Mailtab Pro for Gmail Review: Mac apps

Apple’s mail is sufficient for answering and reading emails, but it can be a bit annoying with popups, notifications, and the like. When I went looking for an alternative mac email client, I came across Mailtab Pro for Gmail for mac, available from the Mac app store for $2, and I was thrilled with its’ simplicity and utility.

Design

Mmailtab pro menu barailtab Pro for Gmail is a menu bar application. It really doesn’t do much besides offering a convenient way to use Gmail, but it excels at that, and for only $2 it’s well worth it.

Good

The best thing about Mailtab is its’ convenience. It notifies of new emails, and has a count in the menu bar of messages (which even Apple’s mail doesn’t have) but it stays out of the way until you need it, while still providing data.

Accessing your Gmail is literally as easy as clicking on the little menu bar applet. My favorite part of the app is that it never opens a single window. I usually have around two dozen windows open, multiple browsers, photoshop, and word documents, so my computer is cluttered enough. Mailtab is there when I’m using it, and out of my way gone when I’m not. It’s literally the ultimate convenience.

Feature-wise , Mailtab is literally the same Gmail you access from Gmail.com, with the added convenience of the menu bar access. If you like Gmail.com, you’ll like the interface of Mailtab, and visa versa.

It’s also worth noting that in places where Gmail servers are blocked and traditional email clients don’t work, Mailtab has worked for me.

Bad

The only problem with Mailtab is that since it’s essentially just pulling up Gmail.com, there’s no offline access to email. No writing emails beforehand. No checking your mail on a non-wifi-equipped plane. You need the internet, and there’s no way around it.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for convenience and less clutter, this is a great app for you. Mailtab Pro may not have many features, but what it does for my organization is well worth the two dollars it cost me. Well done.

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Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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