Spike - A Real Alternative to Newton Mail

alternative to newton mail
By Spike Team, September 25, 2019

While it’s always been a little niche, Newton email has won over plenty of fans through the years, and for Mac users in particular, it was definitely a favorite. However, in September 2018, CloudMagic announced that it was closing the book on Newton for good, leaving many users feeling pretty disappointed. But that’s not the end of the Newton story, and in February 2019 the app was relaunched in its original form thanks to new owners Essential.

Unfortunately for Newton, their relatively high prices compared to other services and ownership changes have caused some uncertainty within its customer base. What’s more, as the competition has gradually embraced today’s most popular operating systems, Newton’s USP as one of the best cross-platform email apps has begun to seem less important. Luckily for you, we’ve got a 21st century alternative to Newton that’s exactly what you’re looking for—and it’s about to rock your world.


Spike vs Newton Email

The latest Newton mail does things a little differently to most email clients, and this is among the reasons that many former users are happy to see it’s return. Developers have introduced a Tidy Inbox that helps you prioritize certain emails, alongside snooze, send later, and read receipt features. It also offers limited integration with other apps to streamline your file management and give you the ability to save emails to other apps.


However, all of these features come at a price, and with yearly subscriptions running at $49.99/year, it can start to pull at your wallet. Email is something that most people use every day, and paying a premium for features that can be found in most email clients for free is perhaps one of the reasons that Newton has remained a niche product.


Spike, however, combines all of the above and more—and the best part? It’s completely free for personal use. We’ve brought together all of your favorite features (and a few you never knew you needed) into a single app that allows you to manage your email effortlessly, plan your day efficiently, and collaborate creatively. Let’s take a look at how the two compare.





InboxPriority InboxTidy Inbox
MessagingConversational Email turns your existing email into chat-like conversationsNo instant messaging
Team ChatGroups allows you to create customized spaces for collaborationStandard CC and BCC features for connecting multiple people
CalendarIntegrated directly into the Spike app and available on the same screen as your emailCompanion calendar app. Only works on iOS
File ManagementAccess files from the cloud and

preview directly within your email

Cloud access but no preview feature
SecurityEncrypted Email MessagingHTTPS
Platform AvailabilityMac, Windows, iOS, Android, and web browserMac, Windows, iOS, Android
PricingFree for individual users$49.99/year



Reasons to Choose Spike as Your Newton Mail Alternative

While it is clear that Newton shares a few similar features with Spike, as a Newton alternative, Spike pushes the envelope of what can be achieved within a single email app. Our advanced feature-set goes the extra mile, and for Newton users concerned about future development, we can guarantee that Spike is in for the long haul. Take a look at why you should choose Spike as your Newton alternative and how Spike is delivering the future of email…today.


Conversational Email ➡️ Conversational Email is the bomb! Spike’s entirely redesigned the way you communicate by combining the best perks of email and instant messaging. They’ve ditched the headers, signatures, and confusing threads to make your entire inbox more…conversational. Everything you need is found under each contact, and you can jump right back into the chat at any time.


Priority Inbox ➡️ While Newton’s Tidy Inbox follows a similar concept, Priority Inbox from Spike gives you just a little extra. All your most important emails are pushed to the top of your inbox, while other, less important mails go to the “Other” inbox. However, unlike the Newton version, Priority Inbox takes care of all of this automatically. It’s a smart inbox with real brains, and it allows you to customize and refine which emails end up where!


Real-Time Email Awareness ➡️ Conversational Email is all about giving you a heads up, and to do this Spike’s introduced real-time email awareness. At-a-glance icons at the bottom of each message indicate when an email has been received and read. Feel like you’re having a conversation with a real person, by seeing when they’re replying. Both audio and visual notifications will keep you aware of what’s going on at all times, just like your favorite instant messenger.


Groups ➡️ CC and BCC are dead. Groups is the new way to collaborate creatively and chat with your team. Groups allows you to create spaces for any number of people for any reason. It works through your email, so anyone can join – even if they’re not a Spike user.


Calendar ➡️ Calendars are super useful for scheduling your time, and having your calendar on the same screen as your email makes everything that much easier. Spike’s Newton alternative doesn’t discriminate by operating system, so everyone can get on board with the same great features.



Spike – The Ultimate Alternative to Newton Mail 

When it comes to Newton email vs. Spike, there can only be one winner. Spike offers all of the same, or similar features and much more besides. Increased security and reduced silos of information can help keep your most sensitive communications safe and boost productivity at the same time. Additionally, it’s all integrated into a unified workspace, to save you the headache of constantly switching apps. Oh…and did we already mention that it’s free for personal use?


Download Spike today on mobile and desktop or try out our web browser version for the best Newton alternative around. Alternatively, check out the Spike blog for more information on our latest updates alongside a wealth of productivity tips and tricks.



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