If you like your email app like you like your Facebook/Twitter apps, Sparrow for iPhone (and iPod touch) client is out. It hasn’t hit the US yet but it will be $2.99 when it lands.(Update: it is live)
Although Sparrow’s desktop app has quite a following, I wasn’t impressed…but I guess all the kids are doing it. I imagine the iOS app will be the same. The interface is more “fun” and intuitive, and brings in some new interface elements such as sliding panels. The Verge has a great in-depth look.
The application is a big deal for users of Gmail, as now the iPhone finally has a decent Gmail experience.
A monster downside is that it doesn’t support Push Notifications. Yes, an iPhone Email client without Push. It is going to be hard to get over that hurdle. Apple killed Sparrow’s use of Push mere weeks before it was to be released.
It also doesn’t support POP accounts. You should be fine with iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL and other IMAP services.
Full Description follows:
Sparrow is an iPhone mail client designed with love to provide you with an efficient and pleasant mailing experience.
With its pane navigation, its new threading system and many
new features, you’ll never look back.
Warning: Sparrow does not support POP accounts yet.
- Full IMAP support:
Use your Gmail, Google Apps, iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, Mobile Me and custom IMAP accounts.
- Unified Inbox
All your mails in a unique mailbox.
Directly attach photos & images when composing a mail. No more cumbersome back and forth with your photo library.
- Up & down your conversations
Swipe up of down on a message to navigate a conversation.
- Everything is a swipe away
Swipe once to uncover your mailboxes, labels and folders.
Swipe again to get to your account list.
Mail is much nicer with your friends’ profile pictures.
- Message swipe
Star, add a label, archive or delete a conversation right away simply by swiping a message.
- Smart contacts
Your most frequent contacts on top of the list.
- Quick mailbox switch
Navigate between your inbox, unread and favorites by tapping/swiping the top bar.
- Mark all as read
One click to rule them all. You can also press a message for a few seconds to mark it as read/unread.
- Thread view
Tap the top bar in the conversation to quickly navigate all messages in a thread.
- Pull to refresh
Finally, the simplest way to refresh comes to email.
- Priority Inbox support
Automatically identify your important email and separates it out from everything else.
Have a pro and a private mail address? Use alias to keep things separated.
- Powerful search
Local and remote search allow you to find the mail you’re looking for.
And many more features crafted with love to discover:
- Quick sender switch in compose window
- Mark all as read
- Read/unread with a long press on a message cell
- Reply all quick switch…
Coming in future versions
- Landscape mode
- Built-in browser
- Send and Archive
- Only show specific label/folder
Learn more about Sparrow for iPhone and Sparrow for Mac on: