Alexander Leidinger

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Oct
27

Android Wish­list: The EMail-App

Things I do not like with Android, and what I would expect instead.

The EMail-App

 This is about the nor­mal EMail App on a stock Android 3.1, not about GMail. The con­nec­tion is via IMAP.

  • By default the most recent EMail is on top. If I switch to oldest-first order, the old­est EMail is shown when enter­ing a folder. I want to see the most recent one. If I let the most-recent order, I see directly the newest mes­sages, but when I read the old­est unread mes­sage and delete it, the more old mes­sage is dis­played, instead of the more recent one. KMail is doing this bet­ter (it is able to go “up” instead of only “down” to go to the more recent mes­sage when the most recent mail is sorted on top), but in KMail I can not select mul­ti­ple mes­sages as easy as with the nor­mal EMail App (it seems I have to long-tap on a mail and then tell to select the EMail, and just then I can just quickly tab on the very small area on the left of the sub­ject to select more EMails).
  • Select­ing mes­sages could also be improved. When I select sev­eral mes­sages, and then — by acci­dent — enter a mes­sage and want to go back, the first “go back” uns­e­lects all mes­sages and the sec­ond “go back” goes back to the folder-view. I would like to go back directly to the folder-view, instead of uns­e­lect­ing all messages.
  • The folder-view itself is also not nice. I have a lot of fold­ers. IMAP sub­fold­ers are sep­a­rated by a dot, e.g. FreeBSD.arch and FreeBSD.mul­ti­me­dia are the sub­fold­ers arch and mul­ti­me­dia in the folder FreeBSD. Each desk­top EMail pro­gram I used so far was intel­li­gent enough to cre­ate a folder-hierarchy out of this, with the pos­si­bil­ity to col­lapse the dis­play of all sub­fold­ers of FreeBSD (I have a lot there, not only those 2) into one entry. If I want to field some­thing in my hier­ar­chi­cal folder struc­ture, I have to scroll a long list of fold­ers, instead of just (auto-)opening (dur­ing drag&drop) the cor­rect hierarchy.
  • I do not find an option to tell that the App shall have a look at more than the default inbox to look for new mes­sages. If I want to know if there is a new mes­sage in one of the other fold­ers, I must have a look into the folder(s).
  • It looks like I can only pro­duce TOFU-replies, I have not found a way to do a proper interleaved-style reply.
  • The error mes­sages when set­ting up an out­go­ing (and I assume incom­ing) server are too brief for my taste. As a default it is OK, but there should be an option to enable more verbose/technical error mes­sages for those which are able to under­stand them.
  • It does not option­ally save send mails to a spe­cific (con­fig­urable) folder.
  • It does not allow to cryp­to­cally sign mes­sages (at the moment I do not really care if it is via S/MIME or via PGP).
  • I also would like to tab with two fin­gers, and the text in-between is selected (not only in the EMail-App).
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