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Old 24th April 2008, 11:52   #1
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Default Personal Solutions For Push E-Mail On The E Series

Most of you know what push mail is. Basically it means that emails are pushed to our devices instead of being pulled from the server, hence we donít need to continually check our inboxes. Until some time ago, the only available solution was BlackBerry service.

Push Email

RIM (Research In Motion, the company that makes BlackBerry devices) developed a compatible application called BlackBerry Connect to use non-BlackBerry devices with the BlackBerry service. Nevertheless, this application has not been homologated on all carriers, making a lot of S60 devices useless, despite the fact that we can indeed connect to BlackBerry servers. Beside it, sometimes we only want to check our personal emails because not all of us are corporate users and the whole BlackBerry service package is, to say, overkill.

This time, we will review two applications that can be a replacement to BlackBerry devices. I have narrowed the options to only two applications because I have tested them specifically on the E50, checking RAM usage, stability and overall performance. A much extended review can be found at All About Symbian. Since we are referring specifically to the E50, the options have been chosen to what fits best on this device. Other applications have not been chosen due to different reasons (either they consume too much memory, or they donít fit nicely on the E50)

Just to note, the applications have been tested with a Gmail account, with POP access enabled, and both applications have been tested only with 24◊7 push email settings, meaning, they are pushing emails all the time.
System Seven

The first choice that we have is System SEVEN by SEVEN Networks. Not to repeat what has been already said on the quoted article at All About Symbian, the future of this beta program is unknown, and we do not know if the final release will be free or not. The following is an overview of pros and cons:
Pros

* Emails can be truncated at any size. For people living in countries where carriers charge a lot for data transfer, email truncated at 1KB is enough to read sender, subject and first words of the email. The application provides through the menu the option to retrieve the complete email, and separately attachments (if any).

* Stability. It is indeed very stable. The connection can be paused at any time, and resuming it consumes just a few bytes and is very fast. New emails start to fall in the device inbox just a few seconds later.

* You can set more than one inbox for pushing simultaneously.

Cons

* Consumes more RAM than the other application tested, and for example, you canít run simultaneously Active Standby, System SEVEN and Nokia Maps.

* Emails canít be deleted on the device only yet. If you delete an email on the device it will be deleted on your Gmail account too.

Emoze

The second application tested is emoze. This has been selected as Editorís Choice in the mentioned article on All About Symbian, and not without reasons:
Pros

* Consumes less RAM than any other email pushing application.

* It is fast*, really fast (most of the time, my emails arrive to my device even before the Gmail Notifier on my notebook tells me that a new email has arrived)

* It is very stable

* You can delete emails on your device only, your Gmail account will not be touched.

* With additional software, you can push your desktop email to your device, making possible to push any email that can be retrieved via your email desktop client (though, unfortunately, this additional application works with just a few POP desktop clients, namely Outlook and Lotus Notes).

* Scheduling is much more advanced on emoze, you can set specific days and times in which emoze will active push mail.

* When an HTML formatted email is sent, emoze strips all html tags, leaving a text-only email. This saves a lot of characters, and makes emails easily readable.

Cons

* You can only truncate messages to 5KB (less than 5000 chars) or 8KB (less than 8000 chars).

* Even if it uses much less RAM than any other email pushing application, you still canít run at the same time Active Standby, emoze and Nokia Maps.

* You can set only one account.

* Startup takes much longer due to database integrity check on both device and server.

Conclusion

Both applications have their pros and cons. For me, one of the biggest advantages of System SEVEN is the possibility to truncate any email at 1KB and retrieve the whole email and/or their respective attachments. However, the fact that any email deleted on my device will be deleted also at my Gmail account is quite a big issue since the main idea of Gmail is not to delete any email anymore.

The only disadvantage of emoze is that emails cannot be truncated to less than 5KB. Considering the fact that we are testing applications to push personal email to our devices, I donít see the ďone inbox onlyĒ option as disadvantage (though this can be considered as disadvantage by many of you).

Finally, the unknown future of System SEVEN is a factor to consider before making a final decision. Despite the usual disclosure letter, emoze seems to be on the path of staying as a free service for personal use.

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Stirring up an old thread. Nishant, any opinions on the E71 / E72 push email capability? Need a phone for email but not a BB.
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@flyingspur- E72 comes with out of the box capabilities for push email. You can use the free Nokia account for all your emails, or have each account setup individually. I have setup my phone with individual accounts for GMail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, and my work email.
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Thanks Phoenix. Continuing this on the other thread.

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Well, I was a loyal user of Nokia Messaging from the day it was LAUNCHED.....until last week.

From the last 3-4 weeks (basically from the time Nokia made push mail free for all), I started noticing problems. Mails would sometimes not get pushed real time, or jumble up between mailboxes. I uninstalled and reinstalled the application many times. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didnt.

During this period, I also got E72 and tried push mail on that. It works beautifully, in fact better than E71.

But then I got back to E71 and upgraded the firmware also (since the changelog mentioned 'improved email functionality'). However, it was never the same. Since I dont have an option to downgrade to an earlier firmware, I cannot blame the fault to firmware update. But Im guessing it because Nokia made the push mail service free for all (retrospectively), thereby straining the system resources. Maybe their system was not designed to handle such huge volumes.

Except the E72 (and I guess the E75), all other phones come with Nokia Messaging v 9.07 (build 2). I dont find that stable enough. It has caused quite a few crashes/memory leaks/phone restarts for me. Not to mention the outage of the service every 2-3 days.

I have used System Seven and Emoze (try the latest version downloaded from Nokia Ovi Store). The latter works very well and integrates within the native messaging app of the phone (like it does in E72). While some may like this integration, I dont. I prefer the separate app that gets installed (ala Nokia Messaging in E71).

System Seven is good, but still has a few rough edges in terms of RAM consumption. Apart from these 2, I also tried ProfiMail. But the small font and too many settings were major deal breakers for me.

So finally, after 3-4 weeks of struggle and frustration with Nokia Messaging, I've now given in to the holy grail of emailing - BlackBerry. Trust me - it rocks. Beats Nokia Messaging hands down when it comes to push mail.
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Nishant, I am on E63, it works flawless. No issues at all.
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Nishant, I am on E63, it works flawless. No issues at all.
Which firmware?

Im on 410.21.010 on my E71.
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Which firmware?

Im on 410.21.010 on my E71.
Hi Nishant,

i am using E71 and have 410.21.010 installed. I used Nokian Messaging and then emoze for a while and got fed up and stopped using Push email.

I am switching to Blackberry for time being. I faced the same issues as mentioned by you. No real time, Delivery of older / deleted emails etc.
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Folks, when you set the phone to sync every 15 minutes or 30 minutes, the performance should be better. Is it not? If one does not need real time, but still keep up to date on mails, E71 should also be as good as E72.

Is that a fair statement?
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Guys, i have been using the Emoze app for a while now and i'm totally happy with it. The UI could be better and i'm not a fan of truncating messages, but i think its a lovely App to configure multiple accounts in one App.

i have an E63 and prefer Emoze more than nokia messaging or nokia mail for exchange (not sure if they are the same things).
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Seven email for s60v3 better than most push emails. Its free and stable, no break operation.
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