Comparing Newton and Spark app on iOS
Newton (previously known as Cloud Magic) and Spark both are very well known softwares among Mail App lovers.
Both of these are loved globally by many and have changed the way people email on their phone. Recently with Mac Apps for both, the game has taken an all new turn.
Newton which acquired the name recently from Cloud Magic, introduced a subscription based model instead of the free one which previously they had.
Along with the name change, they brought a ton of features to the App making it a beautiful, minimal yet somehow a very powerful option for people.
These new features are referred by them as “Superchargers“.
Both the contenders do the basic emailing just fine. Syncing emails, snooze emails, drafts, Archive are pretty basic features available for both and they just perfectly work.
The major difference being here are the Features which make them stand outside the box and ofcourse the cost. So lets see what each of them has unique and also the common ones.
1) Design: Newton has a very clean design with not much clutter and options to get confused with. It can literally be used by an 80 year gradmother with little training.
But clean design doesn’t necessarily mean beautiful design. Design itself is subjective and may differ from person to person. Saying that there are NO theme options available to Newton as of today. The UI though nice may not appeal to everyone, including me, nonetheless I am sold with other bells Newton has to offer. On a note Newton has different color codes for accounts which is missing on Spark as of now.
Spark, on the other hand has a theme option and some nice UI colors on its plate. The UI looks modern, crisp and really professional. So for design we give it to Spark because of modern look and multiple themes.
2) Multiple Account support: Both these apps have most of accounts supported including Exchange and IMAP. So you are good with either of them.
3) Send Later options: One of the most powerful features of Newton is the send later option. You can compose an email now and schedule it to be send At a later date and time.
Something clearly missing in Spark and so without doubt this round goes to “Newton”.
4) One touch Unsubscibe: We do receive tons of newsletters and Newton has a beautiful “unsubscribe” button for those Newsletter emails.
As of now this is absent in Spark.
winner : “Newton”.
5) Attachment: Both Apps can attach files from iOS extension (App Drawer) and hence can be used like a Desktop class Mail App on iOS. Attaching multiple files from different sources is possible (one from icloud, two from dropbox, one from OneDrive as example) and these apps does attach the original files not just links. Pretty neat for either.
6) Undo Send: Again both have that undo send option making this a Tie.
7) Read Receipts: Another powerful feature from Newton. When you send an email to a user, Newton keeps track of that email and sends a read receipt to show if the email has been read or not. It will also show a blue double tick on the email when its read much like a chat on whatsapp.
Something Spark doesn’t have as of now. This itself makes Newton a wonderful choice and worth every penny.
Winner : Newton
8) Security : Newton has an App lock feature in iOS whereas Spark doesn’t. So for paranoid or security centric users this is of note.
For Server side email storage both do save some level of information at their end to provide features like Snooze and Push Notifications.
Still because of app lock Newton takes the cake here.
9) Draft Minimize: How many times have you started composing a new email, and after sometime wanted to refer an old mail to get an attachment or as reference.
After creating a new email in Newton you can keep it as Draft or discard it. But there is no way you can minimize it, refer something and come back again to finish the email.
Spark has thought of this and provided a minimize option making composing email a breeze. You can even minimise multiple emails.
Kudoz to Spark on this one, which takes the prize here.
10) Separate emails into Categories: Newton has no Smart Intelligence to separate emails from each other, something Spark does and does really well. It categorises emails into Inbox, Newsletters and Notifications. It really helps processing emails for people who have hundreds of them coming each day.
11) Natural Language processing: Spark allows creating some smart folders which can behave like filters. Whats interesting is it supports natural language processing like “emails with pdf attachments last week”. Just imagine that functionality.
Spark takes this one like a hawk.
12) Sender Profile: When you receive an email on Newton, tapping on the sender brings up a lot of info about the sender starting with email, company, website etc. This is a premium feature and can be of immense help to people in marketing or business.
Some comparison of features between these two apps :
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Newton wins in 8/11 items vs Spark 6/11. So our obvious choice is Newton.
OUR CHOICE – NEWTON
But that doesn’t mean Spark is not feature rich. Coming from a well known company “Readdle” who makes one of the best softwares for iOS, its a very strong contender.
Its not a straight answer to say which makes a better choice. If features like send later or sender info is crucial, then Newton will fit you better, but if auto categorise email is important then Spark may be for you now.
Both of these apps are coming up with new features everyday and we never know when the other becomes more promising.
Price can be a deciding factor for people on tight budget or students. Spark is completely free whereas Newton charges 49.99$ yearly which may be a bit of deciding factor. Personally if you email a lot and not sitting in front of computers whole day then 4$ a month seems justifiable. Thats the price of premium coffee or a snack.
So go ahead try the apps by yourself and see which fits you better. I am sure you will like both of them and definitely will stick to either.
Keep Mailing !!
Arindam @ TechDaily