CloudMagic Email app – Indie app of the day

April 10, 2014
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What is CloudMagic Email?

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CloudMagic Email is a newer email application that packs quite the punch. Not only does it support multiple emails from the top email providers, but it also has some features baked in under the hood to help with productivity and CloudMagic has a decent design to boot. Also, it’s free and free is always a good thing.

The first thing you’ll notice about the app are the immense number of accounts that are available. You can sign in with your Microsoft account (both Outlook and Office 365), Google account, iCloud, Exchange, and any IMAP service you can think of. This is perfect for those who have emails from a number of different providers and need them under one roof. Once you sign in, you can view a combined inbox that shows all mail for every email or individual accounts by selecting them from the slide-out menu on the left.

The controls are pretty basic and mimic the official Gmail app to an extent. You can long press to select one email then short press to select multiples once you’re in that mode. Once in an email there are control buttons on the top right of the email page much like Gmail. There is support for landscape mode on devices and tablet support as well should you need something with those kind of features. In terms of sheer email use, CloudMagic keeps it simple but highly functional which is one of its biggest strengths.

CloudMagic also comes with some pretty nifty plugins baked in. They call them “cards” and they can be accessed by clicking on the square icon in any email (to the left of the reply button). With these cards you can interact with other applications without leaving your email. For instance, you can put links from emails into Pocket if you use that. You can also interface with apps like the venerable Evernote, ZenDesk, Trello, and others. This is extremely handy if you use those tools regularly to quickly turn your emails into other things that you can use later. The list of cards available is actually quite extensive and they’ll likely be adding more because you can email them to suggest apps to turn into cards.

What’s wrong with this app?

The design is highly functional but it is a tad bland. There are small, colored lines next to each email address and some colorful UI elements here and there but a massive percentage of the app is gray. Some have suggested adding a dark theme or even a light theme and we agree that would’ve been nice. Also, users have reported some smaller issues like not having access to the Spam folder (where important emails end up sometimes), inability to copy email addresses from some parts of the app, and other very minor issues. Nothing overly important but depending on how you use your email, they could be a little annoying.


CloudMagic

Final thoughts

Overall, this is a very solid email app. The design is a tad bland but it is highly functional which kind of balances things out. The card system is brilliant and people who integrate a lot of their productivity into Android apps like Evernote, Trello, and Pocket will see an immediate benefit from switching over.

It does have its small issues here and there but there really is nothing that’s so wrong with this app that we wouldn’t recommend it. It’s solid, it supports the most popular email clients, and has a few very unique features that you don’t see anywhere else. If you want to try it out, click the button below!
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Comments

  • Guest

    I really love this app. I have been using it for a couple months now because I hated having 2 email apps; yahoo and gmail. Like the article says, the UI is very clean but it is bland and I do wish they would make a dark theme with a little bit more color and vibrancy. I feel like they could add the little blue circle icon with the letter of the sender onto the messages in the inbox, instead of just having it there when you open a specific email, sort of like how it is in this mail app but matching their UI. http://i.imgur.com/08BdmC3.png

  • Guest

    I really love this app. I have been using it for a couple months now because I hated having 2 email apps; yahoo and gmail. Like the article says, the UI is very clean but it is bland and I do wish they would make a dark theme with a little bit more color and vibrancy. I feel like they could add the little blue circle icon with the letter of the sender onto the messages in the inbox, instead of just having it there when you open a specific email, sort of like how it is in this mail app but matching their UI. http://i.imgur.com/08BdmC3.png

  • Gato Mafioso

    What’s wrong with this app?

    You forgot to add that they store your account’s emails on their own servers. They recently implemented changes (which aren’t done yet) after some people spoke up, but this whole time they’ve been basically hush on this subject. There are probably a lot of users that don’t know their emails are being uploaded onto other servers since they don’t bother to read the privacy policy.

    • Chirag

      CloudMagic uses the cloud to download and push emails to your device. To get you started CloudMagic downloads and pushes only recent emails โ€” emails sent or received in the last 30 days โ€” to your device. The email attachments are not downloaded on the cloud and are served from the respective services in real-time.

      In short, only last month’s emails are stored. And, that’s changing in the upcoming release.

      • K

        So you’re fine them storing your emails from the past 30 days as long as they don’t access your attachments? It’s not a privacy issue with the workers at cloudmagic , it’s a privacy issue if those servers become compromised by some outside ententity. Private information isn’t just stored in attachments.

      • K

        Just realized you must work for the company seeing as how Cheth upvoted your comment

        • cheth

          Yes, Chirag is the product manager at CloudMagic. I work at the same company. Sorry for missing the disclaimer in the comment :)

      • WitnessG

        How much longer till the new release? It says 6 weeks but I don’t know when you guys put that up there.

    • Dark_Laser

      Who would’ve thought a service called “CloudMagic” would store its users’ emails on its own servers?

    • Sjoko

      It even seems cloudmagic stores your account line username and password detail on the server.

  • MasterMuffin

    It’s like Gmail without colors and support for different e-mail accounts

  • paxmos

    Average at best and not to mention developer’s cockiness plus the freaking fee they charge. Crap

  • LeGyEs

    It’s a spam service.

  • Andrew White

    ‘The Clould’ casts a shadow where the sun doesn’t shine. Useful for business, personally though it is pushing me well away from Kitkat and Windows 8.1.

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  • Guest

    We have users on our network using it and it is putting a heavy load on our Exchange servers as well. We are blocking this app due to security and server load issues and I expect other companies may do the same.

  • Mark Kommet

    Terrible app! They store your PERSONAL email info on the cloud, which is basically their servers. Why don’t you mention anything about this privacy breach? Nobody cares about the cards they have, this is not the casino!! No one wants to go all in for their emails!

    It seems like the people who are running Cloudmagic (like Chirag below) have NO IDEA what they are doing, all they care about is their business model of selling your info and making easy money on expense of the users. Chirag wants to be a millionaire, but not on my expense please! If I had this app installed, the first thing I would do is UNINSTALL it before it’s too late. These people CANNOT BE EVER TRUSTED. Simply clowns who don’t understand anything!

    • Chirag

      Users data is sacred to us. We’re not in the business of selling user data. Privacy policy here:
      http://cloudmagic.com/k/privacypolicy

      And, why do we use the cloud?

      1. Makes new email notifications reliable
      2. Makes app consume less battery and bandwidth
      3. Lets CloudMagic surface contextual Cards that get your work done
      4. Lets you set reminder for time sensitive emails
      5. Makes getting started on multiple devices a breeze

  • rob damiani

    Who cares? It’s email, lol. If you’re DUMB enough to send sensitive/private discussions via email then that’s your problem. SMH.