★ 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).




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