Sparrow For iPhone Is Everything You Could Possibly Want In iOS E-Mail [Review]

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Sparrow for iOS definitely doesn't disappoint.
Sparrow for iOS definitely doesn't disappoint.

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  • Mike Shyu

    No exchange support, no push = deal breaker.

  • David Hemming

    No POP3 No Push No exchange No sale

  • James Beer

    Oh dear!

  • Postblogs

    Its like saying having no wheels on a car is a small sacrifice :)
    Sorry, no push/notifications, no Sparrow.

  • babdoc

    I’m just as not impressed by the iOS version as the OSX version. No push or notifications is a deal breaker. The native iOS mail app isn’t perfect but it’s pretty good. Plus, since you can’t delete native apps, why would I want a second mail app that’s no better than the one I didn’t have to pay extra for?

  • MacHead

    CoM making a mess in their jeans over this app is laughable…..it doesnt even tell you when you get a new email!!!! Thats priority number 1 for what email is supposed to do!

  • MacHead

    The reason to ignore the native mail.app is because using push notifications will extend battery life as opposed to having the mail.app fetch for new mail every 15 minutes. Atleast the Gmail app notifies you when you get new mail.

  • MacHead

    Sometimes I wonder if CoM gets a portion of sales revenue for promoting apps that are clearly not worth buying. 

  • Porkknights

    Can it handle nested labels from Gmail? MacOs version makes navigation cumbersome

  • fortninety

    Four and half stars for an email client that doesn’t do push? Seriously?

  • AdamTro

    Lack of POP makes this app worthless to me. Most of my accounts are POP with my domains. Is there a work around?

  • _rscohen_

    Will there be a version for the ipad?

  • facebook-599332987

    Is there any way to get landscape view? 

  • Barrett Jasper

    Does anyone know how to set Sparrow as the defaul email app so when I click an email link Sparow opens instead of the default mail app? Thanks.

  • mjoecups

    You are embarrassing.

  • David_Crake

    That’s what I’m wondering. Push really isn’t that big a deal to me, but I pretty much need landscape view to work.

  • MacRat

    Use the built in iOS mail client for POP accounts.

  • MacRat

    Get a Crackberry.

  • MacHead

    Nice sentence fragment buddy. Congrats on not making any sense. Why am I not surprised you are a liberal buffoon. Nice to see you have been working so hard to praise the Chevy Volt and Obama BAHAHA! Must be why its production was stopped….Now who’s embarrassing themselves. (see how my sentence was complete and made sense)

  • Shane Bryson

    This is a really stupid headline for the story considering Sparrow doesn’t support push, which is what MOST everyone wants.

  • venasque

    What a silly reply.  We can just stay with the included Mail app instead.

  • MacRat

    No, what is silly are the MBAs who think exchange servers are REAL e-mail servers.

  • morphorod

    I find Sparrow for iPhone to be very similar to the Gmail app for the iPhone. The same complaints that people had about that app (lack of notifications) is the same complaint most people have now. But another good point I read about was raised.

    Apple keeps close guard of background network activity for a reason. Allowing Sparrow or any app for that matter to circumvent those controls may very well open pandora’s box.

    Also, I really don’t like the icon itself. It seems too light. I liked some of the others that they were toying with before they settled on this one.

  • morphorod

    Thats coming a future update.

  • davidk

    What a ridiculous headline.  Everything You Could Possibly Want?  Except exchange support, or pop support, or push support, or iPad version, etc.

    Look i’m not slamming the Sparrow team, some of this is stuff they can’t control (Push) and some is prioritization of features (POP/Exchange/iPad).  It looks like a great V1 app, and worth a look if you don’t rely on those four things.  But EVERYTHING I could want?  No, not really.

  • Vincent

    Add NO ROTATION to landscape, to the list of deficiencies versus default Mail app.

  • Daniel Hertlein

    MIght be possible for jailbroken iPhones in the future, probably not otherwise. 

  • Daniel Hertlein

    Not understanding all teeth gnashing over lack of push and pop since the native app does do push and can’t be removed even if you want to. 
    If you have the sort of job that requires you to be constantly chained to email you could just rely on notification center to keep you on top of things in exactly the same way as you do now. Or, if you just really like seeing that red bubble with the number of messages in your inbox, you could just leave the native app where it is on the task bar and keep Sparrow off to the side. 
    Personally, I’d much rather have multiple signatures than push. And $3 for an app as elegant, feature rich, and easy to use as this one is a steal in my book. It really does make the native app seem clumsy and counterintuitive. 

  • Daniel Hertlein

    “You are embarrassing.” is not a sentence fragment, it’s a sentence. “Why am I not surprised you are a liberal buffoon.”and “Now who’s embarrassing themselves.” are both questions and should each have question marks at their ends. 

  • MacHead

    In what world is you are embarrassing a sentence? Embarrassing is a transitive verb so it requires both a subject and an object. You are embarrassing yourself. Thats a sentence, because it has a subject and an object. Get off your knees for Joe Cups. And my iPhone self punctuates. I dont have time in my day to worry if the phone uses the wrong punctuation. Im busy working paying for you two libtards to collect handouts you dont deserve.

  • Daniel Hertlein

    I was just trying to collect on a bet that you’d respond within 5 minutes, blame your own grammatical and sentence structuring transgressions on a mechanical device while also claiming that you were too important to worry about such things, bring politics into the conversation for no reason, and resort to gay slurs. You’re right about my politics, although the fact that I can afford to blow $3 for an email client that doesn’t do push means that you probably aren’t likely to be paying me handouts any time soon. Or not. 
    The next bet is how long you can go without paying someone to do a full-fledged background check on everyone who defended this app because your time is just that valuable. 

  • Dinnie Lim

    Tried it out on a friend’s phone. Lovely interface, well-designed. I especially loved the fact that you can attach photos within the app itself unlike the Mail app where you have to exit and send from the Photos app.

    The only reason why I am not getting it now is because of the lack of push mail. That is almost a non-negotiable for me. As long as they fix that I am buying this, even if they raise the price.

  • MacHead

    3 bucks to a spendulous liberal is nothing! Especially when my taxes bought it for you! Im sure you love that Gubment check! 

  • Vlad Weber

    Apps are what is needed to make your smartphone smart and unique.Im fond of app creating and find it really helpful to use site like Snappii where i can build apps in minutes.

  • KJ

    I’ve downloaded Sparrow on my phone and have been liking it. And…well, I’ve been using the Mail app itself as my “push notification” for mail.  I mean, I moved it to a back page but it still makes its noises, and I know there’s mail to be read.  What I feel I miss more is the badge on Sparrow…
    Also, I jailbreak and use LockInfo (and love it). LockInfo handles notifications for mail…in an awesome way.  For text messages, LockInfo allows us to specify which app we want to use (for me, it’s BiteSMS, of course)..maybe we can get LockInfo to allow us a preference on mail apps, and the notification is handled by them.  Feel free to pass this genius idea onto LockInfo peeps. ;-) 

  • enderwiggin21

    Its like saying having no wheels on a car is a small sacrifice :)
    Sorry, no push/notifications, no Sparrow.

    Seriously?  You think that’s a valid analogy?  So without push/notifications Sparrow cannot physically get your mail, at all?  The same way a car without wheels cannot physically do its job of driving you from A to B?

  • enderwiggin21

    Nice sentence fragment buddy. Congrats on not making any sense. Why am I not surprised you are a liberal buffoon. Nice to see you have been working so hard to praise the Chevy Volt and Obama BAHAHA! Must be why its production was stopped….Now who’s embarrassing themselves. (see how my sentence was complete and made sense)

    Except that “Now who’s embarrassing themselves” is a question, not a sentence.