Email apps

October 19, 2015

Everyone has an email address, I believe, some of us have one by every email provider. Emails are also becoming a very popular means of communication, which is why there are numerous email apps you can use for this purpose.

Let’s start with the most basic:


Every device has it, although most people overlook it and go straight to Gmail. This default app allows you to add various email accounts, and from different email clients, so you can add your Gmail, Yahoo and Microsoft account. It’s also capable of including an Exchange account, so you can add your company or work email address.

The only downside is that, even if you sign in to your Gmail account with the app, you will have to sign in again through the Gmail app to be able to access the Play Store. I think this was Google’s strategy to force all their Android users to use the Gmail app, and you have to because if you sign into both, you get double notifications for a single email.

My solution is to sign it to all other email clients with the app and sign into Gmail with their app. I do this because I find this app to be faster than all other email apps.


It’s fast, although not as much as the default Email app, so the only thing going for it is its superior aesthetics. I have to admit it has a far prettier interface from any other email client out there, and lately, they’ve added the ability to add non-Gmail addresses. If you’d like an email app that works and is also pretty, then Gmail app would be your best option. However, you’d still need the default Email app for any Exchange accounts you may have.


I’m disappointed, but also not that surprised, because the latest Yahoo Mail app is almost an exact replica of Gmail, except the highlight colour which is purple. As you’d expect, you can add non-Yahoo accounts and access them all easily, but again, it doesn’t have Exchange services.

The only thing that makes this app stand out from Gmail is that it offers up to 1TB of free space, which is nice, although I doubt anyone uses that much space for emails with Dropbox and Google Drive around. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to have the space, though, and it’s also great for those with Yahoo Mail accounts.

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft have definitely taken it up a notch, allowing you to add non-Outlook accounts plus Exchange and iCloud accounts. Additionally, they’ve added the ability to use gestures to perform quick tasks like delete, schedule and archive messages. Unlike the Gmail, and Yahoo, interface which is pretty, the Outlook have used a very clean interface which I actually love a lot.

For me, this app takes the top spot in terms of features, the only thing they should have considered was to make it a bit faster. The app isn’t as swift as the others and this is something they really have to consider if they’re to attract more users.

Which is best?

I’d really like to give you a specific answer, but your choice has to be based choice has to be based on what you need most. If you send large files, Gmail and Outlook would be preferable because they work with Google Drive and OneDrive respectively to help you do that. If you only send small sized emails, the default Email app is going to be faster, but you’d have to be content with the rather bland user interface. As for Yahoo, you really don’t need it unless you have a Yahoo! Account.

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