines, making it one of the more elegant offerings out there.
Like other solutions, Gmail lets you connect up to a Google or Google Apps accounts, Yahoo, Outlook, IMAP, POP, and more. That said, you can virtually use any email service with Gmail, and it’s quite easy to setup. Unfortunately, Gmail doesn’t have a built-in calendar or file manager; you have to use a few separate applications for that. In that way, it doesn’t function well as an all-in-one service, but it is fantastic for just your personal email.
Microsoft has put together a phenomenal mobile all-in-one email client with Outlook. Not only does it prioritize all of your important emails, but it also features a built-calendar, file browser, and all of your contacts for better organization. You have access to everything you might ever need to send just about any email, whether that be scheduling an event or meeting, sending off an important PDF email to your team, and so on.
Outlook offers a surprisingly seamless and efficient system for managing email. One of the best things about it is how well it keeps your personal email separated from other business-related email accounts you might manage. It also connects with just about any service you’ve signed up for, whether that be Google, Yahoo, iCloud, Exchange, and more.
Boxer works much the same as any other email client out there. You have your standard email features — integration with most email services, basic organization abilities with snooze, archive, delete options, and so on.
What makes Boxer unique is its instant auto response feature. You can add emails to a to-do list for better organization, and you can even “like” emails so the sender sees you’ve acknowledged it but either aren’t going to send a response or will send one later. Boxer has a lot of capabilities including integration with cloud services and even the popular note-taking application Evernote.