When comparing Alpine vs Hiri, the Slant community recommends Alpine for most people. In the question“What are the best native e-mail clients for Linux?” Alpine is ranked 9th while Hiri is ranked 12th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Extremely user-friendly
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 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 Simple and modern UI/UX design
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 Dead product
No release in well over a year, no support, and a permanent "never to be repeated" offer. This product is now looking like a con itself.
Con Not free
You have to subscribe to a paid plan to use it.
Con Cannot unsubscribe or cancel service
Cancellation requests go unanswered but the yearly invoices continue to arrive and credit card is charged.