Here at AppChatter we’ve been on a quest lately to find the best way to get notified when you receive email. We’ve even resorted to forwarding our email to a Yahoo! email account, since the iPhone/Touch supports push for Yahoo! out of the box. We were also delighted when Google announced last week that they now natively support push GMail via Exchange. However, if you have more than one GMail account then even the Exchange solution wont help you for more than the first one (only one Exchange account can be setup on your device at a time). Needless to say that with everything we’ve tried so far, nothing is perfect.
Mail Notifier by Enflick Inc is trying to overcome all of these limitations. We announced Mail Notifier a few weeks back and and then waited to get an app code from the developer and for the past couple of days have been using the service.
The one thing that Mail Notifier offers above all of the other solutions thus far, is the ability to have push notifications for more than just GMail. In fact, Mail Notifier will bring push notifications for your AOL, GMail and Windows Live (Hotmail) email accounts. What’s even better than that is if you have more than a single GMail account (or any of the others) you can configure the app to push notifications for all of them.
As I mentioned earlier, we’ve been using Mail Notifier for a few days now and unlike anything else we’ve tried thus far this app actually works and works well. We’ve consistently been notified on all incoming emails on multiple accounts using Mail Notifier. Setup is as simple as entering your credentials to one or more of the three email types and away you go.
The one drawback, if there is one, is the rather steep price. At $4.99 Mail Notifier is one of the more expensive options we’ve tested so far. However, that price comes with many advantages over any other option: It actually works, you can push more than one GMail account (or AOL or Hotmail), it’s a single cost that you’ll easily get your value from if you depend on email notifications.
If you’re like us and have been looking for a way to get push notifications from all of your various email account types then we urge you to take a look at Mail Notifier by Enflick Inc. After 4 days of use, we’re impressed and happy with this service.
Update: The latest update to Mail Notifier (v.2) brings some great enhancements. The enhancements are:
- Option for a silence period (No getting woken at 2am when that spam email comes in!)
- Selectable ringtones for each account
- Support for custom IMAP accounts
- Option to launch web mail from notification
- Option to hide email contents in notification for privacy
We’ve been using Mail Notifier now for several weeks (since we first got the app code) and must say that it has continued to perform as expected. Notifications arrive quicker than GMail push or any other push notification app we’ve tried. This is a truly set and forget type of service. The reliability and speed of notifications has prompted me to remove all onboard (native) iPhone notifications for mail and I now rely solely on Mail Notifier.
I’ve been curious why for so long there’s only been push notification apps for Google’s GMail when there’s several other email platforms out there, all with plenty of users on them. Sure, GMail would have the most users than any of the others, but it can’t be that hard to do if you’re already pushing GMail notifications. I’ve discussed other apps, such as GPush before. I’ve even gone to lengths of using Yahoo! mail to get my email pushed to my iPhone (there’s a how-to for that!).
So today I am notified that Enflick Inc. has an app that does notifications for three of the major mail platforms: Gmail, AOL and Hotmail. Mail Notifier for iPhone has been submitted and the developers are still waiting on approval from Apple. However, once it’s been approved we will see about getting a review out asap.
Enflick, Inc. brings push notifications for Hotmail, Gmail, and AOL email accounts to the iPhone
Waterloo, Ontario – September 15, 2009 – Enflick, Inc. recently submitted Mail Notifier to Apple’s iTunes App Store for review. Mail Notifer is the first iPhone application in the App Store to provide push notifications for Hotmail and AOL email accounts. Mail Notifier also supports Gmail accounts just like the “Gpush” application currently out in the App Store, but provides more instantaneous and reliable push notifications. Once approved by Apple, the application will be available for purchase in the iTunes App Store for $4.99 (US).