Hello friends. I have had a dilemma for a year or so now regarding email clients on Android. They all seem to have issues and sacrifices. So I decided to test out the mainstream ones that I would trust with my email stuff.
Let me start off by acknowledging a couple things:
- I know, I know "Why not just use the Gmail app"? The Gmail app has a couple of key sacrifices I will cover later in my review of it.
- "My email client [X] works perfectly!" That's awesome! I want to hear from you, take the poll and tell me what you use and please share in the comments too. If your email client isn't on this list, I will add it! But you gotta fill in the poll for me to be able to do so.
- I am not meaning to put down any developers, users, or anything with this. This is a critical and objective look at common email clients I have used and they have sacrifices for me. It might be perfect for you and I want to hear about your positive (and negative) experiences with different clients.
- I AM NOT BEING PAID BY ANY DEVELOPER OR ANYTHING
- I am not able to test the Samsung Email App or the LG Email Client at this moment because I lost my old s8 I was planning to test it on and I don't own an LG Phone. I will hopefully find the S8 in the coming days and update with my usage.
- If you have pro's and con's of listed email clients here that I did not touch on, fill out the form at the end of this post! I will be adding to this post it is not meant to be stagnant.
- I will be making the results available for anyone to view at the bottom as well
- This post is formatted for Desktop, if you are having issues viewing it, pull it up on the desktop site.
- Added Outlook and Spark to the Poll because Imma dumb.
- Cleaned up a lot of entries (Mainly Fair, K-9, Nine, and AquaMail) and corrected information I was wrong about.
- Added link to the updated k-9 on F-Droid
Alright, lets get to the email clients I have used and tested.
- BlackBerry Hub/Inbox
- Sony Email
- Samsung Email
- LG Email
- AOSP Email
- k-9 Email
- Fair Email
- Aqua Mail
- Spike Email
- Spark Email
- Inbox (RIP)
Below is a breakdown with Pros, Cons, Notes of each client, Screenshots of the Clients (Home page/Inbox, settings, and maybe and extra page or two), and a link to where to get the email client.
- Devices: Pixel 4 XL, Android 11 & Sony Xperia 5 II Android 10
- I created a throwaway email to sign into these email clients with because I dont want yall to see goodies
I have no screenshots, everyone has this app basically. Find it on the play store or already on your phone.
- Very Smooth integration
- Comes with all android devices
- Easy to set up
- Notification actions are not customizable
- Has been having notification issues for many users
- Cannot add a Google/Gsuite account without adding it to your android device as a whole without some jank tweaking
- " One major con of gmail, and I haven't seen this behaviour anywhere else, is that when you Reply All, it does not show all recipients in the mail chain body. It only shows it was replied to you. Please understand that I'm talking about the mail body. The to/cc fields show everyone. It's bad for traceability. " - @imakesawdust
Gmail app works rather well. However, it is not exactly productivity focused or "ground breaking" like some other apps (Inbox, Spark, Outlook's Focused Inbox Default) A couple glaring issues I have with it were covered in cons but it does not let you change notification actions. I do not archive emails, I mark them as read or I delete them. Along with this, I cannot add an email account that has any Google integration without it adding that google or gsuite account to my device. For example, I cannot just add my school and work email without them being added to my Android device and thus removing access to some features on the device like assistant 2.0.
Blackberry Inbox (used to be Hub) Screenshots
| Link to BlackBerry Manager
- Very productivity focused
- Includes a helpful calendaupcoming events section in the inbox
- Has great customization options for creating custom "views" allowing you to curate different local inboxes to combine inboxes and folders from different email addresses.
- Can integrate notifications from other apps such as Social Media and Group Messaging apps
If you have numinous folders in your email account, syncing is weird and difficult.
- Search function is broken at times
- Sent folder syncing breaks occasionally
- requires you to have Hub+ services from Blackberry which is paid after a certain usage time period
- Otherwise requires Blackberry Manager to download both Hub+ services and Inbox
- Doesn't look the best but is ugly by any means
- Notifications have been weird recently; double notifications, grouping and not being able to ungroup.
This is a great all around Hub for your notifications from both email and social media/group messaging apps. It has weird screen formatting issues and for those with cutouts and notches, it can look weird.
It has serious issues with folder syncing becuase I have 10-20 custom folders in my personal gmail and I have to manually tell it to sync every single folder and it is not a single click but rather a couple click process.
During testing, I have found that you can indeed sync all folders with just a click or two.
Sony Email Screenshots
| Link to ApkMirror
- Very clean layout
- useful upcoming events footer
- Simple enough to set up
- syncs all folders without any issues.
- Supports oAuth for gmail accounts for simple sign in
- Will be shut down within a year most likely
- Having issues signing into some smtp settings, I got it working but it is a pita
My internship gsuite email will not sync smtp, same with a test gsuite account I created however, other gsuite emails seam to work. I have gone through and tried the 2fa, app password, enabling less secure apps, changed admin policies on the admin side. I cannot get smtp to work on these accounts with this client.
I got this to work finally, I had to make it think it was a gmail based account first then finally sign in by changing information. Outlook Screenshots
| Play Store Link
- Very secure
- Has the backbone of Microsoft
- Makes managing multiple emails pretty easy
- Has a Focus inbox (pro for some, con for me)
- Requires you to sign into a google account and add the account to your android devices.
- The focus inbox is crap imo
- It auto defaults to calendar notifications that I find annoying.
Outlook gets the job done. The UI is meh, I dont like some of their choices for features.
No screenshots as of right now | Play Store Link
- Easy set up
- Looks decent
- syncs all folders
- Samsung device specific
- Does not offer a lot of customization options
Notes: I am not a fan of the design of this app but it is not bad by any means. It is Samsung device exclusive. I do not like the auto default to calendar syncing.
No screenshots | ApkMirror Link
AOSP/LineageOS Email Client Screenshots
| ApkMirror Link
- Super Simple
- Clean looking
- Works with any account I have tried
- Will always be free
- Not simple to find
- Support will most likely be phased out
- Very little customization
This client is the simplest out of all of them. Not many customization options, straight forward setup. Unless you use a tweaked version, it doesn't natively support theme changing with device theme change.
| Play Store Link
- Support offered
- Syncing works very well
- Offers calendar cynic and views
- Tasks syncing and management
- Paid (Just a one time payment, I was wrong about that originally)
- Doesn't offer much customization even though you're paying for it
- Starting to look out of date
I personally don't think we should have to pay for such a simple app. If the service was decoupled from usage of the app, I would be okay with it. But a lot of features are locked behind a paywall. The material design is starting feel out of date considering you are paying for this.
K-9 Email Screenshots
| Play Store Link
| F-Droid link with Updated version
- Open Source
- Great control over settings
Out of date (on android 10 I get the app targeting earlier API Version warning every time I open it) There is a beta version that is in development that has material design!
- Setting can be confusing/not the easiest set up
I love the fact this is open source! But the primary app is very out of date. I really do not like the look of it and it plays weirdly with notches and hole punches.**Updated Notes:**A couple people pointed out that there is a beta version out that has a material design, I haven't tried it but will and will report back with screengrabs!
Fair Email Screenshots
| Play Store Link
- Open Source
- Very granular control over sync and email
- Being updated often
- Fair amount of customization
- Does not look the best
- doesn't play well with stricture GSuite accounts.
| Play Store Link
Shoves paid version down your throat
- Apparently the version on the Play Store is purposefully a two week trial.
- Pins paid banner to compose and sends them out as signatures (which I find really annoying if you want me to try a two week period, let me us the full features for a week or two then pin the banned back)
The constant annoying for the paid version which is already at a high price is a complete deal breaker for me, even though this is a two week trial. The fact that it pins it to your signature is absurd when you are supposed to let me try it for two weeks and see if I like it.
| Play Store Link
- Offers all in one solution for calendar, contacts
- Decent UI
- Has a ton of features
- The UI is IOS looking based
- It can get overwhelming
- Is bloated
- Has a paid version that they hide good features behind
I am impartial to this UI, but I wish it would have its own design following material instead of a Facebook and IOS mix. It doesn't look that good for me and is too busy. It does have a lot of features though.
| Play Store Link
- Very clean UI
- Easy to us
- Offers just enough without being overwhelming
- Does not have a ton of features
I really like Spark, I have hesitation of its security though. It looks really good and is pretty simple.
Additional Email Clients from you guys! Email by Edison
This is a Google Forms poll just to get an idea of what you guys use, what you like about it, and what you wish would be improved
about your chosen client. If you have not input for likes/dislikes, just write "n/a"
I left options for people who use two email clients (if you use more, just write about your preferred ones I suppose) but they are not marked as required.
I am not doing anything with this form other than just showing you guys what others voted and using the data to update the pros and cons lists of the email clients. It will be anonymous.
Best Gaming pc black friday reddit deals or sales to look for on 27th November 2020.
Black Friday 2020: the best PC gaming deals you can pick up today
The annual end of year sales spectacular looms over the entire of November, but don't worry, we'll help you sift through the deals chaff. Gaming PC deals
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When is Black Friday?
Black Friday 2020 is very nearly upon us, in fact Amazon Prime Day arguably kicked it all off with some Black Friday deals already live. Right at the start of November. What a time to be alive. With the alluring promise of the ultimate deals on the finest of PC gaming gear, the annual consumer shopping frenzy represents a tempting time to either pick up a bargain to round off your perfect PC setup, or else get ahead of the Christmas gifting rush.
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Your regular desktop or laptop may not cut it if you want to play the newest games.
Gaming PCs, with their faster multicore processors and dedicated graphics cards prevent games from lagging and let you enjoy all the high-quality graphics the games were designed with.
Plus, a gaming computer is necessary to power VR games, if you're thinking of getting an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset.
When to shop for gaming PCs
Prime Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are full of gaming deals, including deals on gaming computers. You'll also find plenty of deals on accessories like monitors, gaming mice and gaming chairs that will keep you comfortable no matter how long you play.
Best places to find gaming computer deals
Electronics stores will have a large variety of gaming PC deals. Check out Newegg, Best Buy, Dell and Amazon in particular.
Gaming computer shopping tips
Most mainstream gaming PCs range in price from under $600 to well over $3,000. Do you want to play 4K games with the graphic settings all the way up, for example? You'll probably have to pay more.
So do your research. Know your graphics cards, and take upgradability of the machine into account. Even buying a lower-cost machine will get you far, if it has a newer motherboard that allows you to swap out for newer components in the future.
Read reviews (check out PC Mag's gaming computer roundup) to avoid buying a machine that doesn't fit your needs or one that is overpriced for your needs.
THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS
Jump straight to the deals you want...
- Gaming PC deals
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- Gaming Monitor deals
- TV deals
- SSD deals
As usual, Black Friday 2020 itself occurs on the last Friday of November, which makes it November 27 this year. But that is, of course, not telling the full story about the true extent of this shopaholism-inducing sales event. Some retailers and manufacturers have already launched their sales, such as Best Buy, Walmart, and Dell, and we're not even out of October yet.
On the plus side it does mean we don't necessarily have to jump into the maelstrom over the main weekend to find the best Black Friday deals on PC gaming goodies. There will be different offers across the month, with a host of different retailers aiming to get the jump on each other with the best offers.
Mostly that means they'll all be trying to beat Amazon. But that is generally an exercise in futility as Jeff knows all, Jeff sees all, and will price match everyone into oblivion. He's probably plugged directly, meatily into a vast datacentre at the start of November, with neurons firing hither and thither, matching or beating the likes of Newegg, Walmart, and the rest in deals... until he's bodily removed by his minions at some point in January to recuperate in a Bacta tank until Prime Day 2021. Probably.
Black Friday deals: quick links
Yes, you can already make some savings on techie goodies right now, with a number of different early Black Friday deals on offer. Sure, we've still got a long time to wait until Black Friday itself, and with a load more deals set to drop too, but if you need something right now there are discounts to be had. BLACK FRIDAY GAMING PC DEALS
Origin PC deals | Pick up to 3 free gifts on select systems
Origin hasn't yet listed any specific system deals, but it has launched its Black Friday bundles. The bonuses take the form of either a $50 VISA card, a 500GB Seagate SSD, a Corsiar Void Pro wireless headset, a Corsair K55 and Harpoon keyboard/mouse setup, a Corsair Dark Core Pro mouse, or an Elgato Mini Dock.VIEW DEAL
Omen Obelisk PC | Intel i5 | GTX 1660 | $965 at Amazon
While not sporting the most powerful components by any means, the Omen Obelisk is a reliable workhorse of a gaming PC, and comes from the also-reliable HP stable. The GTX 1660 is a solid 1080p gaming card, and the i5 is a speedy 6-core last-gen processor. There will be better deals, but this is a solid starter rig.VIEW DEAL
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Gateway Creator Series 15.6-Inch | i5 10300H | RTX 2060 | $999 $849 at Walmart
Don't adjust your calendar, it's still 2020. However, this Gateway (yes, GATEWAY) deal is really good. It's tough to get an RTX 2060 at this price, paired with a Comet Lake CPU and a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD may be a little miserly, but upgrades are reportedly straightforward.
Acer Nitro 5 | Intel i3 | RTX 2060 | $999.99 $899 at B&H
Nvidia promised us sub-$1,000 RTX 2060 laptops, and now even those are getting discounted with new cards coming in 2021. This Acer machine sports a low-end 4-core/8-thread CPU, but the RTX 2060 is a great mainstream mobile chip. The 144Hz display, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD ain't bad either.VIEW DEAL
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim | Intel i5 | Nvidia MX350 | $879.99 $649.99 at Staples
The MX350 is never going to win any awards as a gaming GPU, but it is still a discrete graphics card that's going to deliver higher gaming performance than the integrated GPU of Intel's 10th Gen chips. You can squeeze 720p gaming out of this office machine, with a 512GB SSD and 8GB RAM.VIEW DEAL
MSI GL75 | 17.3-Inch |Intel i7 | RTX 2070 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD | $1,499 $1,199 after rebate
This is a strong configuration from top to bottom for playing games at high framerates. With a 6-core, 12-thread Intel CPU, a powerful mobile Nvidia GPU, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD paired with a 1TB HDD, this is a lot of laptop. Discounted price requires code 4STUDENT (save $100) and cashing in the $100 mail-in-rebate.VIEW DEAL
Acer Swift 3 | 14-inch | Ryzen 7 4700U | $679.99 at Amazon
If you're just after a basic office laptop, that will deliver on battery life and general system performance, the Swift 3 is a great shout. It's small, comes with a 512GB NVMe SSD, and 8GB or RAM. It's no gaming machine, but the 8-core AMD APU is a quality bit of kit, and you could get some very light gaming going on it.VIEW DEAL
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 | Intel i3 | $959 $699 at Best Buy
It's no gaming laptop, but the Pro 7 is a solid tablet with PC pretensions thanks to its connected keyboard and Intel Core i3 processor. The 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD capacity would be a bit miserly on a fully fledged laptop, but in this 12.3-inch tablet form it will absolutely do the job you need of it.VIEW DEAL
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BLACK FRIDAY GAMING MONITOR DEALS
Acer Predator XB271HU | 27-inch | 1440p | 165Hz | $699.99 $467 at Amazon
The XB271 is one of my favourite displays of all time, it uses the exact same panel as the Asus ROG PG279Q, which currently sits atop our best gaming monitors list. And with a $300 discount it's a great price for a high refresh 1440p panel. There's no HDR involved, but that's almost a moot point on PC these days.VIEW DEAL
Alienware AW3420DW | 34-inch | 3440x1440 | 120Hz | $1,199.99 $1,010.39 at Amazon
This Alienware panel is one of the best ultrawide screens around, though has always been at a rather unpalatable price. Still, at over a grand it's a lot to spend on a screen, but with an IPS panel capable of running at 120Hz, a curve that will wrap your games around you, and a 1440p high res it's got the goods for sure.VIEW DEAL
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BLACK FRIDAY TV DEALS
LG CX 55-Inch OLED TV | $1,799 $1,396.99 at Amazon
We found the 48-inch model to be the best TV for gaming, and this one is both bigger and cheaper right now. If you've been waiting to make the plunge into OLED territory, now is the time to jump.
Sony Bravia A9G | OLED| 55-inch | $2,499.99 $1,899.99 at Best Buy
Unless you have a vast lounge a 55-inch 4K TV is the sweet spot for big-screen televisions, and OLED is the perfect panel technology for such a beast. It's also a great technology for gaming, delivering impeccable contrast and HDR. And with $600 off this Sony OLED it's below $2,000 right now.VIEW DEAL
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BLACK FRIDAY SSD DEALS
WD Black SN750 SSD | 500GB | $249.99 $134.99 at Amazon
This 1TB PCIe SSD will deliver high-end storage performance, with a serious gobbet of game storing capacity. It's not going to hit the heights of PCIe 4.0 drives, but you'll struggle to find a comparative option with the space on offer to this WD SSD.VIEW DEAL
Samsung 970 EVO SSD | 500GB | $99.99 $69 at Amazon (31% off)
You'd probably want a 1TB drive, but if you can't stretch that far a 500GB NVMe drive is still absolutely better than not having one. Especially when it's a speedy Samsung offering. This is a decent price for a half terabyte drive, and you'll struggle to find a slower SATA drive that's much cheaper.VIEW DEAL
Crucial P1 | 1TB | $104.99 $94.49 at Amazon (10% off)
Let's be clear, while it is an NVMe SSD, the Crucial P1 is not in the same league as a Samsung version, but that said it's still hugely quicker than any SATA drive any manufacturer can offer. And at under $100 it's a whole lot of speedy storage for not a whole lot of actual cash.VIEW DEAL
Samsung 970 EVO SSD | 1TB | $179.99 $148.66 at Amazon
No longer matching the price of the 1TB WD Black SSD, the slightly faster Samsung SSD is still a decent price right now. It's not strictly an Amazon Black Friday deal, but because Best Buy's sale has some quality SSDs with a discount Amazon is matching it.VIEW DEAL
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WHEN IS BLACK FRIDAY 2020?
Black Friday itself falls on November 27, 2020, and effectively carries through the weekend into Cyber Monday on November 30, 2020. We expect the likes of Amazon will hold back certain key deal until this final weekend, though, as I pointed out earlier, you will find the whole dealsgasm going on throughout the month.
There is, however, the issue of shipping. With so much pressure on the delivery infrastructure a lot of retailers are looking to spread things out far more than even we expected, hence the early deals already on the books. If you want to guarantee your Christmas presents arrive before the holidays, then doing your shopping in November makes a lot of sense.
And that makes for a lot of shopping time.
What can I expect discounts on this Black Friday 2020?
When it comes to PC gaming we're expecting you'll be able to find discounts on pretty much every facet of your rig this year. Traditionally it's a great time to keep an eye out for gaming laptop deals, with companies keen to clear older, but still high-quality, stock before the end of the year and new generations are released.
There may also be some deals on the best gaming PCs over the month too, for the same reason. A new generation of Nvidia Ampere and AMD RDNA 2 graphics cards, as well as AMD Zen 3 processors, will be shipping before the year end, and that means last-gen machines might get their final hurrah.
It also means the best graphics cards of the existing GeForce and Radeon generations, which are mostly still available in the shops, could see some meaty discounts too. I would expect that, most especially, AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs will be the key components to receive stellar deals throughout November.
The price of memory, and therefore the best SSDs, is in a bit of a freefall state right now, and that bodes well for some tasty deals this Black Friday. Again, we're expecting the PCIe 4.0 generation of solid state drives to really push on going into 2021, with new memory controllers and the first next-gen Samsung drive dropping soon, so we expect to see existing PCIe 3.0 SSDs getting their own suite of discounts too.
The gaming monitor market has been mildly stagnant over the last year, but traditionally you'll find Black Friday a good time to be looking for either a straight monitor or for a big-screen 4K TV for gaming.
The PC peripheral market too goes into overdrive around Black Friday, and so the likes of Logitech and Razer are bound to be slashing prices on their existing stock of gaming keyboards, gaming headsets, and the not-so humble gaming mouse.
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What should I avoid buying on Black Friday 2020?
Basically anything you don't need. It's distressingly easy to be duped into dropping cash on something just because there's a hefty discount attached to it… even though you have absolutely no use for it.
If you're considering making a purchase around Black Friday we would absolutely recommend going into November with a plan of attack. That probably sounds needlessly aggressive, but you need to know what you actually want to buy first or you'll end up with no end of crap.
Cheap crap, maybe, but crap nonetheless.
Do some research on the products you'd like to pick up in the sales, and maybe some alternatives in case those don't pop up, and set yourself a strict budget too.
Products like graphics cards and processors have obvious tiers (though the different companies work damned hard to make product names as confusing as possible), and SSDs have rated speeds, but for peripherals it's tougher to tell from the specs whether they're worth the money. Checking for reviews, from such luminaries as ourselves, should guide you on your way, and also checking price trackers such as CamelCamelCamel will let you know if a deal's more than just skin deep.