In the summer of 2015, I reviewed MailDroid on behalf of Android Social Media. You can read my review of this comprehensive email app here. MailDroid has been around since 2009 and benefits from years of ongoing development. I liked the app in 2015: MailDroid proved itself to be fast, reliable with plenty of features. In the Android world, two years is a long time, but Flipdog Solutions, MailDroid’s developer, has continually evolved their IMAP idle mail client. Let’s take a look to see what’s changed.
The good news is that Flipdog’s MailDroid is still the highly configurable and fully featured email client that I know and love. The interface has been given a nip and tuck since 2017 and now there are even more options for changing the look and layout of the application when reading or composing emails. These include the option to use avatar checkboxes rather than the traditional option and a new dark mode, perfect for using on an AMOLED-equipped device to minimize battery use. Flipdog Solutions has made good use of the space available, especially on a tablet. The developer has also increased the number of email providers supported with automatic settings and to make life easier, there’s built-in oAuth2 support for Gmail, Outlook / Hotmail, AOL, and Yahoo; the latter two being difficult to achieve, so credit to the company for this! Customers with FastMail and GMX accounts are also catered for, plus all manner of consumer and corporate Microsoft accounts such as Hotmail, MSN, through to Office 365 and Exchange. If direct email account support isn’t included there’s the ability to add it via manually using POP3, IMAP or Exchange details.
The app includes comprehensive support for notifications via the “Notification Channel” feature, which supports different profiles for sound, vibration, the notification icon and the LED. These may be configured to keep things quiet at night, for example, and check more or less frequently depending on the day, time and network type. There are also many customizable connection settings, meaning with some setting up, the application can save battery power by checking less frequently during offpeak hours or over a cellular connection. You can even tell the application when to wake the device to check for email and when to let it sleep.
Flipdog Solutions has also included support for a number of third party applications, including the Apex and Nova launchers, Dashclock widget and Lightflow LED control application. There’s built-in support for Sanebox and a spam plugin to use, which helps keep the inbox clear (and is free to use if you introduce MailDroid to a friend). If you need to print, MailDroid supports both the Android Print and HP ePrint solutions: it’s great to see Android apps cooperating with one another!
When it comes to working with email, one new and great feature is the ability to snooze a message, meaning that it will disappear from your inbox to arrive at a given point in the future. This is great for making sure you do not forget about something but you don’t need to work on it at that precise moment and something also found in the Google Inbox. It’s possible to unsubscribe from email lists using the app as well rather than hunting for the “unsubscribe” line. There are new batch commands for processing, copying and moving email around between folders or even different accounts and for those “accidental send” mistakes, there’s a configurable delay between hitting send and the message actually being sent. Signatures can be added as HTML code and you can have MailDroid automatically send replies using a rule-based system. Finally, MailDroid can be password protected and Flipdog has included support for a fingerprint scanner, too.
Customers upgrading to the Pro version have configurable quick actions selected from the notification: there are around seven options to pick, and three can be included in the notification drop-down. Flipdog has also made it an easier process to upgrade from the standard to the Pro version, too, as the application now more elegantly handles transferring settings from the free and premium versions.
Google has made it very easy to only use the Gmail application on an Android device, as the application easily supports most email accounts available today. And whilst there’s nothing wrong with this approach, MailDroid shows that an Android email app can be as fully featured as a desktop email client. I should also add that MailDroid works great out of the box with minimal set-up required and it’s still quicker than the stock Gmail application to notify you of an incoming email. For the customer wanting to configure and tweak the settings to get the absolutely perfect email client for his or her device, it’s hard to go wrong with MailDroid. Check out the gallery below, the developer website here and the Google Play Store link too.