Most of us would be hard pressed to fill up all the fingers on one hand with the name of Mac email applications. Mail. Thunderbird. Outlook (from Microsoft). And… now the list becomes a bit more difficult.
Why would a developer choose to bring yet another email app to market, when Mail, Thunderbird, and Microsoft’s Outlook would appear to have every feature you could want and need? The barrier to entry is there. Those three have all the features anyone could ever want. The only thing they lack is simplicity.
Minimalist Email For Those Who Hate Email
After using Sparrow all week on my IMAP email accounts, I can’t think of a single reason why you need it unless you hate email. Sparrow is easy, simple, well organized, useful, and easily adapted to as something that helps rather than hinders.
First, it’s IMAP. That means non every email account you may have will work with Sparrow. But those that do, IMAP (think Gmail, MobileMe), work flawlessly. All your email messages remain on the mail server. Multiple accounts? Check. Threaded conversations? Check. Multiple window panes? Check. Growl notifications? Check. Drafts? Check. Minimize Sidebar? Check.
Anything else? Not much. Sparrow feels light and simple and quick. My Mac’s Mail is loaded with dozens of folders to organize email messages. The Toolbar is packed with feature options. Sparrow looks and feels like a modern Mac app, but without all the heaviness.
Preferences are self explanatory. Set up email composition options, add signatures, configure Facebook and CloudApp options.
Facebook and CloudApp? Yeah, the latter is unusual but has some functionality (share files online), but the former seems out of place.
Sparrow’s price is nominal, but if you’re looking for more features instead of fewer features, keep using Mail or Outlook or Thunderbird. It’s an email app you need only if you don’t need much, but don’t want bare bones, either.