Yahoo Mail for Android review: Simple and reliable e-mail client for Android

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The Good Yahoo Mail performs smoothly and comes with most of your basic e-mailing needs. It offers formatting tools that aren't available in other mobile mail clients and themes let you customize your visual experience.

The Bad Doesn't let you perform any actions (delete, star, or mark as unread, for instance) from the search results screen. You can't use your own photos for themes.

The Bottom Line Yahoo Mail is a reliable performer that makes it a snap to both read and fire off e-mails from your Yahoo account.


8.4 Overall
  • Setup 10
  • Features 8
  • Interface 8
  • Performance 10

Editors' note: This review was updated October 15, 2013, to cover the features added in the latest version.

With Yahoo Mail for Android, you can quickly access your Yahoo e-mail account (or multiple accounts) right from your mobile device. Altogether, the app is clean, user-friendly, and it includes some bonuses that make it feel very much like its desktop counterpart.

The first thing you'll notice about Yahoo Mail for Android is how much it looks and feels like its browser-based big brother. Formerly dressed in all purple, the mobile app now lets you pick a theme to serve as backdrop to your messages. As of now, there are over 30 themes to choose from, but it would be nice to be able to use a custom picture to adorn your inbox.

Most of Yahoo Mail's controls are tucked neatly into a nifty navigation panel that slides out from the left. From this panel, you can create new or access existing mail folders, switch accounts, and edit app settings. If you have any of Yahoo's other apps installed on your device (like Messenger, Weather, or Sports), the panel also includes shortcuts that can take you to them.

In the newest version of Yahoo Mail, messages are displayed as grouped "conversations." Similar to Gmail's threaded messages, Yahoo's conversations save you from having to jump out of a message to search for replies.

Yahoo Mail's new themes let you customize the look of your inbox. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

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