The Very Best Android Email Apps 2015

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Checking and sending emails are probably the most frequent things we do on our smartphones yet often times the stock email client on our Android devices leaves a lot to be desired. With that in mind we’ve compiled a list of the ten best email clients for Android based on informal polling of our friends and colleagues and scouring the web for reviews. 

The email apps below are listed in alphabetical order and while none of them are one-size-fits-all you’re sure to find one that helps make reaching zero inbox easy. 

Inbox 

Google’s brand new email application, aptly titled Inbox, launched a few months back and is now available on Android and iOS, although you will need an invite to access the application for the time being –– it’s still in beta. 

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The idea behind Inbox is to cut the crap and focus on the email that is most important to you. Inbox introduces a variety of features in order to do this, which are summarised below: 

  • BUNDLES – Similar messages are bundled together so you can deal with them all at once. And get rid of them with one tap.
  • HIGHLIGHTS – Get the most important information without even opening the message. Check-in for flights, see shipping information for purchases, and view photos from friends right up front.
  • REMINDERS: More than mail, you can add Reminders so your inbox contains all the things you need to get back to.
  • SNOOZE: Snooze emails and Reminders to come back when you are ready to deal with them: next week, when you get home, or whenever you choose.
  • SEARCH: Inbox helps you find exactly what you’re looking for— from your upcoming flight to a friend’s address— without having to dig through messages.
  • WORKS WITH GMAIL: Inbox is built by the Gmail team, so all your messages from Gmail are here, along with the reliability and spam protection of Gmail. All of your messages are still in Gmail and always will be.

Apply for an invite now and sample it yourself! 

Aqua Mail (free)

There are two primary reasons I like Aqua Mail. This first is its design simplicity. Inboxes and folders are incredibly simple to navigate with their color-coded labels. What’s even better is the ability to collapse all the folders inside one email account so you can quickly get clutter off your screen when searching through mutliple accounts. The app also supports swipe gestures and clearly identifiable action buttons, which make replying, forwarding, and delting emails simple.

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But what I really love about Aqua Mail is its ablity to support formatted text. This is something some of the most popular email clients–even iOS’s Mail–can’t do. Aqua Mail allows you to not only underline, bold, and italics text (many email clients do) but it also allows you to color the text and even select different fonts. Aqua Mail supports Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, FastMail, iCloud, GMX, AOL, and more.

Blue Mail (free)

Out of all the apps on this list Blue Mail is the most gorgeously designed. Matter of fact, it looks suspiciously like an iOS 8 app, so I’m wondering if Jony Ive is moonlighting as an Android developer in his free time. 

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What I really like about Blue Mail is it acts like a to do list and an alarm clock all in one. When you get an email you can simply swipe it to delete it or swipe it to mark it as “Done.” However, what’s really cool is that you can also snooze messages, so you’ll get an alert to look at them again later. 

The default snooze length is three hours, but you can set your own as well. Best of all Blue Mail supports Gmail, Yahoo, Office 365, AOL, Google Apps, Hotmail, Outlook, iCloud, Mail.ru, Zoho, GMX and virtually any other IMAP email account. 

CloudMagic (free)

CloudMagic provides a unified inbox for all your email accounts including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, iCloud, Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, AOL and other IMAP accounts. As with its iOS counterpart, the Android app has a nice, flat design and the app has a very easy setup process.

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Another really nice thing is it’s got full integration with Salesforce.com, Zendesk, Pocket, Evernote, OneNote, Trello and MailChimp so you can perform quick actions on your email right from the app. 

Gmail (free)

If you’re a big Gmail user you’re going to want to download this official Gmail client from Google. It doesn’t have as many cool features as other email apps on this list, and it only works with Gmail email accounts, but if Gmail is the only email you use, this app should be golden.

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Stellar features include powerful search (of course), nice notifications, and an interface that melds with the web-based Gmail interface nicely. Another nice feature is the ability to insert Google Drive files directly into messages. 

K-9 Mail (free)

K-9 Mail is a great email client if you’re into the open source software movement. Matter of fact, it’s probably one of the most stable open source email clients I’ve ever used.

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And though I think the design looks a bit stale and 1990s-like, the app is packed with features including multi-folder syncing, flagging, filing, signatures, PGP, as well as the ability to save emails and attachments to SD cards and much, much more.

If email productivity is your thing, you’ll not find an app on this list that offers more features than K-9.

Mailbox (free)

Mailbox was bought by Dropbox a few years back. It was the first email app that really cared about making sorting and replying to your emails fast and easy. Matter of fact, it’s one of the first that thought of creating all these swipeable gestures so many of the other emails apps on this list now use.

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It’s still a stunningly simple and fluid app, but compared to many of these other email apps, Mailbox is kind of light on features. It also only supports iCloud and Gmail. 

Mail Wise (free)

Mail Wise is an email client people who hate clutter are going to LOVE. But before we get to the clutter part, let me say Mail Wise has one of the best UIs on this list. Its design aethetics are simple and intuitive. The app features a unified inbox with the ability to sort your messages by “read”, “unread”, “starred”, “unstarred”. The app also features poweful swipe gestures.

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But the real power of Mail Wise is its ability to show your emails in a threaded view that resembles something similar to text messaging. We’ve al had long email converstations with someone where the body of the previous several messages are included as quites in the email, not to mention signatures and introductions (“Hello again”). What Mail Wise does is strip the repetitive information (i.e. signatures, headers and letter like formalities) out of email threads and then organize just the important bits of each email into an easy-to-follow text message-like thread. It’s a brilliant feature and one I think you’re gonna love. Supports Exchange, Outlook, Office 365,Hotmail, Gmail, Google apps, Yahoo, AOL (ActiveSync, IMAP).

Molto (free)

Molto is an email client that ties into your social media messages and gives you all your information in one place.

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As for email accounts it supports Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Outlook.com/Hotmail, POP3 and IMAP. It’s got a clever, slick design that is something of a cross between Facebook’s news feed and a Twitter timeline. 

myMail (free)

myMail is the second-best designed app on this list.

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I love its red and black colour scheme, simplified interface, and beautiful glyphs. Indeed, this app put design front and centre with photo avatars for your email contacts so you can see who is sending you an email with just a glance. I also love how email picture attachments appear as thumbnails across the top of an email; no more tapping an image to see what it is. 

myMail supports Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, iCloud, Hotmail, Outlook.com, GMX and most IMAP and POP3 email accounts.

Seed Mail (free)

 

Seed Mail has a nice, minimalist design and offers a lot of good features like real-time push notifications and passcode logins for extra security.

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And while it supports email accounts from Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, iCloud, AOL and other IMAP services, the big thing is its Exchange Server support. Seed Mail works with Exchange 2013, 2010, 2007, and 2003, so business users are sure to love this.

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