One of the most common critiques of the PlayBook, even before launch, was the lack of a native email, calendar and contacts application. While RIM has promised that they would take care of these issues in an update that should be out soon, 3rd party application developers have come forth to bridge the gap (yes pun intended).
aiFlex developed aMail, which is a native email client for the BlackBerry PlayBook that can support up to 10 accounts using various forms of authentication and easy to use presets for your favorite email services (gmail, hotmail etc.) The application has been submitted to AppWorld and is as of this posting, still awaiting approval.
Check out a preview video for aMail — aMail for PlayBook
More ScreenShots and Features List after the break-
aMail looks as though they have some pretty neat stuff going on with this application, my only concern is that these third party developers are spending an awful lot of time working on applications that RIM has promised will be out soon. It would be a shame to see the native app launch before aMail receives approval.
-High Performance Native Application
- Uses the best features available to sync with mail servers
- High performance and rapid message download from accounts
-Secure Access and local file security
- Supports common standards of mail system POP3 and IMAP4
- Access multiple mailboxes securely (uses SSL / TLS)
- User account details are always secure
- Local mail files are encrypted
-Easy Message Viewing
- Swipe down for email accounts overview.
- Use your on device soft keyboard, swiping up from the lower bezel edge for text input.
- Animated message transitions.
-Convenience and Ease of Use
- Manages up to 10 email accounts separately from within a single App
- Work offline when not connected and synchronize later
- Direct type input
- Smoother interface than using Webmail in local browser
Coming soon attachments, multitouch gestures.