★ Sparrow Mail for Mac OSX - my growing email obsession.

Posted on March 30, 2011

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I recently decided to try out Sparrow for Mac OSX while I patiently wait for the new OSX Mail client to be released. I'll admit, at first I was skeptical. The first thing i tried doing was giving it to my wife. She didn't like it because she said “it looked too complicated”. I completely understand that actually. Not having button labels is actually the reason I don't use Reeder for my news client.

Even so, Sparrow has grown on me. While I don't feel it's ready for to serve as a full replacement to Thunderbird or Postbox, it's actually pretty close. Here are a few items I wish it had:

  • Ability to set colored flags for IMAP mail (similar to the way you can do it with google mail).
  • Unified Inbox

Sparrow does have a lot of great features, and it definitely worth checking out.

It's simplistic view for the Inbox and Starred messages make it a pleasure to use. It's really close to becoming a full mail replacement. So close, in fact, that I find myself switching back to it in-between my Postbox sessions. I realize that Sparrow is the new kid on the block, but if it wants to compete with Apple's upcoming mail client, it has to keep moving at a lightning pace.

Overall, I give it a 3.5/5
(note: that I know my requested features are currently in development, and once they are ready for prime time, I will bump my rating to a 5/5).




  • olearymo says:

    I absolutely love Sparrow, however, after the most recent update (1.1) it has been *thrashing* my hard drive. Like, every few minutes, my iMac’s HDD will just grind like nuts, writing, writing, writing, writing, writing, stop… then a few minutes later, same thing.

    Ran fseventer and found it was Sparrow doing it. Close Sparrow, no issues… but no email!

    Have you noticed this at all?

  • james says:


    I too loved Sparrow, having found it whilst in Beta then buying it from the Mac App Store.

    But the constant trashing has made it unusable for me – I can’t stand the noise! It has turned my quiet iMac into a loud & clunky machine. I give it a try with every new update and it still doesn’t seem fixed (as of 1.1.2).

    messages.db-journal is being updated constantly, it seems. even though I’m not doing anything. I presume it is some sort of caching activity, but it hinders rather than helps.

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