Microsoft’s Windows Mobile has traditionally been an enterprise user’s darling – features like its domain integration made the product extremely easy to manage. However, not all is good: the IMAP client is not exactly useful. Can FlexMail stack up?
WebIS’s flagship product is centered across two views – one of the two is the folder list. It shows all ‘accounts’ on the handset:
Clicking on a folder lets you look at the emails. A Outlook-style preview panel is available for easy viewing:
When opening an email, the sender data is not shown immediately – you have to scroll up for the full scoop:
FlexMail might not be too flexible when it comes to formatting outgoing email. However, it allows for a variety of quoting styles and can even manage and request (!!!) read receipts:
Background downloading of emails is a non-issue. The program presents itself pretty chatty and makes extensive use of notifications:
Power users will be delighted to hear about the multi-window capabilities of the program. They allow you to edit one email and look at another one ‘at the same time’.
Version 4.1 added threaded SMS support:
While this is not bad on its own, it blocks access to the default SMS/MMS tool via the start menu:
For future versions, webIS must definitely overhaul the contact management – if I enter an email address once, I want it cached…even if it isn’t in the address book. Furthermore, the program still crashes from time to time (approx 1 in 1000 emails, device restart required) – this is unavoidable for a HTML renderer, but should be minimized.
This review looked at version 4.10 of FlexMail on an XPERIA X1 running its stock version of Windows Mobile. Memory usage starts out at 5MB, and then depends on the number and size of emails downloaded. Running FlexMail from a memory card is possible, even though RAM installs tend to deliver more speed.
In the end, my delay at writing this review can and should be the best possible endorsement for the program. It has managed my email without one outage for the last year – if you own an IMAP server, throw the 10$ on the table NOW. You would be stupid not to…