My Galaxy Tab was running Android 3.1 since I bought it. The included EMail client (not the GMail APP) was fine for me. Not as comfortable as a real desktop EMail client (I use Sylpheed-Claws), and not as good as my webmail interface (Horde/IMP), but OK to handle 100 – 300 EMails a day. I liked the split into day/week/month in the list-view for the EMails, being able to select a whole day (and deselect a subset) for quick actions (delete/move).
Yesterday I updated the Tab to Andorid 3.2. While there is now a nice transparence effect available in some places, and the Play-Store has a different user-interface, the big difference for me is, that the behavior of the EMail client changed. When I view a message the message-list moves the message-list in a way that the selected message is in the first position of the message-list. This is annoying, and I have not found a setting how to change this. This way I can not view the last displayed message, select it (or not), view the second last, select it … and so on … and then delete all message at once.
I also noticed that the folder-list is moving. I have not noticed a specific pattern, but when I return to the folder-list I found the incoming folder being the first one displayed, even if I was in a folder several pages down. This is annoying too.
Well… this gave the opportunity to have a look at other EMail clients. The first one was K-9 Mail. The first bad impression was, that the boxes to select EMails are too small. I select a lot of EMails to either delete them directly (a subset of version control commit logs), or to move them to a different folder. It is a nice app, but as I need to select a lot, it is not really suitable for my workflow.
For the next app, MailDroid, I did not had the possibility to accept the self-signed certificate of my IMAP-server, so I deleted it immediately.
The next app was Melwin Mail (trial version). It is based upon K-9 Mail. The message-selector boxes are bigger, but the mesasge-list does not display the full subject. This does not allow me to see if I can delete the EMail unread or not. I also did not find a way to enlarge the message-list to see more of the subject (and I want to have the font-size not too small). Well… this means it is not suitable too.
I also wanted to look at Kaiten. It is based upon K-9 Mail too. Unfortunately I do not find a trial version. Based upon my experience with Melwin Mail, I do not want to pay for something, I may not want to use. On the website I do not see a link to screenshots or similar, only a change-log.
All the “best EMail app” postings/articles I was able to find (and have a look at) told that K-9 Mail, is the best free one, and a lot of people recommend Melwin Mail or Kaiten. I can not agree for my workflow. EMail apps have to go a long way until they reach a niveau which allows to handle more than a handful of mails per day and a not so simple workflow like “read all EMails as they flow in”.
Based upon this, I switched back to Android 3.1 on my Tab. While the included EMail client is not perfect (e.g. I can not select all EMails at once in search-results), it is still better suited than what I have seen so far.
Unfortunately I can not really test 4.0.x on my Tab, the camera does not work in community-based Android 4.0.x versions, and I do not want to miss the possibility to do a video-call with my deaf brother.
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Tags: email clients
, first position
, folder list
, horde imp
, imap clients
, imap server
, incoming folder
, quick actions
, webmail interface
Things I do not like with Android, and what I would expect instead.
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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, folder hierarchy
, folder structure
, long tap
, unread message
Today I was looking into the OpenSource licenses which are displayed for Android (2.3.4). There are several files which come with a BSD license.
During looking at it, I noticed that the libm has the copyright of several FreeBSD people. I did not had an in-deep look if this is because they took the FreeBSD libm, or if this is because parts of the FreeBSD libm where adopted by other BSD projects.
What I noticed is, that some special characters are not displayed correctly. For example the name Dag-Erling Smørgrav looks mangled in the display of the license inside the phone (I hope it is displayed better in my blog). His name is not the only problem case, there are also other characters which are not rendered as expected.
This does not really look professional.
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, bsd license
, bsd projects
, free bsd
, problem case