iPhone Life Magazine - - Contents - BY CHRIS VASQUES


Astro (Free) Of all the free third-party email apps we've tested, Astro's the one we couldn't get out of our heads. Now that ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence has made its way into email, peo­ple are re­con­sid­er­ing their email work­flows. Astro's AI works be­hind the scenes to un­der­stand my inbox and the app's chat­bot of­fers a per­sonal touch. Any­one who has used Slack­bot will find the con­ver­sa­tional ex­change fa­mil­iar. Astro's in­tel­li­gence is wo­ven deep into the app, and it still han­dles the ba­sics with grace. Its many fea­tures in­clude the abil­ity to pri­or­i­tize emails, snooze mes­sages, sched­ule send times, and even re­ceive re­minders about im­por­tant emails. We could all use a lit­tle help when it comes to man­ag­ing our inbox, and Astro's friendly chat­bot has proven to be up for the job. Keep in mind, how­ever, that this app only works with Gmail and Of­fice 365 though.

Spark (Free) Spark lives up to its rep­u­ta­tion as one of the best email apps avail­able. Although the app's Smart Inbox—which sorts emails into sep­a­rate panes by peo­ple you know, mass mail­ing lists, and ser­vices— was a lit­tle con­fus­ing at first, once we tweaked it a bit, it gave us pow­er­ful con­trol over what we could see from the main screen. The Quick Replies fea­ture is a dream come true for those ping-pong email threads, and search is no­tice­ably smarter than other email apps we've tried. Plus, no other app al­lows for the abil­ity to hot-swap email sig­na­tures. Over­all, Spark man­ages to main­tain a clean look while of­fer­ing fea­tures that place it in a class of its own.

BlueMail (Free) For those who en­joy be­ing able to man­age tasks within their email app, BlueMail has done an in­cred­i­ble job of in­te­grat­ing key pro­duc­tiv­ity fea­tures. Swip­ing any email re­veals a menu where you can add it to the Later check­list. Ac­cess to this list, along with the usual Inbox and Com­pose options, is avail­able in the bar along the bot­tom of the screen. You'll also find the Peo­ple Inbox here, which shows you who has con­tacted you most re­cently. Beyond its pro­duc­tiv­ity-cen­tric func­tion­al­ity, BlueMail's vis­ual cus­tomiza­tions def­i­nitely grab your at­ten­tion. Switch­ing to Dark Mode worked re­ally well, high­light­ing the con­tact photo next to each email.

Inky (Free) Inky pro­vides proof-of-sender email that guar­an­tees con­fi­den­tial­ity. Inky is also the only email app that in­te­grates these se­cu­rity mea­sures into ex­ist­ing ac­counts. Mail apps such as the very pop­u­lar Pro­tonMail re­quire users to cre­ate a new email ad­dress with them. Inky does re­quire that users sign up for a se­cure ac­count with them to man­age se­cu­rity, but they don't re­quire an en­tirely new ad­dress. Beyond se­cu­rity, Inky is fast and in­tu­itive to use, with cus­tom­iz­a­ble inbox fil­ters that are com­fort­able to cre­ate. Send­ing emails with a ver­i­fied sig­na­ture isn't a need for every­one, but for users seek­ing high se­cu­rity on ex­ist­ing ac­counts, Inky is the king of cryp­tog­ra­phy.

Chuck (Free) The Chuck ap­proach is rather ag­gres­sive when it comes to clear­ing out the junk in your email and fo­cus­ing on what's im­por­tant. In our ex­pe­ri­ence, Inbox Zero fans ap­pre­ci­ate such ag­gres­sion. Chuck al­lows sort­ing by sender, sub­ject, or time pe­riod, and can also fil­ter emails to al­low for only mes­sages from con­tacts to ap­pear. One-handed func­tion­al­ity is a strength for Chuck, as you can even change the tra­di­tional view from lines to rows of boxes. Bulk-ac­tion delet­ing, snooz­ing, and sort­ing hap­pen so eas­ily that it's al­most alarm­ing. How­ever, this kind of fire­power will be ab­so­lutely re­ward­ing for any­one ready to wage war on their inbox.

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