Ever since I started using Mac OS X, which was a long time ago, I always liked the way it handled e-mail messages. I actually used Apple’s own Mail application for a very long time, even though many Mac users weren’t actually in love with it. What I liked the most is the simplicity and elegance of its interface. After I’ve started writing reviews, I also started paying more attention to various e-mail clients, of which I found only several worthy to be used on a daily basis.
One of the best e-mail clients that I’ve used in a long time was Sparrow, and you’ve probably heard about it. It went through much publicized beta phase, when it received high ratings and predictions for a bright feature. However, now Sparrow is gone, after it’s been acquired by Google.
Sparrow brought many changes to how we perceive and use a desktop e-mail client, and set the bar high. This is why today, when Sparrow got out of the game, many similar clients appeared and tried to take over some users. Most of them are simply imitations, but there’s one which captured my attention. It’s an interesting e-mail client called Airmail. It features simplicity and elegance, and promises a lot.
The first time you open Airmail, it will show you a welcome screen where you can add an e-mail account. All needed parameters are standard, and it will take one minute to start using Airmail at a full speed. After you click on “Add” button, it will verify information and open the main window.
Airmail’s interface is very clean and elegant, and it’s clear that offers a lot of features without making a mess out of graphic elements. Its interface can be separated into three parts. On the left, there’s a sidebar which shows default folder, and the ones you’ve already created on the server, using Gmail, for example. Next, there’s a list of messages which are presented somewhat similar to iOS version of Mail app. Finally, when you click on a mail, you’ll be able to see in the right positioned window. Workflow is very intuitive and natural, and I would say that it’s one of the best examples of how an e-mail client show look like.
If you choose to send a new message, you’ll see a nicely designed window with all standard fields. This is where you’ll see that you can use Dropbox to upload an attachment and insert link, which is a nice addition. Speaking of integration with 3rd party services, Airmail is very cooperative, so if you sign-up using Gmail account, it will automatically download all your custom folders and labels.
Airmail is not an imitation of Sparrow, but a well promising standalone client. It is currently in beta phase, and you can sign-up at airmailapp.info. This said, you should expect some performance malfunctions from time to time, even though I think this application is quite stable already.
In case you’re in need of a new and interesting e-mail client, I warmly recommend trying Airmail.