Sparrow for iPhone debuted earlier this year as one of the first third-party email clients to ever land in the App Store. While it’s received a lot of praise for its UI, it continues to be criticized for its lack of features.

The jailbreak community has managed to help out with that a bit. But thanks to today’s update, stock iPhone users can too cross a major feature off their wish lists. Sparrow 1.3 now supports POP email accounts…

This means that users can now set up Hotmail, Yahoo and other popular POP accounts (for instance, Comcast Cable accounts are POP) within the app, bringing the client up to snuff with its desktop counterpart.

Still noticeably missing from Sparrow’s list of features is support for push notifications, but the developers have already said it’s coming in a future update. The team is also working on an iPad version of the app.

But perhaps the addition of POP support this time around is enough to convert you to a believer. And if that’s the case, you can find Sparrow in the App Store for $2.99.

What do you think of Sparrow so far?

  • Javier Gore

    No push, no buy. Period.

    • It does work, but you need to reboot your device and receive few email. Then head to notifications and find sparrow banner, make sure it is activated. It worked for me numerous times since i had to restore the phone and ipad couple timesssss

  • WUJUUUU!!!!

  • Still not sure if I should make the switch to Sparrow. Lack of Push notifications keeps be at bay.

    • jose castro

      one word……………. cydia

      • I dont believe any tweaks work for 1.3 as of yet, per Sparrow+ developer FreeManRepo, the ETA for his tweak is 06.24.12. Till then I’m back to mail.app.

      • Push doesn’t work when using Sparrow+. I am back to square one.

      • It does work, but you need to reboot your device and receive few email. Then head to notifications and find sparrow banner, make sure it is activated. It worked for me numerous times since i had to restore the phone and ipad couple timess

  • notewar

    about time

  • Dan

    I’ve tried a few times to replace the stock mail app with this one but I just can’t settle with it. The push doesn’t seem to work perfectly and sparrow doesn’t really play nice with lockinfo. Imo the stock mail app is responsive and well made. Sparrow does look great visually, but messages and images don’t load as fast for me as with the stock app. (This being on an iPhone 4).

    • Kok Hean

      There’s native push support?

      • Dan

        no it’s a jailbreak tweak called Sparrow+ I think, it’s not reliable imo

      • Kok Hean

        Its odd how I can say the exact same thing. I’ve been trying to get used to using Sparrow instead of the stock Mail app, but it just doesn’t feel right.

        Sparrow+ doesn’t even work on this version of Sparrow (yet).

      • It does work, but you need to reboot your device and receive few email. Then head to notifications and find sparrow banner, make sure it is activated. It worked for me numerous times since i had to restore the phone and ipad couple times.

      • Thanks for the tip, push and the banner notification work npw

      • Thanks for the tip, push and banner notification work now!

  • MOST IMPORTANT! Need a way to have the ios email notifications open sparrow by default. Or am I missing that? I installed Sparrow+, but did not see a configuration option for that, nor did it work out of the box. Thanks!

    • Settings>Sparrow+>Default Client Sparrow>On

  • d5th

    gmail=pro shit apple as a whole = fail

  • I would love to try sparrow someday, but it won’t except any of my email accounts. I thought this update would fix that but it didn’t… So I give up!

  • it crushes when I move spam mails into spam box, and they are still in the inbox after I reopen the app:( and you right, it cancels out sparrow+. should have waited to upgrade.

    • Damian w is right, push works, just follow what he said

      • did what he says. No push whatsoever

      • I would also try reinstalling sparrow+(not sparrow push) and then reboot from safemode. I don’t have the intelliscreen so this could be the issue as you say.

        But again its working for me.

  • sparrow is not compatible with intelliscreenX…

    • SimonReidy

      I use the two with no ptoblems

      • Intelliscreen doesnt display mail from sparrow on the notification center

      • Simon Reidy

        Hmm weird. I get Sparrow push, banner notifications and perfect integration with IntelliscreenX (push a Sparrow notification and it takes me straight to Sparrow). I tried to post a screenshot from my dropbox but iDB won’t allow it.

  • I cant add my yahoo account in this version could somebody help me?

  • I Like Sparrow. It’s very nicely Put. I love the fact that it’s universal and has just ONE..box for ALL my Mail. But like others suggested..it would be NICE..to have a PUSH notification.

  • Other than the UI, I see no difference in this and the OE Mail app, except for that small thing of letting me know when I have mail.

  • So I committed to Sparrow for a month or so (with Sparrow+ push from Cydia). Have no complaints about the push aspect. It’s the interface that I just can’t get used to.

    – the swipe-left at the message list options have an archive option that looks too close to the move-to-folder icon (and if it’s a gmail account, then it ONLY has that as a filing option (no move-to-folder). I guess being a @me user for years, I don’t ‘get’ the gmail label/tag thing. The idea is to stick it all into one big folder (“archive”) and tag it with colors? Ok..well..that doesn’t integrate with the folder organization i have on my other accounts. In fact, no matter what the originating account (@me, @gmail) I file stuff in my main iCloud-based account folders. It is a major PITA to get this done in Sparrow. (For the record, I have a couple vanity domain emails that use gmail on the back end – used to use GoDaddy – which is why I’m a baffled late-comer to the gmail methodology.) But it’s much less confusing on AppleMail to get this done.

    – Sometimes the text formatting is crazy. If there’s an image, along with text, the text becomes microscopic. Same email doesn’t do it in Mail.

    – Two days ago, I abandoned it for Mail again. Mostly, I just miss the faces in the inbox.