Well I wasn’t interested in repeating what I’ve done with Aqua Mail (esp. since there is Fair Email now), and wanted to try something new, just to see if I’d be able to make it work. It was a challenge.
Yes privacy can be a concern depending on your views (e.g. your mail still passes through your mail provider, with any email app). Or it may not be, seeing how many email apps (Spark, Type / Blue Mail, Outlook, MyMail, Newton, just off top of my head) are cloud based.
Cloud has these benefits:
- Push is battery efficient
- Snooze will notify when it’s supposed to
- Scheduled send when it’s supposed to
- Forwarding messages with attachments without having to download to Android first
- Related: when composing, add an attachment from any older message, also without downloading first
- Syncs all starred messages, even old ones
Last but not least, at time went on, Google made Android less and less friendly to “non-cloud based” apps (e.g. K9 Mail in its current beta removed push mail entirely). In other words, in Google’s view of the world, cloud based is how you do it. Wasn’t the case in 2010 or even 2015. I have no reason to think that this Google driven trend will reverse.
Also in terms of privacy. Yes your messages do pass through a server. But they literally “pass through” there is no long term retention. Incoming messages are deleted at most one minute after they’re received by the Android app, and sent messages, after they’ve been sent.
Bottom line, whether it’s acceptable or not is a personal decision.
Same goes with subscriptions. Sky / Sugar Mail is priced well below Aqua Mail which is also a subscription, not to mention Newton ($50 a year I believe). Yes those app are more mature and have more features, while I’m only starting out, but still.
Oh and since it’s a cloud based app, I have to pay for server(s) which is a recurring (monthly) expense. I didn’t think I could make it work with one-time purchases.