K9 Mail – The app to use for non Gmail email accounts

Written by on March 7, 2011 in Uncategorized - 4 Comments

Its common knowledge that the Gmail app for Android is fantastic. The only problem with the app is it can only be used with Gmail accounts. If you have an IMAP or POP3 account from another provider then you should check out K9 Mail.

K9 Mail is an insanely popular, free open source app that is developed by the community. The app supports all types of email accounts such as IMAP, POP3 and Exchange 2003/2007 email accounts. The app also allows you to have multiple accounts from different providers so you will be able to use the app for any email accounts you need, there are no restrictions.

 

Pros

  • Any email account – The biggest advantage of K9 email over the Gmail app is that it supports every email account from any provider.
  • Push – The ability to get emails pushed to your device is a great benefit because it will save you from having to refresh the app to check for emails.
  • Free and open source – The app will not cost you a penny but still have frequent updates because the community will update it. The app has received four updates the past year.

Cons

  • Reported issues – I have had no problems with the app and by looking at the rating of the app on the Android Marketplace, the majority of people have no issues with the app. However, some people are reporting that the app doesn’t always fetch all email.

Conclusion

If you need access to an email account that isn’t Gmail then K-9 Mail is a must download. The app is just as good as the Gmail Android app in terms of functionality and user interface but includes more features and has more updates.

About the Author

Caleb is an 18 year old student from England. He bought an Android mobile over a year ago and has been a self confessed Android fan ever since. Caleb is passionate about helping people to make the most of their Android.

4 Comments on "K9 Mail – The app to use for non Gmail email accounts"

  1. AndroidUser March 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm · Reply

    Much as I loved this app – it was eating up around 7-10 MBytes on my Nexus One and will not install/run on the SD card. I’m afraid it had to go to ensure that I had rooms for MAPS and Flash and numerous other hogs!

    • calebk March 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm · Reply

      Have you tried the app recently? I saw that complaint on the Android Market so I tried the apps2sd for myself and it worked fine for me!

      • AndroidUser March 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm · Reply

        Just tried to install it again and Apps2SD does not list it as moveable and and manage application does not give an option to move it to the SD card. Even with no mail it already used up 3.48 MB so I’m afraid it’s been un-installed again!

        • calebk March 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm · Reply

          Hmmmm, that is strange! Manage applications did give me the option to move it to SD card and the app is now on the SD card. I’m not sure why it would be working for me but not you.

          Also, the app stores the mail on the SD Card so would not use any more space. I do agree with you though, 3.48 MB is far too much to store on internal storage.

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