When comparing Alpine vs Nylas N1, the Slant community recommends Nylas N1 for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux email clients?” Nylas N1 is ranked 6th while Alpine is ranked 8th.
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Pro On-screen contextual help
Alpine has contextual help that can be displayed on-screen. Removing the need to consult the man pages every time you forget a command or how to do something inside it.
Pro Can use the built-in text editor or can be integrated with another text editor
Alpine comes with pico, a lightweight text editor which can also be used as a standalone tool. It can also be integrated with vi, vim, emacs, etc... if the user prefers to do so.
Pro Extremely user-friendly
Pro Beautiful UI
Pro Open Source
Pro Has introduced features that are not available in better-known apps
Like a 'new generation' app - quite a revelation in simple addition of various emails from separate providers with different forms of password/2-step/other verification and sign ins - all failed by many better known apps on this list.
Con Updates are not frequent
Alpine is not updated frequently. This means that new features, bug fixes or security updates come much later than in other email clients.
Con E-mail is synced in their own servers
aha - but Nylas is no longer N1 since January 2017.
This no longer applies!
Con High memory usage
Hige CPU and GPU usage for a mail client. Some computers may struggle and be slowed down by it.
Con Weak support
Bug fixes take too long to be released.
Con Custom IMAP accounts can not sync
Con High CPU usage
Con No more free version
Now 'Basic' is free. Basic is very good.
'Pro' is overkill for most users.