I'm based in the UK and with the introduction of this new Investigatory Powers Bill I've been looking for an alternative to using my custom gmail address to reduce the amount of personal data that will be readily accessible to government departments.
I've come across Proton that is based in Switzerland and data is only disclosed to the Cantonal Courts of Geneva or the Swiss Federal Supreme Court and the user is notified of such activity.
Same goes for Fastmail
We do not participate in, or co-operate with, any kind of blanket surveillance or monitoring. (We also point out that Australia does not have any equivalent to the US National Security Letter, so we cannot be forced to do something without being allowed to disclose it.)
Whereas the likes of Spark Mail are openly subjected to –
We respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims. We transfer your information in the event a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or sale or transfer of some or all of our assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding and you agree to and do hereby consent to our assignment or transfer of rights to your personal information.
Furthermore AirMail is also running analytics service Bit Stadium Gmbh which happens to be a Microsoft product.
Great points here, thanks for the pull quotes on their individual protocols.
You're welcome Josh. Hope you find them useful.
There are so many email apps these days that all basically do the same thing. I've tried so many and just stick with Google Inbox for now.
It made me laugh though seeing an [Airmail] folder in the demo.
…and Mailbox. My sweet, sweet Mailbox app. RIP.
Anyone know how this is sustained? Spark looks like it's free to use.
Considering most Readdle apps are paid, this surprised me as well.
They've mentioned it on twitter before, and recently on Product Hunt – it seems like the next version of Spark will include team-collaboration features under some sort of subscription while keeping personal use free.
Oh nice catch!
It's beautiful, no doubt.
But is it better than Airmail? Within 5 minutes of using it I'm staring at my Inbox and I have to read the names of the Senders to distinguish each one. The way Airmail includes an icon for each Sender is enormously useful when you're receiving high volumes of emails – being able to quickly scan your inbox to find something is essential for those who use their inboxes as to-do lists.
Add to that a very long and tiered folder structure for all the clients, which Arimail automatically differentiates with coloured icons, and it makes it easier to find things and sort them.
I'm all for a nice a clean design, but not at the expense of productivity.
However, this completely blows Polymail out of the water.
Great app and I tried it today for the first time and I'm making it my default email app.
Does anyone know why it's free? Will they be charging later down the road like Nylas?
Been using the beta for about a week now, and it's grown on me. Closer to Sparrow than anything we've had before.
I've been using Superhuman for a while now and while Spark is good, it's still not good enough to pry me away. Superhuman only works in Chrome as of right now, but hopefully they'll get a native wrapper going soon.
I've been enjoying the Spark iOS app for a while now and am excited that there's a Mac app. I have noticed one little pain point and that's in the reading pane. Sometimes, more not than often, when I try to scroll down to see the rest of the email it gets stuck and I have to scroll up to get it unstuck. Just a minor glitch in an otherwise stable app.
Looks really good! I'm going to give it a try, I was a heavy Sparrow user and fan, lets see how close this one comes!
This app, and it's marketing, look fantastic. Bravo my friends, bravo.
I've tried the iOS app a few times, but keep gravitating back toward Outlook. I also question the free thing. I hope they won't pull a CloudMagic and all of a sudden decide to charge a ridiculous fee with no warning.
They've had Spark for iOS for years without charging. Not sure what their end-game is though. Hopefully they don't sell it to a large corporation who will then kill it.
That does seem like it might be the end game.
Just downloaded the iOS app after seeing the desktop app. I get annoyed by a lack of margin on the sides. If emails don't use them themselves it doesn't read well so close to the edge of the screen.
I wonder why they use a custom font on the iOS app. On macOS it looks like they picked SFUI which I think is a lot better for email.
Is it better than Airmail? I kinda love it, but the search is really slow. Is spark better?
I love Airmail as well, but it's too slow, which is my frustration as well.
I downloaded Spark at am giving it a try. Seems to be faster.
Also interested to know. I moved away from Spark (to Airmail) when it was only available on iOS. Now considering if I should switch back.
For me it's not so much the slow search but HOW search works in Airmail. It worked fine in v2 (with the well known dropdowns and bubbles in the search field), but they completely revamped it in v3 and now I have no idea how to find stuff anymore.
That's why I switched to Spark, search works as expected.
How is Spark versus Polymail? Anyone tried both?
Spark blows Polymail out of the water. I've used both. WAY better. It really does feel very close to Sparrow in experience, execution, and polish.
In that case I better try it out!
How about versus Nylas?
Nylas runs on Electron and is SLOW. Spark is native and snappy. Also I would highly recommend trying to get into the beta of Superhuman. It blows all of these options out of the water by far and is web-based and fast as all get out.
Yeah, I signed up for a Superhuman invite in the spring I think. It really does look promising. I'll take a look at Spark until it comes through! Thanks!
Haven't tried Superhuman, but having installed Polymail and Spark, i am starting to lean over to Spark.