We’ve seen a whole host of new and attractive third party email clients over the past year: Sparrow, Mailbox and Gmail for iOS have all been huge hits, but there’s always been a sense that there’s room for something else. Either because of lack of compatibility with all IMAP email providers, or the lack of a basic function. A little while back Mail Pilot landed as an idea on KickStarter, and has now finally arrived on the App Store.
Similar to Mailbox it allows you to use intuitive gestures to organize your email, and the aim is to transform your email experience in to a much more productive to-do list. It’s compatible with Outlook, iCloud, Gmail and many others so you don’t have to worry about it not working with your provider. That’s one thing it has over Mailbox and (obviously) Gmail. It’s also a universal download, optimized for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. A huge selling point against both Mailbox and Sparrow.
The design is beautiful and early reviews have been really positive. But, its not without its issues. The biggest hurdle will almost certainly be its high price point. At $15, it’s not the cheapest email client out there, and considering it doesn’t yet have push notifications, it’s not a finished product.
But, as iMore editor Ally Kazmucha puts it, there is hope:
“Mail Pilot is off to a great start and if they can overcome some small issues such as lack of push notifications, they could easily become a fan favorite when it comes to alternative mail apps for iPhone and iPad.”
Keep your eye out for more coverage of this, because if it lives up to its promise, it could seriously change the way we do email. It’s “compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 6.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5″.
Download the Mail Pilot app from the App Store