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Mail Pilot 2 for iOS review: Gesture-based controls tame your email inbox

Nathan Alderman | Feb. 6, 2015
Popular email client Mail Pilot treats each message as a task to be checked off your to-do list. Mail Pilot 2, launching Thursday for iPhone and iPad, aims to further increase your productivity with a radically redesigned interface. But in the version we tested, several lingering rough edges work against those ambitions.

Beyond interface quirks, I found a few outright glitches. On my iPad, the app consistently crashed when trying to attach any photo from my Camera Roll to a new message in horizontal view. (The interface for picking images remained vertically oriented on both iPhone and iPad, even with the devices turned sideways; according to developer Mindsense, that's iOS 8's fault.)

Also, when reading threaded messages on both iPhone and iPad, vertical scrolling got visibly stiff and juddery until the header for the thread scrolled out of view.

Mindsense says it's aware of all these bugs, and intends to squash them in Mail Pilot 2's first update, due two weeks after its debut.

Bottom line

Mail Pilot 2 looks sharp and brims with great ideas for managing your email. Like its Mac version, the app seems to have arrived without a few finishing touches — and once those fixes get made, it should become well worth owning for task-oriented users eager to tame their inboxes.


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