There are problems with the app, other than its frustratingly slow behaviour. There is no option to download new mail in the background so it is there waiting for you when you go into the app. There should be “Download full message” or “Download only headers” options. There should be a “Download only last x days” option. There should be support for the IMAP IDLE extension. You should be able to set it to monitor for new email in folders other than the Inbox. Also, when listing folders, Android lists all of them in a single one-level list, yet I have a tree like folder structure with multiple levels, so it should be displayed that way. Mobile email clients have been supporting this sort of stuff for years. Why doesn’t Android?
To top it all, after I received the 1.6 firmware update the other day, the email client has become very flakey. Pretty much every time I use it, I click on a message or a folder and it just hangs for 15 or so seconds before I get a popup telling me that the app has timed out and asking if I want to continue waiting, or force the app to close. If I tell it to continue waiting it springs back into action straight away.
Email is an important feature for phones nowadays. Android should have very good IMAP support. It doesn’t. Why?
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