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Just over a year ago, I wrote a feature on Mac.AppStorm entitled The Future of Email on OS X. I wrote it as millions of loyal Sparrow users around the world were expressing their discontent at Google buying out their favourite product — understandable, really — as development on the product stopped save for critical bug updates. And it shows — the “latest” version for OS X was released 10 months ago and we never did see the rumoured iPad client, which was a real disappointment.

So this got me thinking: both the Mac and iPhone have seen their share of “alternative email clients”, as I like to dub them, but the iPad has been strangely neglected. The iPhone has seen its fair share of alternative clients, from Dispatch to Triage, but none of these have manifested themselves (yet) into an iPad version. iPad users certainly want an alternative to Mail.app — in a weekly poll we conducted back in March, 73% of you felt that the iPad deserved a better client.

So, in short, what’s the state of alternative iPad email clients?

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The competition has now closed –– congratulations to @guye, @amarconsultant, @AspenMIT, @uberkreativ and @luizsanlima!

Last week, Phillip Johns looked at Mail Pilot, an alternative e-mail client for your iPad. Judging by the results of our weekly poll, out of a total of 340 votes, 249 of you (nearly three-quarters) thought that the iPad deserved something different to Mail.app, and Mail Pilot for some may be the answer.

Instead of focusing on working through your e-mails as and when you receive them, Mail Pilot lets you put off e-mails and will remind you later on to take a look at them. This approach has also been taken by Mailbox — for the time being it only supports the iPhone and Gmail accounts — but Mail Pilot features a few nifty features up its sleeve that can help you reach that beautiful feeling of “inbox zero” in no time at all.  

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