Fastmail, a mail device which really is fast, has just gotten even faster, and even slicker. The best alternative to Gmail just launched a brand new mobile interface that is so good that you might even ditch the native mail app on your iPhone and iPad.
Fastmail is an Australian company which has long offered a great paid e-mail service for people who want something simple and powerful. I used it for years before being seduced by Gmail (I am in the middle of moving back, so let me know on Twitter if you want a feature about that), and we use it here at Cult of Mac.
The new mobile interface uses the same underlying tech as the desktop browser version, making minimal connections to the servers and doing as much as possible locally (this does mean that it often gets dumped from RAM in Safari on the iPad mini, but as it loads so damn fast you won’t care anyway).
I have inadvertently been testing the iPad beta version for the last week (maybe it was shown to new users?) and today’s final tweak cleans up the look and makes the whole thing super slick. You can delete and archive messages by swiping (like Mailbox on iOS) and all the nav elements are within easy finger-tapping distance. I have actually found it to be the quickest way to get through my mail. My only wish would be for a long-press to bring up a list of folders for faster filing.
Fastmail has a free trial period, and plans start at $5 per year.
- Source Fastmail Blog