Developer: ibis inc.
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0

iPhone Integration Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★☆☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Unfortunately this app has been released before it is ready. I could not get it to work with any POP3 email accounts (and have read customers saying that IMAP didn’t seem to work), and I also could not get it to work with GMail. I also tried Hotmail accounts and other generic accounts. None worked with this application in my experience.

help_foldersI was very excited to try this email system because it is a good idea. But the version I tried, 1.0 just would not work. I read other customer reviews for this application and it seems that it is a problem within the application. Basically, it not working. Since then they have released a version 1.0.1 and the list of improvements are massive. Clearly indicating that this program is not yet ready for release.

I still did not re-install the new version on my iPhone due to the fact that one user review particularly said that they had got it to work but every time they opened the app it was re sending the emails they had written (including their received emails!) to everyone in their address book, and multiple times. This really is not something that I would want to happen and spend time apologising to people for all the emails sent.

Other points to mention is that it does not support HTML emails, no PUSH or automatic checking of email. Also there are reports that it will not work on the iPod Touch.

Claims of the app are impressive, listing features such as:
– landscape mode
– creating folders
– create a rule / filter
– signatures for each email account
– templates for new messages, reply message and forward message
– saves 1000 messages per account

Other listed points are the ability to use SSL connection, a variety of authentications, to recieve Word, Excel, Power Point, PDF, Jpeg, PNG attachments, adn seeing the progress of sending an email. (progress bar and status message).

They are asking for feedback, so that they can make improvements to their app, and listed currently that know bugs include:
– connection / receiving messages with GMail
– the default for many users seems to be Japanese, so you need to change these settings
– no emoji support and claims of crashing when used

Overall, I will give this application some stars purely based on the fact that they have released a version 1.0.1 and they do seem to be listening to feedback and trying to sort out the numerous errors. It is unfortunate that they did not seem to do a large user testing for this application and have released a sub standard product that will currently only receive negative reviews.

I hope that they do resolve the issues because it would have a potentially useful place on the iPhone. (Shame we can’t delete those pre installed apps though, taking up precious place on our screens.) Also it is listed at $0.99, but was $7.99 and it says that the $0.99 is temporary, so be aware of the huge price difference before you part with your cash.

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