*(Via re/code) – Mobile email must be broken, because everyone’s trying to fix it.
Over the past year, numerous companies — Mailbox, Boxer, Evomail and Seed, to name just a few — have launched apps designed to make handling email on smartphones better and easier. Their argument is that, for a world that’s getting more mobile, it’s hard to do anything but just the basics (read messages, send quick replies) with the mail apps that come preloaded on our phones.
The latest company to try to solve the problem is Acompli. The San Francisco-based startup released its free iOS last week, and it also plans to offer an Android app in the next few months.
Unlike some solutions, like Mailbox, Acompli isn’t about helping you defer messages or reaching the elusive inbox zero. Instead, its goal is to allow you to do more right from your smartphone, rather than waiting until you get back to your desk. Acompli tries to accomplish this in several different ways.
First, it brings together your calendar and email, so you don’t have to switch between two apps to view your availability or schedule a meeting. Second, it organizes all your email attachments and files in a list, so they’re easily accessible and searchable. Lastly, Acompli keeps tabs on your most recent and important contacts, so they’re always just a tap or two away.
All of these features make Acompli one of the most robust email apps I’ve tested to date, but I have yet to make it my main email app. In reviewing Acompli, I really thought about how I use email on my phone — I mainly use it to check for any pressing issues I might have to deal with during off-hours, or when I’m away from my desk for a long time. Usually, I can handle most situations with a quick reply or phone call, and I can already do that with the iPhone’s Mail app, so I didn’t have much motivation to switch to a new app.
But everyone has different mobile email habits. And for busy professionals in need of a more capable mobile email solution, I’d recommend giving Acompli a try.
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