So, finally after a back and forth with firstname.lastname@example.org, we finally logged into the new Econet mail service today. For those of you who haven’t received logins yet, (or who don’t use Econet lines) we’ve included some screenshots below.
Our first impression of the system? It’s a modern email system with a simple AND easy-to-navigate interface. It’s designed in a minimalist fashion that makes it look very clean. Also opens pages very fast like a typical modern webmail application. In short, we like it!
But loving it doesn’t mean we’ll start using it right away. There’s no compelling reason for us right now. And this ‘phone number as email address’ concept hasn’t quite hit us as convenient yet. Who knows, that might change.
Compared to email systems like Gmail, Yahoo & MSN, well, here’s a summary of the most notable features: It has a calendar, tasks, notes, filters, email forwarding, auto replies, and support for external mail accounts. It’s also not advert supported (at least not yet), so that makes for very a clean interface.
It lacks a ‘Send-as’ feature which is becoming common in mail systems, chat, and we can’t say how powerful the spam filter is. What might probably be a deal breaker for a lot of users though is the lack of POP or IMAP support.
The ‘Search’ feature also seems broken. We populated our inbox with lots of Google News alerts and an email from my Techzim account, but search for both ‘Google’ and ‘Kabweza’ yielded no results. Another strange thing is that we’re used to a ‘Mark as unread’ option in most mail systems. We almost couldn’t find this option here because Econet Mail calls it “Mark as new’.
That’s our first take. If you’ve used the system, we’d love to know your opinion. If you haven’t, well, what do you think based on these screenshots: