Poll: Sparrow users, are you sticking with Sparrow for iPhone or switching to one of these alternatives?

Google has bought Mac and iPhone Gmail app, Sparrow, and while it will still be maintained, it will no longer be kept in active development. What that effectively means is, no more Sparrow for iPhone, at least not in the way that matters.

So, if you're Sparrow user, what do you plan on doing?

You can certainly keep using the Sparrow app we have today until, at some point in the future it stops working. You won't get that push update you've been waiting for -- you won't get any new updates, but you'll keep what you have. For a while, at least. But you also have some other options...

You can switch back to the built-in Apple Mail app. It doesn't support Gmail specific features like stars or labels, but it does have universal inbox, push via Exchange ActiveSync, and will be getting additional features like VIP inbox with iOS 6 this fall. It doesn't "fit" the Gmail workflow, but it works and Apple isn't abandoning it any time soon.

You can switch to the official Gmail app, which is basically Gmail.com in a thin app wrapper so it can access contacts, and attach images. It offers excellent support for Gmail the way Google built it to be used, but isn't a great iOS app the way Apple meant them to be built.

You can go to Gmail.com on your iPhone. No, seriously. You can.

If you're really bummed, you can do like former Google employee #20 and new Yahoo! CEO #20 Marissa Mayer did and leave Gmail entirely...

Or maybe you've thought of something else? Let us know what you're doing in the poll above, and give us the details in the comments below!

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Poll: Sparrow users, are you sticking with Sparrow for iPhone or switching to one of these alternatives?


I was never using the app because Gmail came out first and I knew the official app would get better and once it got better it would always be better. Also Sparrow did not have push and I use that.

Oops! Should've posted this in this thread, not the other one--sorry. Anyway:

I don't use anything Google except search (without signing in). Bought Sparrow months ago, but as soon as I saw it wouldn't really replace the stock Mail on my iMac (no POP), I never used it. But I kept it on my Mac and phone, waiting to see if Apple improved Mail or Sparrow improved. Sparrow was almost there, but now that they've gone to the Dark Side, I just deleted it forever.

Yeah, I'll also keep using it in the hope that Google will ditch their crappy iPhone app and adopt Sparrow instead. Too much for the iPad version.

I recently went back to the stock iOS mail app because the GMAIL app just sucks. The only thing it was good for is instant Push Notifications, but everything else just screams mediocrity.

Never used it. It did not support pop when it first came out, nor exchange. It was just reading gmail, so could not see a reason for it.

Lump me in with the "don't really care" crowd. I've been Google free for the last couple of months and I haven't missed it one bit.

Google reminds me of a child molester. They lure you in with the offer of "free" services, and before you know it, they're taking advantage of you by stealing and cataloging all your personal information, in the name of marketing and advertising.

i tried sparrow. honestly it wasn't for me. it wasn't bad but i actually preferred the stock app to access my gmail.

I was giving Sparrow a try after years using Postbox, which I love. When I was just getting used to the gmail-like workflow again, waiting for push on iPhone, the iPad app, and lots of improvements on the desk version, I received the e-mail. Deleted all apps, and went back to postbox, still the best solution for e-mail in my opinion.

Postbox may not seem so "native" for gmail but it supports it in a VERY good way, I recommend a look at its trial version for those orphaned by Sparrow.