Incredimail for iPad review: Excellent e-mail browsing on a touch screen

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The Good Incredimail has an excellent layout for browsing e-mail using a visual inbox. You can add multiple accounts, see previews in your inbox, and swipe to read e-mail on your iPad.

The Bad The Facebook photo inbox is a neat idea, but it lacks commenting features and requires that you allow Incredimail to post to your Facebook wall.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for an elegant way to browse e-mail on your iPad, Incredimail offers a unique solution, and makes reading e-mail more fun and efficient than other e-mail clients.


8.2 Overall
  • Setup 9
  • Features 8
  • Interface 9
  • Performance 8

Incredimail is an elegant way to manage your e-mail on the iPad. You start by signing in to your e-mail accounts and Incredimail gives you a brief tutorial to show you the major features of the app. The app has full IMAP support so you can add your Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, or any other IMAP accounts. A menu button in the upper left lets you quickly switch accounts, and you can also filter by categories within an inbox to look at starred messages, drafts, sent messages, and other mail you have assigned filters.

The beauty of Incredimail is all about the inbox, and I quickly understood why the app was made for iPad and has no version for smaller screens. E-mails are displayed with included images in two columns. There are never more than about eight e-mails displayed on the page, but you can simply swipe to the left to "turn the page" and see the next group of e-mails. In the main inbox screen each e-mail gives you the subject, an image (if there is one), and a preview. You can swipe up and down within an e-mail pane in the inbox to read more of the preview or perform quick actions to reply, forward, mark as read, favorite, or delete. Touching an e-mail brings you to a full-screen view. The inbox is gives you more information than other e-mail clients, and the layout and colorful images really breath life into an otherwise mundane task.

Writing e-mails in Incredimail is simple and elegant as well. Six included types of stationary let you give your messages a unique look -- as long as you don't overdo it. The stationary will definitely be useful, with some that give your message a more festive look for party invites, for example, but it also seems like anyone who used them frequently might have their mail mistaken for spam.

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