Best Mail apps for iPad: Mailbox, Evomail+, myMail, and more!

Best Mail apps for iPad: Mailbox, Evomail+, myMail, and more!

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

Best Mail apps for iPad: Mailbox

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.

Evomail+

Best Mail apps for iPad: Evomail+

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

Best Mail apps for iPad: myMail

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

Best Mail apps for iPad: Mail Pilot

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.

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Boxer

Best Mail apps for iPad: Boxer

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

Best Mail apps for iPad: Malto

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.

Your picks?

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!

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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Although having been a big fan of Mailbox, it is still (as of typing) experiencing problems with Yahoo. A problem their blog says is at Yahoos end. Until this is fixed, it is unfortunately, for me, just a Gmail client, and no longer a wonderful all-in-one mail app. Hope sorted soon?

Indeed, omitting boxer from this list is a major flaw, I'm using evomail by the way. Evomail+ has a notification sound from 2007 for some reason!

I've tried a lot of email apps during the past few months and based from my experience, Boxer is the one that best suits my needs. The only drawback I have with Boxer are: no push notifications for Yahoo Mail (I think it just utilizes background app refresh) and sometimes it feels quite slow (can't really tell why it feels like that to me, maybe the animation feels laggy?) compared to the Mailbox which just runs buttery smooth. Re-installing the app helped but it's still not at a Mailbox fast level yet. But I probably can live with it in exchange for the features I get to use.

Hi Allyson,
I think you should also include Boxer. It's a great mail app that supports GMail, Yahoo, iCloud, Exchange etc. One important feature for me (very handy for my company's exchange mail account) is that you can set a password for the app only. The only negative is that it doesn't support Exchange Mail Corporate directory.

If the app doesn't support attachments, it doesn't stay on my device. This is teh reason I like Boxer, it supports Dropbox and Box (which I believe is way more safe).

Boxer and the standard mail app. Mailbox is useless for people that actually use email. Mail pilot is pretty good but there have been a lot of bugs, it's still on the list to give another go later. The others I haven't tried because they didn't seem to fill the need that I was looking for. But yes, seroiusly can't believe boxer was left off this list.

I tried Mail Pilot for awhile and just couldn't get used to a few things, (sorry, I forget what those things were). I'm really liking Boxer and have heard that a Mac OS version is in their plans - PERFECT! Couple more things, Boxer connects right up to Sanebox, a good email filter/manager, and, as pointed out in an earlier iMore article, if you download the Box app and sign up for a new account you get 50GB free for life.

I'm currently using the Gmail app.
The reason I am looking for an alternative app is because links are opened in the in-app browser (or Chrome app) instead of Safari app.
If anyone has a solution for that: please let me know.
Safari is where my love is. :)

If you go in to Chrome and select the menu lines at the top-left, then click the settings gear icon, you should see a Google Apps link at the bottom. Choose that and un-select the Chrome option. You should be good to go.

Edit: Disregard me. :) I tested it and it just used the in app browser and not Safari when you do this.

This is a roundup of iPad clients, Dispatch is iPhone only, it's included in that roundup:

http://www.imore.com/best-alternative-mail-clients-iphone-mailbox-triage-boxer-and-more

mailbox is a great app but needs to start supporting more email accounts to really be any use to people that use there mail on a daily bases. From the comments above I am going to give Boxer a try.

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Emailganizer pro:
Everything you need, email conversion to calendar and reminder events, directly in app, lots of third party support for tasks, intelligent archiving. Only thing lacking is an IOS7 UI, which I believe might be in the offing

I want to try out mail pilot. I like the idea of a mail solution for all platforms and the task reminder aspect as well. Great review of this category.

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I'm loving Mail Pilot....it's still got a few bugs and is missing some minor functionality, but I am at Inbox Zero on 3 of 4 gmail accounts.

I'm sticking w/Apple for now. I really love the look and appeal of Mail Pilot, so who knows? Maybe I'll try it out sometime?
Thanks for the list Ally!

I want an app that can actually attach Dropbox files instead of creating a link to them as I often email files to work but Dropbox is blocked by the firewall. If boxer could do this it would be perfect!

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Mailbox: can't acces Gmail folders
Evomail+: buggy buggy buggy
Mail Pilot: looks nice, but never tried because the reviews are scary
Boxer: This looks the best so far. I'm giving it a try.

I've tried them all and chose Boxer. Rock solid, gmail label integration and quick triage capability make this the best IMO.

Due to Yahoo being Yahoo, Mailbox can't sync with it anymore and they removed the option to add it with an update.

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Mail pilot has nice ideas, but it's full of bugs and conversations order is inversed (old first). CloudMagic is my option now, and works on iPhone and iPad. Give it a try ;)

Boxer is good too.

I installed MyMail after reading about it here. It's fantastic - a straightforward client that doesn't impose its view and dazzle you with pointless icons or hide basic functionality behind obscure gestures. Will be blogging about this soon. It's not as featureful as AquaMail for Android, though. I'd really like that ported to iOS.

Thanks for the Altamail recommendation! It's amazing! I've tried Boxer, evomail, Mymail, Gmail, Mailbox, Molto, probably a few others ... And so far Altamail vastly exceeds them all. It's so customizable, so powerful, and comes with such solid help -- printed, online, and 24/7 email response -- that it's a breeze to understand. I just have the free version now but will definitely be upgrading soon.

I'm biased: I'm a PC and Android geek. However, I need an iPad for testing my websites, and I didn't like the native Mail client. Your post comparing the email clients was informative, and based on your ratings I decided to try Evomail+. Yes, it's pretty and slick, and although the navigation is the "cool" factor, it didn't work for me. I simply couldn't get comfortable with the navigation and trying to send a simple test message became an exercise in frustration. myMail was my next choice, and I should have tried it first. Right away it impressed me with the ease with which it added my email accounts, and the layout is intuitive. It's the keeper.

Tried some of those apps and these are my feelings:
Mymail - have to say that I like it.
Would love to have the option of seeing an inbox for all accounts instead of having to check every single one.
Also an editor for the accounts would be useful, as I prefer to swap the position or have a personal icon for each one.

Gmail - just good for Gmail
Lots of people love this app, but if you do have other email accounts it is kind of useless.

Cannonball - Hmmm maybe in the future versions
What can I say ? You just see your inbox folder and nothing else.
That looks cool and a little bit different, but it misses all the basic email functions that I need.
Tried moving an email to a subfolder to archive it and did not find any way to do it, so I had to use the default email app.
This one gets a thumb down.

Native app - Thumbs up
In the end I will either use the native app or Mymail.
Have to say that after trying out some other apps, the native one is not that bad :)

Will also try Boxer, Evomail+, Altamail nad Cloudmagic, as I have read some positive comments here, and will give you a small review afterwards.

After installing and trying them all, now I have my chart :)
First comes Boxer.
Way the best of them all !
The only minor lack is a frame color for the emails in the general inbox folder, so that you can see in which account the mail is. If they implement that in future upgrades it will be the ultimate email app !

Second comes Altamail.
Just because it is more complicated, as you can configure everything.

Third the native app, which at the end is really not so bad.

myMail is also not that bad, but lacks the option to have a single inbox folder, which in my opinion is very important.

Hope you like my comment and appreciate my hints.
When I am looking for an app and see that there are lots of similar ones, I would love to get some advice !

I use Offline Mail (for iPad and iPhone) in conjunction with the normal Mail App, mainly because it is incredibly quick at searching, and also gets you out of sticky situations when you need to access an email but you don't have any internet access...

CloudMagic (can't post link as marked as spam!) is a very good mail app. I've been using for a few weeks and it's working for me well (Office365 and gmail).

Also has password to access and a "cards" interface which gives quick access to post to other apps, such as zendesk (useful for me).

- Matt

Cloud magic is the best app for me , great UI and UX and integrations with cards like Evernote , one note etc just makes it so better