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Previously only available on the iPad, Evomail's iPhone client gets a running start with a simple, beautiful UI that feels right at home on the smaller screen – so much so that we wonder why the iPad version came first. Its interface is filled with visual flourishes we love about this new generation of email clients, with circular avatars, smooth animations, and crisp fonts that make it a joy to use, but a few stumbles stop it from being as good as it can be.
As you scroll through your inbox, a set of stripped-down buttons provides all of the actions you'll need. A clever menu of labels helps sort messages quickly, while a sharing button lets you text or tweet out links to your emails (if you ever need to do such a thing). But you don't need to open emails to quickly organize them; tapping and holding brings up a bar containing common actions, while a simple swipe to the left or right deletes and archives, respectfully.
When it comes to sending, Evomail has a unique approach, opting to show you all of your contacts rather than merely predicting as you type. Once you select your recipients, you'll be whisked away to a separate window that lets you focus on your words rather than who you're sending them to.
Unfortunately, Evomail doesn't have a unified inbox, so if you have more than one Gmail account, switching between them can be a little clunky. Also, since avatars are pulled from Google profiles rather than iPhone contacts, our inboxes were dotted with boring default images. We experienced a few crashes, but far more troubling was the erratic syncing; emails that were in our inboxes on other clients failed to show with regularity, and messages that turned up often took too long to arrive. However, we'll be willing to give it another shot if it gets IMAP support as planned.
The bottom line. Evomail is impeccably designed, but the slick interface can't fully mask some annoying shortcomings.
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later
Fantastic interface. Excellent use of gestures. Nice method for composing messages. Good organization tools.
No unified mailbox. Some crashes. Annoying syncing issues. Only for Gmail for now.