As smartphones and tablets become essential parts of your life, mobile email apps have sprung up, each offering their own approach to the task of managing your inbox. But not all email helpers are created equal. From general purpose email app replacements to ones offering customization options, and AI smart assistance, here are the 15 email apps you might want to take for a spin. (Image Credit: Sfio Cracho/Shutterstock)
Microsoft acquired the excellent mobile email app Accompli in 2014, extensively reworking and rebranding it into the mobile version of Microsoft Outlook (Android, iOS). The resulting Outlook mobile app is a mobile productivity powerhouse, bringing your email, attachments, contacts and calendars into easy reach. Outlook's built-in analytic engine automatically surfaces important email (across multiple accounts) based on your communications, and quick swipe controls allow you to easily triage your email. It's a great mobile email app, and works with Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and iCloud email accounts. Check out our in-depth look at Outlook mobile here.
Google's Gmail (Android, iOS) comes default on most Android devices, and if you're already a heavy user of the search titan's web mail service, this may very well do everything you need. The Gmail app supports multiple accounts and notifications, while also offering particularly handy tools for organizing your emails. Automatic filters can sort out social notifications and spam mail, and users can get really get down to the nitty-gritty, setting rules for tagging incoming mail by sender and automatically shunting them into folders. In addition to Gmail, the app also supports a variety of IMAP and POP email accounts and Exchange.
While Google continues to tweak the functionality of its core Gmail app, it's also begun experimenting with another email app by the Gmail team called Inbox (Android, iOS). Inbox is Google's attempt at a smarter email system, with a "bundles" system that automatically groups related details such as purchases and travel details together into convenient tabs, and a "highlights" view that brings up important details in a message thread (such as photos, order updates and so on.) without needing to open a message. Other additions include a swipe to snooze function, as well as the ability to add reminders and pin messages to the top of your inbox.
Dispatch treats your inbox as a to-do list. The app features quick, aggressive sorting options to quickly get your mail into archives or sent to a variety of other apps. Users can archive emails into Evernote, send links to Pocket or create linked events with Fantastical. It's fast, but not perfect. While Dispatch supports most IMAP services, it doesn't support POP email. It's a powerful tool for users that turn their emails into task items, sharing email content to a variety of apps and services.