When it comes to email, choosing a provider is just the beginning. Basic email apps and websites are great for reading and composing emails, but there are many third-party options available that offer different features and experiences.
CurveMail lets you easily manage emails and multiple email accounts within a single app.
Created by CurveMail Team, this free app for your Android device is fairly easy to set up but it lacks visual style and the curved interface, while certainly unique, takes a bit of getting used to.
Concept and Functionality
I figured CurveMail would be easy to set up, but it seems that Google occasionally blocks sign in attempts from unauthorized apps. If you repeatedly receive failed login messages when trying to add a new account, be sure to check for an email notifying you of blocked access.
As I mentioned above, the interface of CurveMail is very, very, um, different. The curved appearance is definitely something I’ve never seen before, and I had a hard time understanding the purpose that it served. I didn’t notice an increase in productivity due to a revolutionary “flow” or anything of the sort; in fact, I found the interface to be somewhat irritating.
If you switched to CurveMail while reading an email or composing a new message, you’d have no idea that it was the same app because the curve effect only applies to account selection and inboxes. Again, this is something that I couldn’t really understand. The lack of curve effects made reading and writing easier, however.
CurveMail includes quite a few gesture-based controls that’ll help you keep your inboxes under control. For example, you can swipe left and right on messages to delete them or quickly send a response. You can also delete accounts with a swipe or by making a squeezing gesture.
One good thing about CurveMail is that it really does offer unlimited email account support. Many third-party email apps limit the number of accounts you can create, so if you’re looking for an app without limitations, this is something to consider.
CurveMail is available to download from Google Play for free. I couldn’t find any in-app purchases or advertisements, which is definitely a good thing.
Overall, CurveMail could use a few improvements. Truthfully I can’t find a good functional reason for the curved interface since it doesn’t really improve efficiency or the overall user experience.
If you’re looking for a different email experience, CurveMail may be the perfect app for you. I’m just not completely sold on the benefit of the curved look.
It certainly is a novelty but may wind up hurting the app more than helping it. A better use of CurveMail’s developer’s time would be to add a bit of visual spice such as different themes so users can personalize their email experience.
CurveMail requires Android 2.2 and up. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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