The iOS 13 update was a nightmare for Apple. It brought a lot of problems to the user, and it also broke basic services like Apple Mail for many. The majority are already looking for alternatives to Apple Mail. In our research, we found two excellent options for Apple Mail on iOS, Outlook, and Spike mail.
Microsoft bought the popular email application Acompli and renamed it as Outlook Mail. After some time, the software giant acquired another productivity tool called the sunrise calendar and integrated its functionality into the Outlook mail application. As a result, it is one of the best email apps on the iOS platform.
Spike Mail is taking a different path to attract users. It removes unnecessary items from the mail and only displays relevant information to the user. Their unique approach has gained them many users in a short period of time.
In this post, we will compare Outlook and Spike via user interface, features, calendar add-on, theme, price, and more. Let’s get started.
Availability across platforms
I expected Outlook to sweep access to every platform, including Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS. But to my surprise, Spike Mail is also available on all major platforms like Outlook.
Microsoft installed it here. Outlook Mail is one of the best email applications. Attention to detail is excellent. Icons, UX, and gestures are nicely designed. It uses the Blue/White theme, which matches its desktop counterparts as well. The app supports iOS 13 dark mode as well.
Spike follows the standard iOS design for the user interface. I love how the app gets rid of the hamburger and sticks to the bottom menus for navigation. The entire user interface is designed to make it look like a chat app. It is the unique Spike factor and the main reason why the app is attracting so many new users.
Currently, it is necessary to invest in an email application that provides a capable email organization. Apple Mail loses on this front. As for Outlook, it offers a “focused inbox” function, which filters out unnecessary emails and shows only relevant messages to users.
You can find email messages left in your other inbox or spam folder. The entire system is AI powered, and you can even manually set the rules for sending the email to the focused inbox. Microsoft provides this flexibility. Another good addition is the unsubscribe button. You don’t have to scroll down to find the little opt-out option, the app provides this option up front. Tap on it, and you’re good to go.
Speaking of Spike, Google Inbox will remind you. Displays the conversation of the most important people in the house. The rest is pushed away in the other inbox. Spike also allows you to unsubscribe or block email senders from your email list.
You can click on the relevant mail and move it to the priority box to see it on the main screen. One can also access the most used conversations from top user profiles.
As I mentioned earlier, Outlook offers a powerful calendar experience in the app. It recently earned a place in the top five calendar apps for iOS list. Besides the base event, event entries can also be imported from Facebook, Evernote, and Wunderlist.
An interesting calendar is an excellent addition. Users can add sporting events from cricket, tennis, basketball and football. They can also merge TV series schedules by region.
Adding a spike to the calendar is fairly basic. You can click on the upper left corner and select calendars to make them available in the app. While adding an event, one can add details like event name, time, notes, attachments, URL and more.
Microsoft Outlook allows you to add a custom signature. It also supports iOS widget and tap and hold menu to create new mail, new event or calendar view. I like the addition of the filter menu and powerful search. It quickly takes you to the mail you’re looking for.
Other features include Siri Shortcuts support, Face ID protection for an extra layer of security, and the ability to open web links in any browser you want. Being a Microsoft product, it perfectly syncs with the Microsoft To-Do app. One can report an email in Outlook, and it will be saved in the Reported Email section of the Task Manager app.
I use it all the time. I reported my credit card statement and set a bill payment reminder in the Microsoft To-Do app.
Spike’s biggest advantage is how it handles email conversations between your friends or family. Removes unnecessary items and displays them only in a conversational/media way.
You can also create groups and have a group chat via email, and Spike will make it feel like a regular group chat for an instant messaging app. The remaining functions include Face ID support, swipe gestures, and email snooze.
Microsoft Outlook is completely free to use. However, the desktop Mac app requires an Office 365 subscription. Spike is mostly free for personal use. There is a Pro version that costs $6 a month. So you get automated rules, video and audio meetings, unlimited group chats, and more.
Zero access to inbox
As you can see from the comparison above, both Outlook and Spike are excellent alternatives to Apple Mail. Outlook beats Spike with a focused inbox, better calendar integration, and a better user interface. Spike is directly better for chat and group emails. PE is superior to Microsoft Outlook.