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I have been using Mail and I really don't like it. I have tried Thunderbird, Entourage and Postbox and do not like any of them either.

I need a clear and unified way to check all my mails and also a very non-intrusive spam filter.

Edit: The thing, that I hate about Mail is:

  • Its hard to get a collated view of all my mails. I have multiple classifications, that does not make much sense, some mails end up in Important and Junk at the same time. What is the point of having both Junk and Spam.

  • Sent Items are not maintained properly. I would expect the items sent from other mail client to be visible.

  • The Junk mail algorithm is faulty and I have missed a whole lot of important mails recently.

  • Maintaining multiple account is difficult. I have found myself sending same email thread using different email accounts. ( I think mail has memory on what is the last used email account)

  • Mail threads are difficult to read. It creates multiple copy of the mail thread.

What I would like in the optimal email client:

  • Simple, single unified view.

  • Seamless handing of multiple email accounts.

  • Ability to handle Hotmail and Microsoft exchange accounts.

  • Better Junk mail classification algorithm.

  • Maintain better record of past conversations, including sent mails.

  • Good interoperability with Calendar and possibly other related services (like chat client).

Edit 2: I had further analyzed my problem with Mail and I have found out, that the problem has been with Gmail's interaction with Mail. I was quick to judge, Mail as a faulty piece of software. I have found an very useful link, that has addressed, almost all of my problems, http://www.macworld.com/article/1157846/mailgmail.html. Sorry again, for a very nebulous question and being very judgmental. (I am a programmer, judging things is in my genes ;) )

Also I have been trying SpamSieve and the faulty behavior of spam filter is mostly user error. In this case, me providing faulty training data to the software, by clicking on all junk emails and not marking enough mails as junk.

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Welcome to Ask Different. As written, this question is highly subjective. Our community is geared around questions that can be, for the most part, answered with facts, not opinions. Please see the FAQ for more information. –  jaberg May 2 '12 at 17:38
    
I realized that it was an subjective question. Getting opinions from highly qualified personals, is how we can try to find the best answers to some of these questions and the best form of statistical analysis. So can I still keep this question open? (and besides there are many other questions like this in the forum, like apple.stackexchange.com/questions/3653/…) –  doc_180 May 2 '12 at 17:40
    
You are not really explaining what exactly you don't like about Apple Mail, or the other clients you mention. If you did that, this might become a workable question. –  Pekka 웃 May 2 '12 at 17:46
    
As written your question will produce a laundry list of mail clients. You provide no support for your reasons for disliking Mail or any of the other top contenders in the class. We have little or nothing upon which to base recommendations. You are always welcome to edit and improve your questions. Even a closed question (which yours is not—yet) can be reopened. The question you linked to isn't particularly good in my eyes either, but at least it was specific. Regards! –  jaberg May 2 '12 at 17:46
    
It would be more helpful if you could provide a few more details. How many different email addresses do you check? What domains are they on (Yahoo, Google GMail, etc.)? Are they configured for IMAP or POP, or both? Can you give an example of an email client that you DO like, on any other platform (Windows, Linux?). –  Wheat Williams May 2 '12 at 17:47
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Its hard to pick a best it really is up to what works best for you! I would recommend searching around for more mac e-mail clients using your favorite search engine and try as man as you can. This Wikipedia list will get you started Comparison of email clients for some more e-mail clients to research.

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