One of the core reasons why users purchase phones with a Qwerty keyboard can best be summed up as mobile email. Unfortunately, Nokia’s included email client is squarely aimed at casual users – if you are a diehard IMAP junkie, it will not leave you satisfied. Can ProfiMail fill the void?
The first thing you will note about ProfiMail is that it is “different”. And indeed, its layout is somewhat strangle-looking…but allows you to see a preview of the emails in question:
Emails get rendered ‘on request’. ProfiMail can download images, and does a decent job at rendering HTML emails:
Flags are synchronized with the server. This makes keeping track of emails a lot easier, as a message which was replied to on the phone is also replied to on the desktop. Of course, replies are sent home automatically as well:
Messages can be moved to other folders only if you have an active data connection. This is a minor nuisance while roaming; the window is very small and makes hitting the correct folder with a finger difficult:
Attachment support is implemented as it should be. Attachments are shown at the bottom left, and are downloaded on request:
The program is very flexible – it has literally hundreds of settings:
This review looked at version 3.30 of FlexMail on a Nokia N97 mini. The program seems to move its data to the external memory, and thus works well.
In the end, heavy IMAP users have no choice except to cough up the 28$ the manufacturer charges. The program is a bit less powerful than classic email programs like FlexMail for now-ancient Windows Mobile devices, but is by far the best email client for Symbian.
A must have if you do IMAP…