I love quality apps. I spend a great deal of time trolling through app after app until I find something that meets my requirements (high standards?). In some cases I’ve waited weeks, even months before settling on a specific app. Nine, an Exchange ActiveSync email client, is one of those apps I’ve been waiting to come along for quite some time.
For anyone who has used the stock Android email client, you will know that it leaves a lot to be desired. Sure, it received a nice little facelift when Android 4.4 KitKat was released, but that was nothing great. Apart from the UI refresh, it is still very average.
Thankfully, the developers of Nine have done a brilliant job of producing a top quality Exchange ActiveSync email client for Android. From the moment I discovered this app and seen the screenshots, I was amazed. I installed it straight away and fell in love with it just as quickly.
At first glance it looks similar to the stock Android client which is certainly not a bad thing as anyone wanting to make the switch from stock to Nine should find it very easy. It looks extremely ‘fresh’ though. The UI is very vivid and bright. The menus, settings, and navigating your way around the app is all very easy and fluid.
The setup process is much cleaner and easier to follow as well when compared to stock. It just seems to flow a lot better.
A couple of nice little features include the ability to set a PIN lock on the app, set the device security model to either ‘device level’ or ‘application level’, as well as send email in HTML. When creating or replying to an email, you can even change the basic formatting of your text such as bold, italic and underline.
The app is free to download and install but comes with a 2 week trial. To continue using the app beyond the 2 week trial you will need to pay up. Currently, it’s half price at $10~ – normally $20~. In the majority of cases I wouldn’t pay this much for an app, and this is certainly one of the most expensive apps I’ve purchased to date. That being said, I think it is worth every cent.
Nine is only relatively new to the market (beta released in January 2014) but even so, I can’t praise the app or the development team enough. I’ve sent several emails to them and they have been very prompt in replying.
If the roadmap posted on the Nine website is anything to go by, it looks like we are in for some great features in the near future – some of those include conversation views, notes and even tasks. I for one am hanging out for these additions – especially notes.
This is without a doubt the best Exchange email client there is to date – I’m yet to come across anything that really compares – especially when it comes to the overall design and performance. It’s amazing to see how quickly features and fixes are being push out as well. In the 6~ weeks I’ve been using the app, there have been at least 1 update a week with new features, bug fixes and general improvements.
If you have been looking for an alternative Exchange ActiveSync email client, I highly recommend you try out Nine. Being that it is only half price at the moment, it might be the perfect time to make the switch.
If you want to learn more about Nine, hit up the Nine website – screenshots, update history, roadmap, and more are all available.