When comparing Dispatch vs Spark, the Slant community recommends Spark for most people. In the question“What are the best Gmail clients for iOS?” Spark is ranked 2nd while Dispatch is ranked 3rd.
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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 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 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 Custom quick swipe features
Pro Robust customization options
Pro Syncs across devices
Pro Unified inbox
Pro Free snooze options
Con iPhone only
Dispatch has no iPad version.
- 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 support many services
Many services such as Spam filters, Pocket, and other apps are not supported.
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.