The last we had heard was that Sparrow for iPhone was going to be released in the middle of March. And well, true to their word, today is March 15th and the Sparrow app is now available in the iOS App Store. Sparrow comes priced at $2.99 and along with the requirement of iOS 5.0 or later. Otherwise, the app has been released as version 1.0.1 and measures in as a 9.0MB file download. In terms of the app itself, many will be familiar (and likely in love with) Sparrow on the Mac but for those not familiar — here is how the app is described;
“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.”
That being said and before we get into the features, lets cover a bit of what the app cannot do. More specifically, Sparrow for iPhone does not have Push notifications “yet” and it does not support POP email accounts. So, no Push and no POP. With that out of the way, here is what Sparrow for iPhone can do;
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.
Attachments: Directly attach photos & images when composing a mail. No more cumbersome back and forth with your photo library.
Up & down your conversations: Swipe up or 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.
Faces: 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.
Alias: 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…
And lastly, it was noted that future versions of Sparrow for iPhone will bring support for localization, landscape, a built-in browser, send and archive and the ability to show a specific label/folder.