June 23, 2020 📨
Only just got a Hey email, but I figured I’d add to the collective thoughts. I don’t really have to much to say, but I’m strongly considering sticking with it for a few reasons.
Two initial things that are important are:
Starting with custom domains would’ve been really nice because now I feel like I’m in a little bit of a limbo going all in. Implementation details are fuzzy and I don’t want to start using this e-mail for too many things when I don’t know what the switchover will be like.
I really want to go all in on Hey, mostly because it’s the first decent e-mail client I’ve actually liked on iOS since Mailbox and my Gmail is so flooded with crap that I just want a fresh start and this feels like the perfect opportunity. One big downside is that once I get used to their paradigm, I know I’m going to want it for work e-mail too. While I can set-up forwarding, I can’t reply from Hey to them. It’d be awesome if there was a way to reply from my work email if the message was forwarded from it, but I don’t think that’s possible.
Having a bit of a hard time understanding their philosophy around read e-mail that I’m done with. They make the Trash an extra touch, but having all the read e-mails in the Previously Seen section seems a bit odd. On top of that, I feel like I heard they don’t hold on to e-mails unless you specifically tell them to. So after x amount of time, they get deleted. I don’t know if that only refers to the Trash or if they dump Previously Seen e-mails too. I also don’t remember where I heard this and couldn’t find it on their website with a quick gander.
Notes, Subject Editing, Reply Later, and all the other features they’ve put together are great. I love The Feed and The Paper Trail, everything seems thoroughly vetted in terms of how someone actually wants to use e-mail.
I’m going to continue to tinker over the next 14 days, but I strongly think I’ll hand over the $99, even as someone currently furloughed. Similar to Roam, Hey seems worth the cost on top of the subscription fatigue I’ve been going through.