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    John Doe says:

    i have had the built in email app mangle my hotmail messges many times, to my friends and family. it changes all apostrophes to a string of symbols and numbers.
    really broke my heart.

    finally realized itwas google’s work.

    i realized then that Google is
    evil.

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    belushi says:

    Because of my love for dark backgrounds,i kind of like the native email app. Though i must admit i love the gmail app.
    I dont have any problem reading from the mail app though.

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      says:

      belushi,

      Do you have your Note’s brightness cranked all the way up? In natural light, I struggle to read that grey text on the black background that is used for the message preview. Of course, once the email is opened, it is quite readable.

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    Efe says:

    @Mr Mo and Tobi, exactly. Sometimes we forget that the android we play with on different devices is heavily modified. That is what i was referring to when i mentioned the native browser.

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    Tobi says:

    hello, that generic email app has been modified by samsung. that screenshot has samsung touchwiz written all over it even my HTC ‘s email app isn’t like that. it’s not Google’s fault but Samsung’s that it looks like that.Have u used the genetic email app on a nexus device our any stock android? it’s almost the same as the Gmail app. go and check it out

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      says:

      Hi Tobi,

      I have checked a stock Android ICS smartphone, and it appears that you are correct. The generic email app is different and much easier to read. I shall have to do a retraction. This is Samsung’s fault; not Google’s.

      Thanks.

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    Afewgoodmen ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    True. The email app on android is not just fresh. Remind one of a half boiled egg. It is like Google began the project then bored down, then forced itself to finish it. The email app is life an anachronism to an otherwise nice OS and UI, despite some glaring omission.

    I’ve tried k9, but coming from an iOS background, the ui & ux didn’t doesn’t just cut it.

    I agree with Mr. Mobility, that email app is crapp. Google needs to do something about it.

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    Efe says:

    Mr Mo, i think you should chech if you have power saver enabled. My galaxy tab only displays black background for the email app if Power Saver is enabled. I think it is samsungs way of reducing the amount of power the screen, especially AMOLED, uses when you read emails. As you may know, white background makes AMOLED consume much more power. I think you would notice the same dark background if the Galaxy Note uses the samsung native browser with power saver turned on. To confirm if its a samsung or android issue, check you other android phones from different OEMs to see if you have the same problem. I use a Sony phone and the generic email app is standard. No dark background.

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      says:

      Efe, I checked. Same dark background and hard-to-read text regardless of whether Power Saving is on or not. Without power saving, it is a wee bit brighter, but still suffers in readability.

      You mentioned “Samsung native browser”. I am not aware that Samsung ships their own browser on their Android smartphones. I have used the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Pocket, and played with the Galaxy S III. None of them have such a browser.

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    ITUA JUSTUS says:

    SWITCH TO WONDOWS PHONE , COZ EMAIL APPLICATION ON THE WINDOWS PHONE HAS BEEN A LIFE SAVER FOR ME,

    WORKS PRETTY WELL. THE BUILT HISTORY SEARCH BETWEEN PEOPLE HUB AND EMAIL APPLICATION IS SUPER.

    I HAVE GOT THE MICROSOFT SURFACE RT TABLET AND AM ENJOYING EVERY MINUTES.

    MICROSOFT IS BUILDING AN ECOSYSTEM THAT WORKS WELL.

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    Harry Echemco says:

    Mr. Mo! I’m sure you are making a point here.

    To be sincere here, I generally prefer white text on black backgrounds themes where that is possible in most app I use. For example, Quick Bible, Open Bibles, K9 Mail, Cool Reader, FBReader etc. I can say that is better, but if I’m to choose between the two email appose based on there looks as presented in the screenshots, I will go for the generic.

    If the mail app does not allow changing the interfaces or themes, then I consider that a minus. I’ve stopped using the bundled email apps on my device since I realized that I couldn’t configure Yahoo! mail to work with any of the two email apps that came with my phone. I needed first to install the official Yahoo! Mail for Android which gives a poor experience. I’ve been using K9 Mail ever since and I believe it is better than the official Yahoo! Mail, Gmail and the generic mail apps or any other mail app I’ve tried on Android and I have very little to complain about ever since.

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    Noni ( User Karma: 1 ) says:

    Uh, boss, I don’t recognise the “generic Gmail” you have there. Didn’t have it on my HTC Desire, SE Ray or Nexus 7. The top one I have had consistently on each device though.

    This is my first time of seeing it. Maybe it’s for vampires, night workers or a special Naija PHCN limited edition email app?

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      says:

      Noni,

      Ha! I doubt that you have ever set up a non-Gmail email on your droids. This stupid generic email app has been in Android since the garden of Eden :-)

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