Version Reviewed: 2.0.2
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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While it won't quite rival recent favorite, MailDeck, Birdseye Mail is still going to be useful for Gmail and iPad users.
The app currently only caters for Gmail accounts. To an extent though, that's useful as it makes it all the quicker to set up. It's simply a matter of logging in with one's Gmail details and the app is ready to use. Multiple accounts can be easily set up, although there's no sign of a unified inbox option.
Birdseye Mail takes a few moments to import all of one's emails, but then it's ready to go. A sidebar lists all the folders available within that account, as well as all the emails contained within each (which is unnerving for those heavy duty users), with switching between each folder easily done. Each email is displayed to the side, clearly demonstrating images or text and making it easy to browse through. A swipe upwards condemns it to the bin. Proving more intuitive than the web-based interface, it'll certainly scrape a few milliseconds off how long it normally takes to clear an inbox.
However Birdseye Mail lacks the finer features needed for power users such as filtering or being able to tag certain emails for searching through later on. There's a decent enough search facility here, but it's not quite as powerful as some other email apps.
There's that sense that Birdseye Mail is more for the typical Gmail user than those looking for many features, and that works as well as it doesn't. Proving quick and easy to come to grips with is certainly helpful, and being completely free makes it a more promising option. Just don't expect Birdseye Mail to revolutionize the field. It's solidly dependable rather than life altering.