The Edison Mail app is an option to replace iPhone’s default Mail app (with caution)

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*** On 7/18/2020, I made an  update to my original post, in the Cons section.  Please read it as it has to do with some privacy issues. ***

For those of you with an iPhone, like myself, we’ve always used the default iPhone Mail app because it was simple and easy to use.  For the most part, the default iPhone Mail app can satisfy the needs of most iPhone users.  However, over time, Apple has updated the iPhone Mail app, for better or for worse.

For myself the breaking point came when iOS 10 was released.  For some reason, Apple removed the Delete All function when you select multiple e-mails.  Basically, you need to select or swipe each individual message to delete.  Why Apple?

So, having used the iPhone Mail app from from iPhone 3G days, I’ve made it my mission to move on to a better e-mail app.  After a month of searching and using many different e-mail apps, I finally found the best e-mail app for the iPhone:  Edison Mail app.  NOTE:  The company that made this e-mail app was previously known as EasilyDo.  They have since changed their name to Edison Software.

To cut to the chase, here are the Pros and Cons of the Edison Mail app:

Pros

  • Delete All function.  This was the game breaker for me.  Since the default iPhone Mail app lost the Delete All ability, you get it right back with the Edison Mail app.
  • Touch ID security.  Now that all the newest iPhones have Touch ID, why not protect your e-mails from prying eyes?
  • Customizeable swipes.  If you do not like what the default swipes do in the Edison Mail app, you can customize them.
  • Works with all e-mail providers.  I many different e-mail providers, including Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, and even personal domain e-mail.  Edison Mail app works with all of them.

Cons

  • E-mail address suggestions.  When you create a new e-mail and type a few letters of the e-mail address, the Edison Mail app will provide a few suggestions. However, as you scroll more down the list, there are some strange e-mail addresses.  I don’t know where these e-mail addresses are coming from.  I’ve sent an inquiry to Edison and I’m awaiting their response.
  • E-mail content display.  I presume the Edison Mail app displays e-mails in HTML view.  However, it seems some e-mail bodies do not display at all or when you try to swipe to zoom, it stays zoomed in and you cannot zoom out.  Hopefully, if there is an option in the e-mail body to view it in Safari, you can view the e-mail normally.  Otherwise, you’ll have to open the questionable e-mail in another e-mail app or on your desktop.
  • Accounts view.  This may be picky, but you cannot re-order the Accounts list.  The Accounts are listed in the order that they were added initially.
  • Privacy.  It may have crossed your mind how this Edison Mail app can be free.  Is this company selling your data to 3rd parties?  To be safe on the Edison Mail app, you should check the Manage Privacy on the app.  In my case, I opted out of the Data Sharing.
  • Privacy (*** Critical update on 7/18/2020 ***).  For the past few months, I’ve removed the Edison Mail app from my iPhone.  There was a situation after an update that some users were reporting unknown e-mail accounts were added to the list of accounts that they could see.  You can read this article on 9to5Mac.  This sent shivers down my spine.  How do I know my e-mail account wasn’t visible on other users’ devices?  I couldn’t take any chances, so I completely deleted my data off Edison servers and uninstalled the app.  There were other privacy issues that I took for granted since this was a free app.  One was the fact that Edison employees were reading user e-mails to tailor the Smart Reply feature.   It is described in this article on MacRumors.  Lastly, as I mentioned in the first topic of this Cons list, regarding a list of unknown e-mail addresses in the auto-complete list.  I did get a reply from an Edison employee and they said these e-mail addresses were from my previous recipients.  I called BS, since I would never have sent e-mails to these addresses, many of which had my first/last name or parts of it.

Although I did make a strong recommendation to use this Edison Mail app due to the improved features over the existing iOS Mail app back in September 2017.  However, due to recent privacy issues, I urge users to use this app with caution — understand that it is a free, 3rd party e-mail app, that has to make money somehow.  If you are willing to sacrifice your privacy for something free, then use it as you wish.

As of now, I use Yahoo! Mail and Gmail apps to check my e-mails directly.

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