Alternative Mail Client Sparrow Arrives on iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Sparrow, a popular alternative mail client on OS X, has arrived on the iPhone.
    Sparrow for iPhone makes extensive use of swipes to help power users navigate the app quickly, a unified inbox, and top-notch Gmail support.

    The app is missing some features considered essential to any email app. By far the most important is push notifications. Sparrow has a special page explaining why the app doesn't have push, along with a notification list where users can sign up to receive an email if push notifications are added to the app. Also missing is support for POP email accounts -- Sparrow only works with IMAP accounts like Gmail, iCloud, AOL, or any custom IMAP account.

    Aside from those limitations, the app has been well received, with positive reviews from MacStories, The Verge, and The Next Web.

    Sparrow for iPhone is available for $2.99 on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Alternative Mail Client Sparrow Arrives on iPhone
  2. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    No push is a deal breaker. App looks great though. I'll wait until it has push (if ever).

    I wish Apple would provide a way for 3rd party apps like this to replace stock apps. It's the same reason I don't use 3rd party camera apps: I can't get to them quickly from the home screen. Wish they would provide an API for it where an app needs to meet certain requirements to replace a stock app, and then socket it into place throughout the system.
  3. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
  4. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
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    I never understood the need for third party email applications. You can't replace the stock app, so now I have two mail apps going off constantly. Plus everytime I go to email something to someone it will just bring up the stock email app anyway. What does sparrow do that the stock app doesn't do? If anything it seems like you're paying $2.99 for a diff design and a lack of features; no support for certain email formats, and no push notifications.
  5. OriginalMacRat macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    If you want to be annoyed by push notifications, just use the built in iOS mail client.

    Sparrow is a nice light weight app for viewing IMAP accounts when you need to.
  6. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    You can largely replace the stock Mail app: just remove or disable all mail accounts in the stock app, and it will no longer get mail or notify you. (Or, simply set it to check manually only, and disable its badges.) Toss the Mail app in a folder somewhere with Stocks and Game Center, and put Sparrow in your dock.

    However, that one last problem remains: when an app creates an email (like game invitations, data backups, shared photos) it uses Mail. You might want to keep one account in Mail for that reason, then copy-paste any app-generated emails from there into Sparrow. Or even simpler: just let Mail handle app-generated emails (what’s the harm?) and use Sparrow for writing your OWN emails, and for receiving.

    (For web page email links, maybe someone could make a bookmarklet that finds email addresses on the page and opens them in Sparrow. All Sparrow needs is a custom URI scheme, which it probably already has.)

    Now, it isn’t worth it for me—I like the Mail app. But if you like Sparrow, you can replace Mail—mostly.
  7. outphase macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    Camera+ is getting there with apps like TweetBot and WordPress now able to use Camera+ for taking photos.
  8. Munkypoo7 macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2011
    Hanover, MD
  9. highdough macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2008
    My biggest beef with the iOS email is the absence of a junk mail folder and rules. I don't like getting email on it because I don't like wading through hundreds of emails that are 95% junk.
  10. John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
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    No Yahoo email account support?
  11. rezzo, Mar 15, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012

    rezzo macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2006
    From the Sparrow for iPhone site:
    Sparrow supports all IMAP accounts:
    Gmail, iCloud, MobileMe, AOL, Yahoo and any custom IMAP account.
    (Warning: POP accounts are not supported (hotmail, MSN, Live...)
  12. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    Do I have to have a paid yahoo account for me to be able to get my Yahoo mail? I know it works with Mail in iOS but it doesn't work with Mail on my mac so I just wanted to make sure. Maybe yahoo offers free email for a client but only for the smartphones.

    The other thing that's preventing me from buying is that Apple doesn't allow you to switch default apps for email. That means mail on iOS will continue to be the default and every time I try to mail a link to someone, I first have to close the default Mail window that opens up and then switch to sparrow. It's a hassle to be honest.
  13. glap1922 macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2009
    3 bucks for no push is a bad deal. I have been looking forward to this app for a while, but no way am I spending cash on an app with no push. The stock mail app doesn't work well with gmail folders and starred emails, and the gmail app is just plain bad. What a shame.
  14. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    I can live without push email. I got tired of the phone going off all the time from new messages and decided to switch to manual. Now I don't have to be bothered until I'm ready to check my mail.
  15. DoghouseMike macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2011

    Checking email when you have the time/desire/attention (ie decide to) to is so much better than letting some notification widget tell you when you should be doing something. Highly recommend this.
    Also stops it going off when you're trying to sleep, have a meal, other things.
    Like others have said, it'd be nice to be able to set default apps though, my "bin" folder is now full :/
  16. TheOriginalKi macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2011
    Ah man I got excited and would have paid for this now for both my iPhone AND Mac if the iPhone app had push. I'll stick with stock for now as I value push over Gmail labels...
  17. John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch

  18. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2007
    Bristol, England
    I suspect they'll have push soon enough,

    In the mean time, I have the main mail app giving me push notifications, and I simply open the sparrow app to read the mails...

    I hope iOS6 lets you change some default apps, I would also like to see a way to force certain URL types to use an app, like any url should open in Tweetbot, not safari. in the amazon app, not safari

    (and yes, I have sent feedback to apple, rather than just complaining on a forum)
  19. Stonefly macrumors regular


    Dec 26, 2009
    Nova Scotia
  20. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Looks good, I hope that IOS6 has more improvements to the mail and reminders app.
  21. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
  22. John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    I'd like separate email signatures, one per account. Can Sparrow do that?

    That is the one feature I've wanted since the day the 3GS came out...
  23. Flitzy Guest

    Oct 20, 2010
    Am I missing something?

    Why would you pay $3 for a Mail app when iOS comes with a built in one that works pretty darn well?
  24. Akarin macrumors 6502


    Oct 16, 2011
    Nyon, Switzerland
    I understand those saying that push is bad but as far as I'm concerned (and my workflow), I need push notifications for mail.
  25. w00master macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2002

    That's like asking why some prefer a 3rd part mail app for the Mac. Here's one:

    Some of us really love the gmail feature set (like labels, etc.)

    It's also the reason why I *don't* use the Mac Mail app either. I use Sparrow.


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