Tested version: 3.605
Latest version: 4.200
Requires Android: from 1.5
K-9 Mail is an open source POP/IMAP exchange mail client for Android. It’s basically taking a step further than standard Android mail clients, made for users for whom keeping on top of private or professional emails is essential when they’re on the go.
With K-9 it is possible to attach signatures to emails, as well as save attachments to your device’s SD card. K-9 to the rescue! Find out just how well K-9 performs in today’s review.
Features & Use
K-9 Mail allows you to configure multiple email accounts, as well as set up individual intervals of how often they should be checked. If you’ve used other mail clients you’ll be familiar with functions such as having the option to decide what happens to your emails, for instance that you can choose to have them stored on the server. You can decide how many mails are displayed per mail file.
Here’s an overview of K-9’s functions:
• Email signatures are supported
• Good IMAP support
• Attachments can be saved to the SD card
• Send bcc copies to yourself
• Select the return email address
• Keyboard shortcuts
Screen & Controls
In K-9 Mail’s overview of all the accounts in which you can see all the unread emails (waiting to be read, so get to it you lazy good-for nothings ;). Once you’ve selected an account different files such as ‘Inbox’, ‘Send’, ‘Drafts’ and ‘Trash’ are displayed.
Controls are intuitive and easy to use.
Speed & Stability
There were a few mishaps during our test run of K-9 Mail. The app crashed several times while I was still in the preliminary stage of setting up accounts. However, after this rather unpleasant first encounter there were no other issues that arose. Setting up further accounts wasn’t a problem and sending and receiving mail worked very well. Opening messages can take a bit of time; the amount of time it takes for a message to load is contingent on the email’s size.
K-9 Mail can be downloaded for free from the Android Market. Using the app and all the related downloads are free, but additional costs may arise depending on what kind of flatrate you have, so please do bear in mind that the app requires internet connection.
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