Many people, including many of us at AppAdvice, love Sparrow for iOS, despite the email client offering no push notifications. However, ProcessOne has now come to the rescue by releasing Push Mail Alert for the iPhone/iPod touch.
Available for $2.99, the app delivers personal alerts that notify users when new emails arrive. In doing so, it works with iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, and other IMAP email services.
Full features include:
- Instant view – Check instantly your mailbox summary right from the Lock screen or the Notification Center of your iPhone
- Full IMAP & IMAP IDLE support – Use your AOL, Gmail and GApps, iCloud, Orange, Yahoo! and custom IMAP/IMAP IDLE email accounts
- Unread badge – Check the sum of your unread conversations / messages
- Sparrow iOS app support – Open directly important email right from a banner or an alert
- Sounds – Personalize your sounds by mail account, therefore differentiate your professional or personal notifications…
- Priority Inbox support – Be only notified of your important incoming emails (GMail and GApps support only)
- OAuth GMail support Grant us access to your GMail account without giving us your password or any other personal information (GMail and GApps support only)
Push Mail Alert does work as expected. Unfortunately, there is a definite lag between the time the email alert arrives and when this email becomes available in the Sparrow app. In fact, depending on your Internet connection, this lag time could be as much as 10 seconds, which I quickly found annoying. Because of this, although hitting the alert message does open Sparrow, which is a nice feature, it doesn’t always link directly to the email at hand. Rather, it goes to the last place you were within Sparrow.
Another issue is certainly the app’s price. In my opinion, $2.99 is extremely pricey for an app that really only serves one purpose. This is especially true given that Sparrow for iOS is also priced at $2.99. Because of this, the free Boxcar app might be a better solution for push notifications. Plus that app is free, although it does come with ads.
We thank reader Griffin for this tip!