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Sparrow for Mac

CNET Editors' review

Sparrow is an attempt to get away from supercomplex, feature-packed e-mail clients in favor of a simpler e-mail experience. The interface is elegant while remaining very straightforward: the left side of the interface shows where e-mails are from, and the right side displays the message and any photos or other media commonly sent through e-mail. Setup only requires that you add accounts; then you can get started right away.

Though the interface is sparse compared with many big-name e-mail clients, you still get plenty of the common actions and options you'd expect from a basic e-mail app in Sparrow. You can save your draft e-mails; "Star" (or mark as favorite) specific conversations; add color-coded labels (which you can later sort by); and quickly open and collapse individual e-mails from a thread. You can also import Facebook pictures for your contacts, get Menubar notifications when you receive a message, and send quick replies. Sparrow offers support for all IMAP accounts, including Gmail, MobileMe, Yahoo, and custom IMAP accounts, and you can set up multiple accounts and view your messages in a unified inbox.

Overall, if you're looking for a desktop e-mail client that's not overloaded with features but keeps some of the most important ones you already use, Sparrow might be perfect for the job.

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All User Reviews

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Ultra light email client with minimal system impact."

    June 30, 2011  |   By credoqueabsurdium

    Version: Sparrow 1.2

    Pros

    Full email from your menu bar: read, write, reply with gmail style conversation interface. Everything necessary to respond to emails from your computer in a timely manner without opening full-featured email client or internet browser.

    Cons

    Must pay to remove ads, unlock cleaner UI options, and use it for more than one email address.

    Summary

    I've been using this program for several weeks and I like it a lot. I enjoy the minimalist aspect of the program. For example, you have the option to eliminate icon from the dock and only have the little airplane icon on the menubar. I appreciate little touches like that. The inbox appears as a smallish window and so does a reply box, if you even open a new window. The adoption of the gmail conversation works well here and so does the star and label system. I'm going to make the jump to buy as soon as I can assure myself that the program will be in continuing development.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Gmail Client"

    February 15, 2011  |   By harristype

    Version: Sparrow 1.0.1

    Pros

    Simple email app with a great layout and design. Very easy an elegant to use with multiple gmail accounts

    Cons

    Would like to see a way to be able to right click a message in the email list and be able to delete it.

    Summary

    Can't wait to see Sparrow evolve. As a 1.0 product, it's solid and well-thought-out.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "what is free about $9.99"

    February 9, 2011  |   By software28

    Version: Sparrow 1.0

    Pros

    none it is not free

    Cons

    it is not free. No trial-just buy from App store-I don't think so!

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