A free, lite version of Sparrow for Mac is now available to download in the Mac App Store. Sparrow Lite for Mac is ad supported, and users cannot sync more than one e-mail account with the application.
Sparrow provides users with a serious alternative to Apple’s Mail application. The app displays e-mails in a list, and they can be previewed in a window pane on the right hand side of the application – kind of like the iPad’s Mail app. Features such as “quick reply” and “quicklook” – which allow users to preview attachments – make Sparrow an all around excellent e-mail client.
Both versions of Sparrow currently handle Google Mail accounts only (a future update will “integrate IMAP support for most providers”). The apps offer a “Tweetie” like design, which looks and feels great. I’ve been using Sparrow with a couple of e-mail accounts for around two weeks now, and I’m really impressed with the application.