Email

Nowadays, email is a key tool. In this page, I offer a large overview of my setup, exploration, and so on.

Email is basically made of three things: a provider, a client and a bunch of tools. In many instances, the frontier between those three things is blurry.

Which email provider should you use?

This list is based on my own experience and preferences. Take it with a grain of salt, as my choice could not be the right one for your.

ID Provider Technology Recommend Self-assessed knowledge Why? Details
1 iCloud IMAP

No

5 Silently discard emails Silently discard some “spam” emails, and the support cannot retrieve them
2 Gmail Gmail

No

4 Privacy and non-standard Non-standard technology + perfect if you want your emails to be read by Google
3 Outlook.com Exchange

No

3 Non-standard Non-standard technology (Exchange)
4 Office 365 Exchange

Yes

4 Great for collaboration Overkilling if you just need one email address
5 Gandi IMAP

No

4 Bad deliverability Some of their servers are blacklisted, which means your emails can be received as “spam”
6 FastMail IMAP

Meh

4 Great service, but limited for spam filtering Need a huge amount of false positive and negative to fire up the customized spam filter, it can take months to reach the required numbers
7 G Suite Gmail

Testing

3 It's all the power of Gmail, but without the usual Google creepiness Currently testing it

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macOS

ID Client Optimized for Recommend Self-assessed knowledge Why? Details
1 Apple Mail IMAP-centric

Yes

5 Built-in and surprisingly powerful email client
2 Microsoft Outlook Exchange-centric

Meh

3 Heavy
3 Airmail Gmail-centric

Yes

4 Paired with its iOS counterpart and a G Suite account, Airmail is a solid choice I currently use Airmail
4 Spark

Yes

4
5 Thunderbird IMAP-centric

Meh

3 Open source, but a bit outdated
6 Postbox 2 Based on Thunderbird
7 MailMate IMAP-centric

Yes

3 Probably the best IMAP client out there

Discontinued clients: Mailbox (bought and shutdown by Dropbox), Newton, Astro (bought by Slack).

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iOS

ID Client Optimized for Recommend Self-assessed knowledge Why?
1 Apple Mail IMAP-centric

Yes

2 Microsoft Outlook

Yes

3 Airmail Gmail-centric

Yes

4 Spark

Yes

5 Gmail Gmail

Yes

6 Fastmail Fastmail

Meh

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  • Last modified: 8 weeks ago
  • by Olivier Simard-Casanova