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The 6 best email apps for your iPhone and iPad

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 7th, 2015

Email is something we all have to deal with and sometimes it's not a pretty task - especially on the go.

Thankfully, there are lots of options out there for people that want something a little different to the default mail experience on phones and tablets.

Here are the six best apps to help you deal with that ever-expanding inbox.

MailDeck Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 12th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: IDEAL EMAIL MANAGEMENT
Stylish to look at and immensely useful, MailDeck will soon be a new favorite iPad email tool.
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148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - How My Grandmother Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Going Mobile

Posted by Mike Deneen on December 31st, 2013

I'm the kind of person who my entire family comes to with any tech or game related question. For my soon-to-be career in the IT world, I've probably already heard every silly computer related question I can think of; such as my parent's worrying I deleted all of their email in their Yahoo! email account when I reformatted their computer to my uncle calling me to tell me how this site he saw on an infomercial cleaned up his PC. Every facepalm, of course to those in the know, was from lack of knowledge of computers and technology.

So when it came to my grandmother - who is old, fragile, and not in the greatest of health - needing an upgrade from her ancient Mac Book this year, I candidly suggested she go to an iPad instead of a new computer. "Why?" my family asked, "How can a tablet replace a computer?" To which I gave them a brief summary of all the reasons I could come up with to justify the purchase of a $500 tablet versus a $1200 MacBook. The iPad's size, weight, cost, and usability were all crucial to my argument for the iPad versus another laptop.

Me with my grandmother at my wedding in 2010.

Eventually I won out in this discussion, thus beginning a sort of experiment to see if my dad's mother could adopt to a mobile touch screen device. To many in our age group, the idea that someone may have trouble with an iPad sounds almost absurd. But keep in mind this was part of a family that I had to verbally instruct over the phone as to how to launch Skype on their MacBook.

The first baby steps of this experiment were to introduce her to popular apps, such as the iPad email interface, Safari, and Facebook. Facebook took great strides in 2013 to make their mobile app to have nearly all the functionality of the browser based version. I was even able to help her figure out how to hide the posts from a distant relative who'd post quite frequently about Justin Bieber and how much she'd spent on clothes. My grandma is cool like that.

Next up was showing her various forms of entertainment on the device. Now again, this amazing lady still owns two SD TV's, so an iPad with it's Retina display is by far the best visually striking screen in her house. I showed her various video apps; such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and even lesser known ones such as VUDU. Because I also deal with iOS games on a consistent basis, I introduced some simple but really fun games I thought she might be interested in trying. Two of them, which appeared to catch on with her, were games I considered to be some of the best but most overlooked games of 2013: 4 Thrones and FlowDoku.

There have been a couple of challenges in this adventure however, as anyone going from the familiar to the unknown can be a little daunted. My grandmother had issues figuring out her email, having been used to browser based clients. However, I was able to introduce her to the wide array of Google apps available on iOS, merging the Google and Apple worlds into one. She found the Google Mail client pretty useful for her needs, as well as Google Drive, so I could send her stuff such as wedding photos from the event that occurred some 3 years ago. Additionally, I was able to set her up with Skype on iOS so she could watch my sister's wedding, as well as the TED Talks app so she could see the various topics discussed.

There was also a little trouble getting my elderly grandmother adept at using the on-screen keyboard. Luckily the keyboard on an iPad is relatively big with easy to read buttons, especially in comparison to any Android device. It also responds perfectly to touch, with little to no issues responding appropriately. Once she learned to adapt to using a touch screen to not only replace the mouse but the physical keyboard as well, things seemed to go much easier.

The farm I spent a lot of time on as a kid at my grand parents.

My grandmother means the world to me, and it's absolutely devastating knowing she is nearing her final days on this Earth. But the notion that I could help simplify her life a little bit makes me feel a tad better. From helping her get a device that her frail body will be able to manage to setting her up with and showing her how to use some apps that were similar to what she was using on a MacBook, I feel as though my grandma has a great computing device, an awesome means of communicating with the outside world, and something that will help improve her life overall; regardless of how long or short that may be. Technology has many uses beyond business, entertainment, or whatever else. Sometimes it's just as simple as using it to aid the ones you love.

AltaMail Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on July 12th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: FIX IT!
AltaMail is an app that's got powerful guts, but a painful user experience.
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Gmail Receives New Notification and Inbox Options

Posted by Andrew Stevens on June 4th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Start getting notifications just for the emails you want! Gmail - email from Google has been updated with new notification options that lets users select what to be notified about, such as being notified for all messages, important messages, or by specific email accounts only. The inbox has also been updated, which can now group your email into categories for easier navigation. This feature needs to be enabled and then configured on gmail.com.

Google Updates Gmail With Direct Links To YouTube, Google Maps, and Chrome

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 6th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The Next Web reports that Google released an update to its Gmail app, guiding users towards the use of other apps by Google. Now when you receive an email with links to YouTube, Google Maps, and Chrome, the links will open up in the app instead of the mobile web browser. This new feature is optional and can be turned off in the in-app settings. The update also lets users sign out of a single account instead of all accounts at once.

Google Updates Their Gmail App

Posted by Andrew Stevens on March 27th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Gmail - email from Google app received an update that adds new features along with performance and bug fixes. Users are now able to swipe left or right to move between messages without the need to return to the inbox. Additionally, the new actions bar lets users perform actions much faster than before by selecting multiple emails and choosing whether to archive or delete them.

Gmail 2.0 Released - Multiple User Support Added

Posted by Jeff Scott on December 4th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Google today released a big update to the GMail app for iOS. A whole new design that closer mimics GMail on Android and most requested feature, multiple sign-on support has been added.

What's New
- Multiple account support
- App redesigned with a new, cleaner look
- Search predictions as you type
- Infinite scrolling inbox
- Respond to Google Calendar invites inline
- Interactive Google+ posts support
- New welcome experience

How-To: Push Google Contacts and Email to an iOS Device

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 9th, 2012

For users of Google accounts, iOS provides a built-in way to access mail, calendars, and notes from Google. However, for users looking to get their email pushed to their device, or to synchronize their contacts, this built-in method doesn't work. But there is a way to do this, though, via Microsoft Exchange on iOS. This will allow for email to be pushed to the device, and for contacts to be synchronized to the iOS device. With iOS 5, it is also possible for notifications to appear in Notification Center, unlike in the official Gmail app, which only plays a notification sound.

This is a better method of contact synchronization with Google than doing it through iTunes. This means that contacts will be directly synchronized to and from Google when they are updated. This is great for those who have an Android device to go along with their iOS devices. This method also only synchronizes the main contacts; iTunes has been known to add all people that have ever been emailed. This method is safer and smarter.

Here's how to enable this feature on iOS.

Open up Settings. Tap on Mail, Contacts, and Calendars. Tap Add Account. Select Microsoft Exchange.

Enter the email address to be synchronized. The username is the same as the email address, and the password is the password to the account. The description can be anything the user wants. After submitting this information, a new Server option pops up. Enter m.google.com for this field.

If all the info has been successfully submitted, then the ability to enable/disable Mail, Contacts, and Calendar is available.

After all the information synchronizes, contacts from this Google account should appear in the Contacts app. Make sure that for new contacts to sync to the Google servers, set the Default Account in Mail, Accounts, and Calendars to the Exchange account. Multiple Exchange accounts can be synchronized, but only one account can have contacts added to it at a time.

Google does note that there are some drawbacks with Exchange sync versus standard account setup, but these drawbacks are well worth the trade-off for the enhanced feature set.

IM+ Now Supports More Than You'll Ever Need

Posted by Kyle Flanigan on August 17th, 2010

Journalists are prone to hyperbole, but this title is almost euphemistic. SHAPE Services, creator of the popular IM+ client, are continuing to roll out feature after feature for their mass-market social networking application.

IM+ current supports Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN / Live, AIM (Mac users think iChat), ICQ, MySpace, Facebook, Jabber, Twitter and Skype chat. Outside of the seemingly endless list of clients, the application also provides an equally long list of push notification options, including e-mail arrival notifications from popular clients such as Hotmail, Yahoo! and Google Mail.

In addition to the application being universally built for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, IM+ also features an in-built browser for those who don't have the ability to multitask - a welcome addition for iPhone 3G and iPod Touch users who are unable to avail of Apple's much-awaited feature.

The latest update - 4.3 - brings with it a number of new themes and wallpapers, high resolution graphics for iPhone 4 users and VoiceOver support, allowing for speech recognition to be enabled. This last feature will set users back 99c a month.

There's no doubt that SHAPE Services developers are trying to appeal to everyone. From customizable sounds and animated emoticons to geo-location support and retina display graphics, IM+ is becoming the client of choice for social networking users. It remains one of the top grossing applications for Social Networking - not bad at all for a $9.99 application with almost 4 000 competitors. And to top it all off, there's a free version too.

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Mailroom - Gmail and Google Apps Mail Client Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Fanguy on May 14th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VERY USEFUL
Mailroom is a feature-rich email utility which allows its users to view and utilize all their Gmail accounts at once, within one application, without compromising essential features, such as labeling, threading conversations, etc. found in Google’s onli
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Push for Gmail

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Fanguy on March 18th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GOOGLEY GOODNESS
Push for Gmail is a simple, straightforward application providing its users with reliable, visual Gmail push notifications on their iPhone and iPod Touch.
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GPush will be on App Store Monday 17 August 9.00AM EST

Posted by Kyle Flanigan on August 17th, 2009

The long awaited Gmail Push Notification Service is not coming from the search engine giant and creator of Gmail, Google, but from Tiverias Apps: a non-related company specializing in productivity enhancing applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Tiverias Apps have released a statement saying that "GPush is the missing link between GMail and the iPhone. For the first time, receive instant Gmail message notifications". The application was released on the App Store earlier this month but was taken down just hours after its release due to server complications. Tiverias have subsequently fixed the problem and have used this downtime to address other issues and concerns with the application. The downtime serves as both a fix and an update.

In essence, the application will mimic what it is like to receive a text message, where a user is alerted and a notification is shown on the front screen displaying what the message says. Several applications already take advantage of push notifications, but none have been posted to the App Store that allow push notifications of incoming mail.

Users should see signs of increased battery life as well, as data will be pushed instead of pulled. Under the current system, the Mail application operates under "Fetch", a feature that pulls data to the iPhone at specified intervals (usually every 15 minutes). With the arrival of push notifications, data can now be pushed to a phone from external servers as opposed to be being pulled by phone:

Fetch (Data Pulling)
iPhone --> Talks to servers --> Pulls any data from servers

Push (Data Pushing)
Servers talk to Apple --> Apple Push Notification Service --> iPhone

As you can see, in the former (fetch) it is the iPhone that does all the work. With push, it's the third party servers.

We'll have a review of GPush up within a few days of its release. Check back soon!

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