From managing mail better to triaging email faster to getting your inbox to zero, here are the best alternative email apps for iPad!
The iPad lets you hold the internet in your hands, and that makes it an amazing tool for handling email. Whether you want to read and reply to messages from the couch, triage your email while on the go, or keep things organized at school or at the office, the iPad can help you do all that or more. You just need the right app. If the built-in Mail doesn't do it for you, there are a bunch of great alternatives in the App Store. But which one is the best?
Mailbox lets you deal with your inboxes quickly by giving you lists and snooze options. Your inbox is meant to be only for the messages that need your immediate attention. Everything else gets filed in a list or snoozed for later. Along the top of your inbox you can view what you've saved for later and what you've archived. The pullout navigation gives you access to everything else. Mailbox currently supports Gmail, iCloud, and Yahoo account types. You can also link your Dropbox account for saving attachments.
If the reliability of push notifications and syncing is your number one concern, Mailbox has your back.
The thing I love about Evomail+ is the navigational design. You've got one button in the lower left corner of the screen that dynamically changes depending on what you're currently doing. It makes the entire experience smooth and intuitive. Accounts are also color coded so you can easily pick out what account something was sent to when inside the unified inbox. Evomail+ currently supports Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, and custom IMAP accounts.
If you want customizable gestures and an interface that's almost as smart as you are, check out Evomail+.
myMail is more traditional than the other guys and doesn't specialize in adding snooze alarms and lists to your inbox. Instead, it lets you view, sort, and organize your mail into the folders you already have set up. Tap on avatars in order to bulk sort messages. myMail also lets you share multiple photos from the Photos app in just a few taps. As for push notifications, MyMail has those too. Currently MyMail supports Gmail, Hotmail, Live, Outlook, MSN, iCloud, AOL and Yahoo.
If you want a more traditional replacement mail app that simply adds efficiency, myMail is it.
Mail Pilot, much like Mailbox, turns your email into a task list, complete with snooze alarms and lists. Visually Mail Pilot offers more information and accessibility at a glance, which makes navigation quicker. We also can't forget that Mail Pilot also has a Mac counterpart which gives it a leg up for those that want a truly complete solution. Mail Pilot current supports Google, iCloud, Yahoo!, AOL, or standard IMAP account types.
If you want a complete email replacement suite across iOS and OS X, Mail Pilot is where its at.
Boxer comes complete with push notifications and full integration with both Evernote and Dropbox. Unlike most of the other guys, Boxer supports both labels and folders. This makes it a nice option for folks who already have their own folder organization system set up and don't want to completely change it. As for account types, Boxer supports Gmail, Outlook, Exchange (2007 and up), Yahoo, Hotmail, iCloud, AOL, and IMAP.
If you want classic folder options on conjunction with get things done functionality, get Boxer.
Molto is the Flipboard of the email world and is made for people that don't take email so seriously. Aside from pulling in images from links, Molto also connects with Facebook to allow you to view photos from your timeline without ever having to launch the Facebook app. This also pulls contact photos in for people that email you. Molto isn't meant to be a feature rich email client but that's okay, it provides an enjoyable experience and for leisurely emailers, it's a nice option.
If email is a casual thing for you, Molto makes it an enjoyable, media rich experience.
Have you replaced the stock Mail app on your iPad with something else? If so, which app did you choose and why? Be sure to let us know in the comments!