Email Solutions For N97 Fanatics: Profimail by Lonely Cat Games

by MajorDouble7 on November 16, 2009

This is the second installment of the Email Solutions for N97 Fanatics series hosted here. We’ll be covering various email apps & solutions for the Nokia N97. Check bottom of article for exclusive 20% off discount code.

Hello again, Fanatics! MajorDouble7 here with a review on Lonely Cat Games‘ eMail app for the N97 called Profimail.

What does Profimail offer?

There are many benefits to Lonely Cat Games’ answer to the mobile eMail client, and many claim that it is their app of choice. Profimail provides several features that help the daily eMail user stay connected. Although there may not be Facebook support or IM of any kind, that’s okay for me. Although I’m sure it’s nice to have all of those services in one app, I need an eMail client to access eMail. One cool thing I noticed, is that the app has the ability to use the system font, which means that if you’ve changed the font on your N97, Profimail will display it as well. Profimail is available for a free trial that lasts 30 days. More than enough time for even the most critical user to try it out and decide if they want to buy. Even better? The 30 days isn’t consecutive. That means you can try it out at your leisure, rather than sweating about the trial period coming to an end. After the trial (or before–I purchased Profimail well before my trial was up) the cost is only 19.99 Euros…around 30 bucks in the states. It’s a one-time cost (think Outlook) so you don’t have to pay any monthly fees or anything like that. Some positive features Here’s a list of features from the Profimail webpage:

  • Automatic synchronization of messages with the mail server
  • IMAP folders
  • Attachments – view, save, send
  • HTML messages with images and hyperlinks
  • Built-in File Explorer
  • Push email – instant notification about new messages (using IMAP IDLE)
  • Address book
  • Signatures
  • Support for POP3 / IMAP / SMTP mail servers
  • Writing mails using T9 dictionary (if available on phone)
  • Multiple email accounts
  • Rules and filters allowing selective message download
  • Opens and browses ZIP archives
  • Support for various character encoding – Western, Cyrillic, Central European, and more
  • Build-in image viewer for JPG, PNG and other popular formats
  • Text viewer for standard text, HTML and Word documents
  • Optimized for GPRS – get headers first, then download message bodies which you really want to see
  • Scheduled message download
  • Sound notifications

Although the list appears quite complete, I have a few more tasty bits to add that the daily user might find helpful:

  • If you navigate away from a new message that you are in the middle of creating, the program automatically asks you if you want to ‘Delete’ or ‘Save to Drafts’
  • If you delete a message from your Inbox (or other folders, for that matter), the message remains available for ‘undelete’ until your next Mailbox Update (POP3)
  • You can mark single or multiple messages in the ‘list view’ by tapping or dragging along the left side of the header
  • You have three years to transfer your paid Profimail app to another device (up to 20 times)
  • Technical and customer support is available for two years after the purchase date of the product
  • You can ‘Export Settings’ to essentially backup the numerous customizations of Profimail. You can then ‘Import Settings’ onto another device (note that this is not the same as the ‘Transfer’ option mentioned above)
  • Aside from a ‘Sound Notification’ as mentioned in the above list, Profimail also displays a small icon in the upper-right corner of your screen (which is displayed over all other apps)
  • Profimail appears to be a widley used app, therefore a lot of the great themers out there have an alternative icon for it (like tehkseven)
  • Keep your C: drive clean; Profimail lets you choose where to store messages, attachments, rules, signatures, etc.

Below you can see numerous menus and configurations, as well as the ‘mark’ feature in list view

Main Menu Config TOP Config BOTTOM
Tweaks TOP Tweaks BOTTOM List View MARK

This is my Sent folder.  The buttons along the bottom are Update (fetch mail), New Message, Delete, and Reply.  Notice that the subject line is scrolling on the message I have selected

This is my Sent folder. The buttons along the bottom are Update (fetch mail), New Message, Delete, and Reply. Notice that the subject line is scrolling on the message I have selected

So you can see that there are several positive advantages and uses with Profimail. What about some of the negatives? There are a few things that I think the Profimail team can improve on in the near future, but it’s worth noting that the app is available to a wide range of devices, so it is likely that device-specific tweaks are not at the forefront of the development team’s list. A few negatives… …that I’ve noticed with the N97 (and maybe we’ll see in future updates by Profimail):

  • HTML support is currently not available in ‘list view’; you have to open the individual message to view HTML
  • When the FM transmitter on my N97 is turned on or is in standby, the Profimail New Mail sound notification gets transmitted, rather than playing through my handset’s speakers like with SMS (I have a feeling that this is more of an N97 Transmitter issue, rather than a Profimail one)
  • Although there is a Homescreen widget, it’s unattractive and poorly imagined. It will show as much of the header of a new message as possible, but if you’ve accessed Profimail (without reading said message), it will merely tell you that you have one unread message (no details). If you DO read the message, the homescreen widget will only tell you that you have no recent messages, rather than showing what is in your Inbox at the moment (read or otherwise)
  • Although the UI is quite intuitive and works well, most people will complain about the size of the buttons not being finger-friendly. Although I can definitely see where they are coming from, I have had no problems with the small menus and buttons.

Final Thoughts

So what’s the final word on Profimail? It’s a great app for daily eMail use and performs very nicely. The price tag can be a bit of a shocker for those that are used to buying one dollar games, but when taking into account all that it does, as well as the other ‘monthly fee’ eMail clients out there, Profimail is a great deal. The only big negative for me is the lack of a great homescreen widget; but as you can guess, that’s not enough to keep me away from it. And as far as battery life goes, I consistently run Gravity and Profimail on my device all day long and have not noticed any significant battery drainage (aside from the fact that I’m on my N97 a lot more now!).

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Until next time, Fanatics… MD 7

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  • http://www.n97fanatics.com Mike Macias

    Great review! I've yet to try out ProfiMail but I think I'm gonna give it a shot soon.

    Questions: Does the application take advantage of the new kinetic scrolling on the N97 or does it have it's own scrolling mechanics?

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    Good question, Mike, and something that I should have covered. Kinetic scrolling is everywhere that it matters. A few places, like the configurations menu for one, doesn't have it, but that's okay with me. Also, when writing a new eMail, kinetic scrolling is replaced by the ability to highlight text with a drag of your finger. Other than that, it's everywhere else.

    MD 7

  • Iurax

    i've tested and i bought it. It's an excellent solution.
    I've used it with my gmail account, that -notice this- had about 4300+ emails stored inside. The Nokia email solution couldn't handle that load, giving me lots of headaches, taking lots of time responding to my commands and finnaly freezing completely. (lots of resets…you know it) Profimail runs smoothly and fresh. I've my N97 without the latest firmware (? version), but profimail has its own kinetic scrolling, so it's a breeze. I love it. It's worth every cent i've paid for it. Highly recommended.

  • kramakrishna

    I use SEVEN push email client and works fantastic. You may get it from here http://community.seven.com/main.php Multiple mail boxes, Gmail, Yahoo, work email etc and integrated to the native messaging, calendar and contact application of the device.

  • wehans

    I have used profimail for my symbian device since three years ago. It is great application for me. Up to now, there are no others app can substitute this…

  • http://www.n97fanatics.com Mike Macias

    I've been using this app for about 24 hours now and so far I love it. A few things…

    - I turned off the previews. I found them a little annoying.
    - I love the fullscreen email viewing. Big +1 over Nokia Messaging.
    - The server syncs extremely fast.
    - Hold down your finger on a message when viewing or in a list and you're welcomed with a beautiful, circular array of options. Not sure if you noticed that Major.
    - The homescreen widget would be perfect if it always showed info. I love that you can scroll through new emails from the widget.
    - Doesn't seem to have much effect on the battery life.

    I'll update my thoughts again in a few days.

    Thanks again for this great review!

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    Mike,

    You're absolutely right…I had no idea about the extra details/options when long tapping an eMail. Surprise, surprise. Glad you found it :) I guess it wouldn't hurt to check out Profimail's User Manual. That's right, they've got an online User Manual that you can download and access from the app on your phone (or just visit their website).

    And what are the annoying previews you spoke of? The 'List' or 'Preview View' of eMails? I'm not sure I follow.

    Thanks again for finding that extra bonus!

    MD 7

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    By the way, my favorite features are scrolling in the preview window to mark the item as read (as opposed to it automatically marking it as read when I tap on it), and the multiple select ability by dragging my finger along the left side of the message headers. Good stuff.

    MD 7

  • hanani

    Any idea if it works with Exchange server as the Nokia Mail for Exchange ? Does it work with Hebrew ? Does it know to use contacts which are in the N97 and does it have aaccessto Company Contats as the M4E ? (the company asddress book)

    Many thanks!

  • http://www.n97fanatics.com Mike Macias

    Another thing I just noticed. When you take the email widget off the homescreen you'll get a new mail notification in the top right of any screen when a new email hits your inbox. Looks similar to the notification that Slick IM gives you.

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    My blunder! I thought I mentioned that in the article, no? Oh well, thanks for pointing it out Mike!

    MD 7

  • http://www.n97fanatics.com Mike Macias

    crap! you did mention that. i didn't notice.

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    Haha, no sweat Bro Montana…it's just as well that the best features get
    repeated.

    So I take it that you're digging Profimail? Any plans to switch to
    something else?

    MD 7

    ——- Original message ——-

  • Sarah

    Can anyone suggest a FREE email app that supports the free version of Yahoo Mail? The default mail client, and even others like emoze, only support Yahoo Mail Plus. Nokia Messaging has been working fine for me, but using only phone memory is a huge downside. Thanks in advance

  • cewat

    does this app keep all the messages? Or keep deleting like nokia messages?

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    It can keep a record of your messages if you like, it depends on your Profimail and/or server settings, etc. Gmail, for instance, has an option that archives messages from your inbox when they are 'POPped' to any email client. I have that option turned on in my Gmail account, so when my Outlook 'POPs' the messages, they are removed from my Profimail client.

    MD 7

  • daClaus

    Re “notification sound played over FM transmitter”: I don't think that this issue is Profimail related. I use my N97 with my car stereo over bluetooth and also have this “issue” when I get a text message or an email (Nokia Messaging). The music fades out, the notification file is played, music fades in and continues. Seems to be a player/ symbian thing that all sound files are transmitted.

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    I agree as well that it is a symbian thing and not a Profimail thing (I
    apologize if I didn't make that clear in the article).

    I wish the FM transmitter ONLY transmitted music files. For instance, when
    I get out of my Jeep and pause the music, the transmitter goes on
    'standby', which is quite nice for when I jump back in the car and the
    music automatically starts transmitting when I press play. However, if I do
    something else on my phone between these 'transmissions', say, watch a
    YouTube video, the sound is automatically transmitted when I don't want it
    to. Then I have to switch to the homescreen (sometimes exiting the app) and
    disable the transmitter. A bit of an annoyance.

    MD 7
    (via ProfiMail)

    ——- Original message ——-

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  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    Thanks for your comments. I'm glad I was able to provide you with relevant information.

    MD 7

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    There's an update to Profimail that I just discovered when opening the app today. I have a setting that checks for updates automatically, and guess what, it checked for an update automatically. The version number went from 3.22 to 3.25. It appears that the new version has some E72 bug fixes, as well as a few upgrades to how new message notifications are handled.

    You may want to re-check your configurations and tweaks after installing, however, as I've run into a few of my settings being reset. Nothing important, just a few preferences that I had to redo.

    One other thing that I've been meaning to mention. When viewing an eMail in fullscreen mode (i.e. not from the preview window), you can swipe left and right to see the next and previous eMails respectively. Very handy tool that I use often.

    MD 7

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    There's an update to Profimail that I just discovered when opening the app today. I have a setting that checks for updates automatically, and guess what, it checked for an update automatically. The version number went from 3.22 to 3.25. It appears that the new version has some E72 bug fixes, as well as a few upgrades to how new message notifications are handled.

    You may want to re-check your configurations and tweaks after installing, however, as I've run into a few of my settings being reset. Nothing important, just a few preferences that I had to redo.

    One other thing that I've been meaning to mention. When viewing an eMail in fullscreen mode (i.e. not from the preview window), you can swipe left and right to see the next and previous eMails respectively. Very handy tool that I use often.

    MD 7

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    There was an update to Profimail (this morning I think) that expanded the number of places where kinetic scrolling is used. Now when you tap on the header of a message to view it in full (and as HTML as the case may be), you can scroll through the message, whereas before it would simply highlight the text. There is still an option to highlight the text of course if you wish.

    MD 7

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    The new version number is 3.27 by the way…

    MD 7

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