When comparing Dispatch vs Microsoft Outlook, the Slant community recommends Dispatch for most people. In the question“What are the best Gmail clients for iOS?” Dispatch is ranked 4th while Microsoft Outlook is ranked 8th. The most important reason people chose Dispatch is:
Dispatch has support for 22 third-party apps, including: 1Password, Asana, Calendar, Evernote, FaceTime, Instapaper, Maps, Readability, Reminder, Things, Twitter among many others. Dispatch will scan your e-mail for dates and times, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, real-world locations/addresses, web links, etc. and offer taking action with one of the aforementioned apps.
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Pro Integrates with a wide variety of other services
Dispatch has support for 22 third-party apps, including: 1Password, Asana, Calendar, Evernote, FaceTime, Instapaper, Maps, Readability, Reminder, Things, Twitter among many others.
Dispatch will scan your e-mail for dates and times, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, real-world locations/addresses, web links, etc. and offer taking action with one of the aforementioned apps.
Pro Supports TextExpander touch snippet expansion
TextExpander is a text macro tool that can, among other things, autofill your adress, signature, etc. It does that with a feature called 'snippets' and Dispatch has that functionality built in so you can respond to your e-mails quicker.
Pro Quick actions on swipe
A short swipe off the message will bring up a menu with 5 options of interacting with the message: mark it read, star/flag it, archive it, move it to a folder of choice, or delete it.
A longer swipe will initiate a user-configured "quick action" such as archiving or marking the message as junk.
Pro Automatic salutation
When you're replying to a message, Dispatch will check the sender name and automatically start the message with Hi Name,. You can choose to turn it off completely or configure to take place only in certain situations.
Pro Background refresh
Dispatch will download mail in the background so you don't have to wait for it to update when you open your app.
Pro Clean design
The design of dispatch is minimalistic and intuitive if you've ever used gestures. An uncommon design choice includes focusing on the body of the text when choosing to compose a message and filling out the subject and who to send the message to later.
Pro Integrates with cloud storage services
Microsoft Outlook comes with built-in cloud storage browser allowing you to attach files directly from services such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or OneDrive to emails and directly open attached files without the need for the main cloud storage app.
Pro Good built-in calendar
The calendar includes agenda, day and three-day views.
Pro Quick swipe features
Microsoft Outlook comes with quick swipe features where users can quickly swipe the thread either from left (to schedule) or right (to delete or archive). Additionally, users can also customize the swipe actions to, for example, set swipe from left to archive or swipe from right to delete.
Pro Excellent notifications center calendar widget
Pro Good built-in contacts
In addition to showing contact information, the People section of Outlook can show all conversations you've had with a person. Moreover, if you're looking for someone that's not in your contact's list, but is in your company's or school's directory, Outlook can pull that information through integration with Global Address List (GAL).
Pro Helps prioritize email
The app will automatically attempt to figure out which emails are important to you and surface those. The priority emails will show up in your inbox in a tab called Focused, with other emails in a tab called Other. It aims to separate spam and promotional emails from the important emails.
Pro Integrates with Microsoft services
Con iPhone only
Dispatch has no iPad version.
Con Doesn't follow security guidelines
The app stores user information and credentials on outside servers which is a violation of ActiveSync password requirement policies. These security concerns have been enough of an issue that European Parliament has banned its members from using the app out of fear that it might lead to leaking sensitive information.