Will Sparrow Mail be short lived until Lion?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by NJRonbo, May 18, 2011.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Hello Everyone!

    Just discovered Sparrow Mail, and I have
    to confess, I am absolutely in love with it.

    Far more pleasurable to use than Apple Mail.

    I posted a question about using it in this thread.

    Here's the thing....

    As much as I plan continuing to use Sparrow,
    I think it has a limited shelf life.

    For those of you unaware, Apple has totally
    revamped Apple Mail for Lion. I have used
    the beta of Lion OS X and I can tell you that
    the new Apple Mail is amazing. In fact, it looks
    and works almost exactly like Sparrow Mail.

    So, as much of an improvement Sparrow has
    made on current Mail, I can only assume that
    people are going to switch back to Apple Mail
    once Lion is released.

    Of course, I could be wrong. I would love to
    see what things Sparrow can still do that Apple
    Mail cannot.
  2. fkhan3 macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2010
    I use Sparrow now over Apple Mail but even Sparrow has its limitations, I have found some issues with Yahoo IMAP setup. When I decide to upgrade to Lion, I will try out Apple Mail again.

    Sparrow dev team willl have to work lot harder if they want to be competitive against the new Apple Mail. Shelf life IMO will depend on developer's future vision and how well they integrate with new OS
  3. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Appreciated response.

    Just kind of wondering how Sparrow will be
    able to top the new Apple Mail.

    Still trying to figure out how to display the
    newest messages at the bottom of the list
    instead of the top. If you or anyone has an
    answer, please let me know.
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    As with most computer programs as ubiquitous as desktop e-mail clients, it is not up to one client or another to "top" anything. You seem to think that the Sparrow team is somehow honor-bound to win your loyalties. If you think Apple Mail is better, use Apple Mail. It really is that simple.
  5. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    No, that's your twisted assessment of
    what you think the point of my thread is.

    I just found it curious that Sparrow is
    working so hard to provide a better mail
    option than Apple, which currently, I agree
    it is.

    Meanwhile, Apple's upcoming mail client does
    exactly what Sparrow is doing, but probably

    It's more of a general observation with the
    goal of obtaining viewpoints from other Sparrow
    users that aren't filled with "who cares" and
    "Sparrow isn't bound to win loyalties."
  6. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    I too am loving sparrow right now and dropped Apple Mail for it. I have not had the honor of testing Lion but I am hearing good things.... If the new Mail has exchange support like the iPhone's Mail then that alone would make me go back.
  7. ufkdo macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2010
    I haven't used Sparrow because I love the simplicity of Apple Mail. But, I don't think sparrow will "die" after Lion, they have a lot of users and will not give up on them unless they do want more money :)
  8. Kenndac macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2003
    It seems you're downranking any post that disagrees with you, but here goes...

    I use Sparrow as my primary email client. I also use Lion as my primary OS at work. I don't think Sparrow is short-lived.

    While Lion's Mail is a lot better than Snow Leopard's Mail, it's not the same as Sparrow. Sparrow is designed to be a lightweight view of your email, while Mail is a fully-fledged email client complete with Rules, Smart Mailboxes, drag and drop, etc etc. Sparrow has none of these.

    What Sparrow excels at, and why I love it, is because it gives an almost Twitter-like simplicity to my email. I can see an email come in, type my succinct reply (emails at work are never that wordy, one of the etiquette rules at my workplace) inline without having to bring up yet another window, hit send and be on with my work in a few seconds.

    While Mail is fast, its design requires a context switch as I switch to the app, generate a new window to reply, then switch away from it - it's terribly destructive to my flow. Sparrow lives in the menu bar and has a lovely compact UI which means it can pop in and out much less destructively.

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