When comparing Spark vs Mailspring, the Slant community recommends Spark for most people. In the question“What are the best e-mail clients for macOS?” Spark is ranked 5th while Mailspring is ranked 7th.
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Pro Custom quick swipe features
Pro Free snooze options
Pro Robust customization options
Pro Neat UI
The UI is very well designed and neat.
Pro CPU / battery efficient
Mailspring uses a C++ sync engine designed to be as efficient as possible, so you can leave the app running and not see your laptop battery life drain away.
Pro Great integration with Gmail
Mailspring has great integration with gmail features and tags.
Pro Unified inbox
Using a single inbox for all of your email accounts helps you get more done in less time. Mailspring supports every major mail provider—Gmail, iCloud, Office 365, Outlook.com, Yahoo!, and IMAP/SMTP—so you have a single, streamlined command center for all your messages.
Pro Snoozing support
You can swipe to archive / snooze messages and specify when you'd like them to resurface in your inbox.
Pro Read receipts and link tracking
Activity tracking is built into Mailspring so you get notified as soon as contacts read your messages and can follow up appropriately.
Pro Unlimited number of accounts
Only in the paid version though.
- Sends statistical data to several services known for bad privacy policies (Google, Facebook), also there's no way to opt out.
- Automatically creates an acount with the first address entered and subscribes you to their newsletter.
- Stores credentials for your email accounts on their servers.
- Stores your emails on their servers to push them to your devices.
- Server infrastructure seems to be located in the US.
Con Doesn't show the counts of emails next to the folders
- On the Mac platform will show +999 for the folder that contains more than 1000 emails.
- On the iPhone, the platform will not show the counts next to the folder unless they are new emails.
Con Doesn't support many services
Many services such as Spam filters, Pocket, and other apps are not supported.
Con Can't use without creating a Mailspring ID
There is no need to create a third party ID for an email client. What if the Mailspring closes in the future - can't install a previously downloaded Mailspring software any more to continue using it or access your stored emails?
Con No addressbook
Con Pro subscription model
To use some features, like contact profiles and link tracking more than a few times a month, you need to pay for a Pro subscription.
Con No portable windows (.zip) bundle available
Con Does not support POP
Con Very limited user interface
No way to see the messages as a list, no way to rearrange views.
Con No way to see messages as plain text
And HTML is only optional.
Con UI is sluggish (Windows)
Click and only after a tiny delay (~half second) something happens.
Con Does not support multi-user installation (Windows)
But instead installs to the user's home directory.