Mail clients are pretty thin on the ground for Android devices. It’s strange when you think about it, because almost every other corner of the Android Market is rammed with choice, well enter Kaiten Mail. A neat new client with a few tricks up its sleeve, albeit one that still manages to suffer the same problems that blight the Gmail app. The app it a decent-looking piece of kit, and intuitive to use right from the off. You log into your email account and Kaiten Mail does the rest, downloading your settings direct from your email provider.
A slider bar at the top of the screen allows you to split your view, displaying an email in the bottom pane and your inbox in another. Kaiten Mail certainly has the edge over most other email clients in the looks department. It’s a neat little package that’s wonderfully easy on the eye, and you’ll find almost everything you want within a few taps of your fingers. Long-pressing on an email opens up a whole raft of options, from replying to finding more mail from that sender.
One thing the app doesn’t let you do is create new folders for your email account. You’re able to move things around in the folders you’ve already created, but if you receive a new email that you want to start a new folder for, you’re going to have to do it online rather than in-app. You can pinch and double-tap to zoom in an email, but Kaiten Mail quite often gets confused over what you’re trying to do and you end up staring at a blank screen instead of the text you were trying to enlarge.
Kaiten Mail is a nice-looking and easy-to-use mail client. It offers a lot of features and touches that you won’t find anywhere else. The problem is, it doesn’t do enough to justify its price tag. If you’ve got multiple email addresses and you want to keep track of them in one place then it’s a godsend, but for the rest of us, there aren’t enough customisation options to set it apart from the apps most phones come pre-installed with. It’s good, it’s just not quite good enough.