I've been using N1 for a couple months now & really enjoying it. However, with the move to a paid subscription & phasing out of the current subsidized version, I will be switching back to Mail.app. I really can't justify the price for an email client that currently offers very little functionality over countless free alternatives.
Although at least:
all active users before May 1st will receive 1 year of Nylas Pro for free
That is no bait and switch. They are offering plenty of time for people to continue using it or transition away if necessary.
I am glad to see them charging money for something that costs money to run. Charging money is not a guarantee that it will stick around. But it does indicate that they plan to run a business rather than a speculative revenue-free operation waiting to be acquired.
I wanna create a brand new Mail app like Nylas. But completely open source and free forever. Anyone up for it? I'm tired of other apps.
They’ve got big technical issues unresolved. And moving to freemium before the product is robust enough is equivalent to suicide.
Up to now I’m still not being able to sync any of my Gmail and iCloud accounts despite having a super-fast fibre connection and updated to the newest version.
Love N1 and the Nylas message. Good on them, take my money.
I knew N1 was too good to be true when it was announced.
N1 isn't a mail app like the other clients we're used to using, where the client connects to Gmail or whatever other email server you're using. N1 connects from the client, to a Nylas server, which connects to your mail server.
This of course produces overhead, and hard costs for Nylas that normal mail clients like Airmail don't have. Just another subscription cost.
I don't think this is a crazy thing for them to do. They're still offering a great email client for zero cost, they're just charging extra for features that leverage their servers. It would have been great for them to have roadmapped this out from the beginning, but who expects their product to go from launch to top 100 on GitHub in 6 months?
That being said, I still prefer Boxy because Inbox.
It looks like there is no way to prevent your email going to their servers, unless you set up a dev environment locally and run the sync engine yourself. So the only way they are offering an email client for zero cost is if you have the know-how to set that up.
Ah, I totally missed that when I read the post the first time.