The Email

Android includes the Gmail app for adding Gmail accounts, but there's also an Email app for checking mail with non-Gmail accounts. Depending on your Exchange server's settings, this account can be used to check Exchange accounts as well as standard email accounts that use POP or IMAP protocols.

The disadvantage of the Email app is that it uses pull e-mail for POP and IMAP accounts. Unlike push e-mail, where your e-mail account is always on and passively receives messages as they arrive, pull e-mail means that the Email app has to check the server every once in a while to see if you have new messages. You specify how often it does this in the settings. Check more often for quicker e-mail delivery, or check less often to save battery life.

Just like the Gmail app, you can add more than one account to the Email app in Android 2.1 and above. When you launch the Email app for the first time, it will prompt you to set up an e-mail account. On standard Android 2.1 and 2.2 phones, your choices for accounts are POP3, IMAP, and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, as shown in Figure 6-6. Your phone may have slightly different options if it uses an Android variation like HTC Sense or Motorola Blur.

Figure 6-6. Adding accounts

Once you've added an account, you can keep adding more accounts from within the Email app by pressing the Menu button and then selecting Accounts > "Add account." Just like with the Gmail app, you can customize notification settings by pressing the

Menu button and selecting "Account settings" from the account you want to modify. This is also where you set how frequently your phone checks for new e-mail.

Composing and replying to messages and adding attachments work the same way in the Email app as they do in the Gmail app. You can also flag messages with stars for later reference. You can't automatically filter messages, add labels, or put messages into folders.

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