Nov 24th, 2013

CloudMagic InboxI’ve got a confession to make: I still have a Yahoo! Mail account. You know how it goes, you’re young and stupid, typically choose a cool (soon to be lame) username, and end up giving it to some very important contacts. Contacts you want to maintain possibly for the rest of your life.

I don’t particularly use the account, and I don’t even remember the last time I needed to sign in. But whenever I think of it, there’s a bit of me that is worried for a simple reason: I don’t keep the account connected on my phone. The reason for that is I haven’t been a fan of any of the E-mail apps out there. And, to make matters worse, Yahoo! never managed to get their mobile web app right.

To my delight, I came across CloudMagic while browsing through XDA Developers. What struck me immediately was, simply put, the complete neatness of the app. Every font size was perfect, the shades of colors used in every area very carefully chosen. My immediate reaction was that this is what OEMs should look at when they build the E-mail apps that are shipped with their phones. CloudMagic follows the Android guidelines to a tee, and the result is an app that is amazingly intuitive.

The app supports Gmail/Google apps, Office 365, Yahoo!, Outlook, iCloud, Exchange and IMAP accounts, so it’s very unlikely that you aren’t covered. You are limited to adding only three accounts, though, which the developer says is because

CloudMagic creates a high performance index of your emails on the cloud to offer blazing fast search on mobile. We incur high server costs, hence the restriction.

CloudMagic conversation viewThe conversation view is very Gmail-like and a decent search is built in. You can set a passcode to protect your mails, but the best feature of all is the ability to set reminders by long-pressing the favorite-button, so as to get back to an important mail. On the whole, though, the app reminded me how good Gmail really is. I’ve grown highly accustomed to Gmail’s new inbox, which has helped cut down notifications tremendously. While the folders are available within CloudMagic, there’s no way, at least right now, to customize when notifications should be fired.

If you’re on the look for a non-Gmail E-mail app, I highly recommend giving CloudMagic a try.

[XDA-Developers Forums, Google Play]