I’ve been an advent Gmail user for the longest time. Email clients like Outlook, Thunderbird, and Sparrow tempted me, but only in the slightest. Outlook packed so many features that I’d probably never use or know existed. Thunderbird didn’t look great and proved difficult to set up. Sparrow fared the best but felt lacking and inflexible for my needs.
Probably the biggest reason I clung onto Gmail so tightly was my preference for accessing my email via my browser. I didn’t want the clutter of multiple windows being open. Plus, I didn’t want the distraction of a desktop app pinging me the moment an email arrived in my inbox.
About a week ago, I happened to come across Postbox. This wasn’t my first encounter though. I don’t recall what I didn’t like about the app then or why I chose to uninstall it. But for now, that is lost in time.
Right off the bat, Postbox made me realize how bad the Gmail interface really was. Gmail’s latest redesign brought about a more simplified look and feel, with an over-generous portioning of white space. Now, whenever I launch Gmail, it’s like visiting the bathroom no one ever uses because the janitors rarely clean it; I only go when I have no other choice and I spend as little time possible there.
I’m probably exaggerating a bit too much there, but the switch to Postbox made me realize what I was sorely missing this entire time. Don’t get me wrong. Gmail is still excellent option for the power user who spends countless hours organizing all of his emails by topic and creating hundreds of complex filters to handle any incoming messages. With Postbox, I can still do those types of things. The difference for me is that Postbox’s interface is inviting and is so intuitive to use. Gmail has fallen short in that arena, and because of that, I’ve made the switch over.
The other day, the folks at Postbox decided to lower the price of their app from $30 to $10 as a way to wring in potential new users from Thunderbird. I immediately jumped on it, making it one of the few Mac apps I’ve purchased thus far (1Password Pro and Alfred are some notable ones).
Anyhow, I highly recommend you check out Postbox. It’s a great email client and is worth more than its current $10 price tag.