MailDroid app review: A great replacement to K-9

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It seems that I can never stay with one thing for very long. I find one thing that works for a little while, and then move on – a process that repeats itself many times a year.

The latest of this ongoing series happened while I was looking for a new mail client. As you know, I used to use K-9. It was a great little email app: it worked very well and always gave me my email quickly and reliably. Unfortunately, that was its biggest downfall, as I soon found out that the reason it was constantly giving me my email was because it was constantly refreshing my inboxes. Within a matter of days, I had chewed through almost half of my 200MB data plan.

Since I am using Android, I was able to find a replacement. MailDroid is a free email app that supports “IMAP Idle and POP3 email.” It’s also completely rewritten, so it’s a 100% different app from any stock Android email app.

With all of that said, let me give you a quick little rundown of some of the features I found most impressive (for me).

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Something that is very important to me is multi-account support. I use four accounts, but three on my phone. Since MailDroid supports IMAP and POP3 email, I can use basically any service I want – as long as I know the required credentials.

Setup of each account is flawless provided that you do actually know your credentials. If you don’t – well, you’re gonna have a bad time.

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Another thing that’s quite important is a neatly-organized unified inbox. Sure enough, MailDroid is up to the task. You can color-code each account that you have so your emails don’t get mixed up. Like most email clients, MailDroid sorts your emails by date – but this client also tells you the name of the day. Let’s face it: sometimes you just don’t know what day it is or was or what date either of them were. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this; it makes going through old emails much easier.

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My last favorite feature of MailDroid is this: filters. You can filter your mail based on the sender, receiver, or subject of an email; or you can filter based on the flagged, unread, read, or with attachments status of an email. It worked very well in my testing.

Granted, this is a short review, but that’s mostly because email clients are subjective. I could tell you about how well MailDroid fits in with Ice Cream Sandwich’s Holo theme, but you might not like Holo. I could tell you that there are no gestures – which to me is a bummer – but you might prefer to tap on each message.

What I can tell you is that you should try MailDroid out. It’s free with ads; if you don’t want ads, you can buy the full version for $17.99. For what it’s worth, that the ads don’t bother me, so you can probably save the money and stick with the free version. It’s a great email app and I’m truly glad that I found it.

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Download: Google Play

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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