Email – My Favorite Android Apps
Tech Coach Albert’s Favorite Email App
Let’s face it, email is now a part of our everyday lives. Having access to it from anywhere is extremely important. Whether you use it to keep in touch with friends, the rest of the staff in the office or your customers/clients, you need it to work FOR you and make it easy. Not against you.
Personally, I use two different email apps. As I have two very different requirements for each. I’ll explain both of them below, why I chose them, and where to find them.
Multiple Email Accounts:
App Name: Blue Mail
By: Blue Labs
Minimum Android Version: 4.0 and newer
Simple. Easily view “all” inboxes and unread mail or each separate inbox. Multi Select for quick marking a bulk list of items as read. Easy reply from the address the email was sent to. Supports IMAP, POP3 and most major email providers.
This is the reason I use two apps. While it supports your folder structures for various email accounts (ie, gmail, exchange, etc) you can NOT specify which specific folders it syncs automatically. Which one of my accounts (an exchange account) is heavily categorized by a number of rules and specific folders. I don’t need all folders sync’d every time. Just specific ones that generally contain more important/urgent emails.
I use several different email accounts I must keep track of on a daily basis. Whether it’s my personal accounts, my Tech Coach website or photography website, I need to access all of them easily and efficiently. Blue Mail gives me that access to all those various email addresses. It has a “Unified” inbox that combines all the incoming mail from ALL my accounts, color codes them so you can easily see which account the email was sent to and when you reply, it uses the received account as your from address automatically.
Exchange Email with specific folder sync support:
App Name: Aqua Mail
By: Kostya Vasilyev
Price: Free (But does offer a paid version to support more than 2 accounts and remove signature message)
Minimum Android Version: 2.0 and up
Has a “smart folder” which combines all new mail from today, no matter which subfolder they are in. Better support for subfolders. Allows you to specify which subfolders to automatically sync. Supports IMAP, POP3 and most major email providers.
Free version only supports 2 email accounts, has a signature message and doesn’t allow identities/aliases.
As I previously mentioned, I also need a robust email app that can handle the dozens of categorization rules on my Exchange email account. I also need it to be able to only sync certain folders. I want to have up-to-date access to the important folders and not get bothered by the low priority categorized folders. Aqua Mail allows me to specify which specific folders I want sync’d and combines them into a nice and easy to use Smart Folder to access them all quickly. Very similar to Blue Mail’s “unified” inbox.
Popular Alternatives: Mailbox, K-9 Mail, GMail.
Note: I am in no way affiliated with these programs or companies. This is simply a post of my own opinion. 🙂
Have a suggestion for an app to check out, or an app you prefer over this one? Please post it in the comments below!