For several months now I have been using an awesome e-mail app called Sparrow, as opposed to Apple Mail that comes with Mac OS X. I loved Sparrow because of its minimalistic design, it’s clean interface and awesome features. Well, that is until the spam started showing up in my mailboxes. Being a former user of Apple Mail, I never had to deal much with spam – it did the filtering and removal of spam automatically and I was left with the task of reading mail that was important to me. Sparrow came along and I loved the features it had and decided to give this fledgling app a chance. All was well and good until the spam showed up and kept coming. So, like any good user, I turned to the company who made Sparrow and asked politely for some smart spam control like Apple Mail has. Their response was that they use Google’s spam filtering and therefore it’s not needed in the application.
I don’t use GMail as my primary e-mail account. What about those of us on .mac or .me accounts? That really turned me off big time! But I kept using their product in the hopes enough people would raise hell that they’d add some awesome spam filtering capability. Apparently I am the only person using Sparrow who gets spam. *sigh* I made several more attempts to request this feature but kept being blown off.
Then along comes a really nice app called Postbox. I downloaded the demo, tried it out for a few days and well, just liked Sparrow better. Postbox was a lot like Apple Mail, it didn’t have the beautiful minimal design that Sparrow had. But it did have smart spam filtering which you could train just like in Apple Mail. That appealed to me, but Sparrow called me back and I resumed using it. That is until today.
I woke up this morning and 85% of my e-mail was spam. I got so frustrated I quit Sparrow and purchased Postbox. All day today it has been peaceful and quiet in my e-mail app, spam is being re-routed into the spam folder and every once and a while something slips by and I simply say – hey, this is spam. Then it has learned it and I don’t have to worry about it.
As much as I love Sparrow, I have to say I hate the fact it has no spam filtering for non-GMail users. That outweighs anything good about the application. So sorrowfully yet happily I say bye-bye Sparrow. Maybe if your company gets some brains and realizes the world doesn’t revolve around GMail, I might come back. For now I am a Postbox user.