Because Apple makes it, Mail is for everybody. But it’s not for
everybody. Apple designed it to serve the masses, and if you want
more–or less–from your email client, Apple Mail may not suit you.
Maybe its old-school approach to mail, lifted from classic mail
clients like Eudora and NeXTMail, just doesn’t fit the modern
emailer. Maybe you want deep links to productivity apps on your
Mac that Mail just won’t provide. Or maybe you’re just tired of
being in a dysfunctional relationship with Mail.
All told, we looked at nine different challengers to Mail, each of
which brings its own clever spin on how to process or display
email. The best of the bunch is Mailbox, which simplifies mail
into a set of tasks, allows you to defer messages until a later
time, makes filing messages simple, takes advantage of trackpad
gestures, and works with an excellent iOS app counterpart.
I tried Mailbox when it first came out, but it didn’t stick. I’m thinking maybe I should give it another shot, now that there’s a Mac counterpart. As Snell points out, it’s one of those apps where you kind of have to go all-in with it.