Mail Pilot 2 for iPhone and iPad review

Mail Pilot version 2.0 is now available for both iPhone and iPad and includes a lot of refinements and new features that make your inbox even easier to manage. With the addition of iCloud sync, better gestures, and enhanced navigation, Mail Pilot 2 transforms your emails into individual tasks so you can get things done even faster.

If you've used Mail Pilot prior to the new version, you'll still feel right at home. The overall experience is more refined, more mature even. Mail Pilot 2 supports a few different color schemes, all of which are tasteful and beautiful. The most important feature remains easy access to the inbox — you'e only ever one downward swipe away. Yes, I've accidentally triggered Notification Center a few times by swiping to close to the top, but overall its a productivity win.

Mail Pilot 2 for iPhone and iPad review

Mail Pilot works much the same as other email apps that use scheduling and snoozing. You can archive mail, delete it, or save it for later. If you save it for later, you can choose a time and date for it to re-appear in your inbox. However, Mail Pilot takes things one step further and also allows you to create lists. It's not unique to Mail Pilot, but it's powerful none the less. With lists you can group emails from any account you have linked. All messages added to these lists then show up in one view, regardless of whether or not they're saved to the same email account.

The main difference between Mail Pilot and other "getting things done" type mail apps is the level of organization and structure. Since Mail Pilot literally turns your inbox into a todo list, it should mean that less will slip through the cracks. Until you actually mark a message as complete, it will remain in your inbox. Marking a message as complete moves in into the archive. If you want more actions, just hold down on a message and you have several options to flick messages away.

Mail Pilot 2 for iPhone and iPad review

The good

  • Clean design that's easy to navigate
  • One swipe away from your inbox, no matter where you are
  • Great drafts support
  • Multiple ways to organize which makes Mail Pilot 2 even more flexible than ever
  • Attachment support for most used cloud storage services

The bad

  • If you're not precise when swiping down, you can unintentionally activate Notification Center
  • Bulk edit mode is difficult to find (you have to swipe down on the inbox message view to reveal a select button)
  • No native push notifications, background app refresh only
  • No oAuth support for Google

The bottom line

Mail Pilot 2 for iPhone and iPad review

Mail Pilot 2 is a decent refinement to what was already a good product. The price point may be a barrier of entry for a lot of people but for anyone who wants complete control of every detail — and are okay sacrificing true push to get it, Mail Pilot may be worth it to them.

To celebrate the launch of Mail Pilot 2, Mindsense is discounting the price to $7.99, normally $9.99. You can also snag the Mac app for $14.99 right now, normally $19.99. If you pick up either, let us know in the comments what you think!

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12 Comments
  • $14.99 is listed twice. But nice to know its on sale! Sent from the iMore App
  • It's just WAY too expensive, even the sale price. More than double what it should cost. Other companies are pumping out free mail apps that have the same feature set- Mailbox, Outlook (formerly Accompli) etc.
  • Ally, I have been a beta tester for MP 2.0 for several weeks now. I mostly agree with your assessment, but I have two additional comments: 1-I intermittently experience issues where the app becomes borderline unresponsive: not registering keystrokes, not pulling up the attachments dialog. Ironically, that happened to me this morning after installing the GA release over my beta copy.
    2-I don't think that the diagonal ribbon is the best solution. It takes too many clicks to delete or file an email from the email body screen. I'd sure like to able to delete an email with one click after reading it. Thoughts?
  • Since they are from the same company do the actions you make on the ios app carry over to the Mac app?
  • The two apps do work together and the Mac app is fairly elegant. So if you set an email aside in one version, it's set aside in the other version.
  • Another observation: Notifications do not work on the MP 2.0 iOS app yet. The app has potential but still seems rough around the edges.
  • Are Drafts finally stored on the server or just locally?
    Also: can you file emails to folders in other accounts?
  • No on filing emails to folders in other accounts. Not sure about drafts.
  • No push notifications, and I didn't read anything about Exchange support. I don't know, it doesn't sound like it's worth the high price they're asking for.
  • I had high expectations for mail pilot 2. It's been in development for a long time. Unfortunately for it just doesn't do it for me. The main issue is the lack of push. Relying on iOS 8 background sync just doesn't feel as reliable when it comes to receiving new mail.
    Sadly for mail pilot, they probably released this 2 weeks late. The new Outlook mail app, in my opinion sets a new bar for third party mail apps. It's more refined than mail pilot.
    There is a fine balance between making life easier with gestures but in the case with mail pilot 2, I found that it becomes almost over complicated to make things simple. I had the same issues as Ali with notification centre.
    With so many good free mail app options out there, Mail Pilot is fighting a losing battle to try and add value with extra features or a different approach to mail, but it in my opinion, trying to reinvent mail into a task manager has actually added additional complexity to mail. I sent a test mail to myself and received an instant notification with the Outlook App and only received my mail in mail pilot after re launching the app. I will never trust that mail arrives when it should with mail pilot and that is the apps biggest flaw. Sent from the iMore App
  • I had done a great mistake by rushing to purchase this app @ 8$ and not waiting for the review from i more. So I was not able to get my G mail A/c configured with this app. Thus lost my money (8$) and also had delete the app from my iPhone. Now again hunting for a new app for mail....
  • I had no issue setting my 4 gmail accounts up. But, you might try Microsoft's new Outlook app. It's free and pretty awesome.