Gmail has long been one of the best email providers and has a number of great features that mean it’s likely to stay that way for a while to come. From great security options, to convenient email management and a plethora of useful plugins and add-ons, there are few options that come close to the power of Google’s offering.
But of course you won’t always want to head to the browser every time you want to check or compose an email. Having a good client for your desktop makes it much quicker and easier to keep tabs on your email, it facilitates multitasking and it lets you see all your different accounts in one place.
But for the Mac users out there, what are the best options for a decent email client?
Unfortunately, Apple’s own Mail App for OS X is known to be somewhat finicky when it comes to pushing emails from Google. This is a pain but fortunately there are several alternatives that work a lot better.
Here are some of the best ones…
MailPlane has the best all-round features and performance of pretty much any OS X email client when it comes to Gmail. This is a client that is very easy to configure and set-up and that just works – even with multiple accounts. It will reliably push Gmail messages to your Mac and you’ll be able to ensure you can respond quickly without taking your eyes away from the screen to route for your phone in your pocket.
The interface is clean and it looks good – a lot like Google’s web interface in fact but with bigger icons for rapid navigation.
The only downside is that MailPlane is essentially just a wrapper. That means it lacks some of the polish you’d get from a more traditional client. It’s also a little pricey at $24.95 for a single user.
But if you like Gmail’s interface, this is a great option and you’ll know exactly what you’re getting!
CloudMagic is another email client with an aversion to the space bar… This time you get a more unique experience and a lot of custom and additional features.
One particularly cool thing for instance is that CloudMagic lets you combine all of your emails in one place and then synchronize them across multiple devices (OS X, iOS and Android).
It’s also super quick to set up and just like MailPlane, it’s one of those experiences that just works out of the box. You know how annoying it is when you’re left wondering why your emails aren’t coming through? There’s none of that.
Overall, CloudMagic is a great tool for simplifying your email experience and it’s cheaper than MailPlane too at just $19.99.
Unibox is perhaps the option that has the cleanest design that will feel the most familiar to Apple users. It’s very quick and easy to set up too like the other options on this list, though navigating your way around can be a bit more complicated at first.
That’s all down to just how minimalist everything is here. You’ll need to hunt around a little to find your emails and contacts and things don’t appear where you expect them to all the time. The thing is though that once you get used to it, it’s actually very intuitive and you may find yourself not wanting to go back!
Best of all, Unibox is the cheapest option from this list at just $9.99 at the Mac App store. And in case you’re on the fence, you can also get a free trial while you make up your mind!
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