My thanks to Sparrow for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed to promote their brand-new version for the iPhone. It’s a full-fledged alternative to iOS’s built-in Mail app, and it’s really quite remarkable. On the practical side, it’s loaded with features that make reading and writing email efficient. Just one example: swipe on a message in a message list to reveal a shortcut bar of actions for that message — very reminiscent of the way most popular Twitter apps for iPhone work. On the look-and-feel side, the UI is extremely polished, with a delightful attention to detail.
Federico Viticci’s review at MacStories delves into the whole UI in great detail. For a quick overview, you can’t beat Sparrow’s own demo video. Writing an email client is no small undertaking, let alone writing a good one. I don’t hesitate to call Sparrow one of the most ambitious and bold third-party iOS apps I’ve ever seen. Buy Sparrow for $3 on the App Store.
★ Saturday, 17 March 2012