Fellow attorney and recent Android convert, Nichole Moisant, recently asked me to weigh in on the best email client for Android.

My response was Gmail, since I love how easy it works with email, especially if you’re a Google Apps user.

Gmail for Android

But then I got to thinking about the many people that don’t like Gmail, or (heaven forbid) don’t want to use Gmail for their messages.

Of course, there are some other options, so I thought I’d lay out a few here. (Yes, I’m also going to answer Nichole’s SMS question.)

The best email options for Android that aren’t Gmail

If you’re looking for a Gmail alternative, here’s a few that’ll fit your fancy. They’re in no particular order.

MailDroid – Email Application

MailDroid (free) is getting a lot of publicity for its stylistic and easy-to-use interface.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of this ad-supported email client (you can pay $17.99 to remove ads; ouch), but the application features great IMAP, POP3, and WebDav handling.


Other users like the fact that MailDroid offers customization and support for Microsoft Exchange.

Get this app on Google Play

Kaiten Mail

Dan Seigel, my ABA Techshow 2014 co-presenter, offered Kaiten Mail ($4.99) as his go-to email app.

Kaiten Mail

Dan tells me that Kaiten Mail gives him the truest Microsoft Outlook experience. Kaiten Mail enable Microsoft Exchange connectability (I haven’t had too much success in my attempts), and support for IMAP, POP3, and WebDav email. Dan also likes the fact that Kaiten Mail has a more robust signature feature than Gmail.

Get this app on Google Play

K9 Mail

Tomorrow, if Gmail disappears as an email client, I’m moving to K9 Mail (free).


I used K9 Mail as my Gmail client well before Google released Gmail app. It’s that good, and it probably improved ten-fold since I last used the application. (Disclosure: I haven’t used this app for about 2 years.)

I also like that K9 Mail is open source, so other developers help to constantly improve the application.

Get this app on Google Play


CloudMagic (free) purports to be the go-to resource for all things “cloud email” — if you want POP3, IMAP, or self-hosted Exchange, you’re out of luck.


Get this app on Google Play

SolMail – All-in-One Email App

SolMail – All-in-One Email App (free) looks like another good option. I’m taking someone’s recommendation on this one, plus their promo video uses a Samsung Galaxy S3 (Nichole has an S5).

SolMail syncs with IMAP and POP3 email accounts. I also like that the app gives you the ability to view messages as a conversation, rather than having to find each prior email.

Options for MS Exchange

I’ve given a couple of prior recommendations on working with Exchange accounts, but let me reiterate that I think Touchdown works the best.


The truth is out there

If you’re looking to find the second best email client an alternative for Gmail, a number of Android developers have you covered. Is your favorite app not listed? Why do you love that app so much? What makes it so special? Let me know in the comments below.

Jeff Taylor

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Greg · July 17, 2014 at 11:24 am

I’ve used cloud magic (after trying a few out) for my personal yahoo email. It works great, and I like it much better than that ad based yahoo one.

Rob · July 17, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Take a look at Nine – Exchange Activesync. It’s my holy grail of exchange apps. It’s pretty new. The developer is very responsive. I love it.

neubi · July 18, 2014 at 9:41 am

I’m using mailbe.at because of the option to filter emails

David · July 20, 2014 at 4:38 am

I’m using ” Email Client for Exchange + ” email app, it works very good for me.
give it a try, it’s free:


Dave · July 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I reiterate support for Nine. It is excellent.

Brandon Powell Wilson · March 26, 2015 at 7:40 am

Been using K9 now my office emails for several years. Works well.

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