Ease of use

Is it pretty, pow­er­ful or an email eye­sore?

Mac Format - - RATED -

The pret­ti­est, sim­plest app here is Uni­box: it’s like no email pro­gram you’ve ever used, and we mean that in a nice way. Grab­bing con­tact icons from Gra­vatar and from their email do­main is a par­tic­u­larly nice touch.

Mail­box comes a close sec­ond with its em­i­nently swi­peable in­ter­face. It’s pret­tier than Air­mail 2, which of­fers more on-screen op­tions and can feel a lit­tle crowded as a re­sult - although not as crowded as Thun­der­bird, which feels dated and overly clut­tered. Thun­der­bird isn’t hard to use, but it does feel like trav­el­ling back in time – and Post­box uses its en­gine but looks and feels much more like Ap­ple’s Mail.

That leaves Out­look, which is vastly im­proved in its Of­fice 2016 ver­sion: it man­ages to fit with Yosemite’s in­ter­face while be­ing recog­nis­ably Mi­crosoft, and it does a de­cent job of hid­ing its com­plex­ity if you don’t need it or want to see it. It doesn’t have the charm of Mail­box, but un­like older ver­sions you don’t feel it’s been made by some­one who’s never used a Mac ei­ther.

The pret­ti­est, eas­i­est to use app is Uni­box. It’s more like Mes­sages than email.

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