PushMail is a new app available on the AppStore, created by a developer named Simon Patarin. Generally, I don't use apps on my iPhone / iPod Touch much but this one with it's nice and simple productivity features surprised me.
The app does one thing, and does it well - gives you a PUSH notification whenever you receive a new e-mail. For infinite number of e-mail addresses on any server - Hotmail, GMail, UNIX or even your company's private one (like @modmyi.com). There's no lengthy setup either! The Push feature in the app has been implemented in an intelligent way, not new, but feels fresher than other Push mail apps in the store.
When you first open the app, you enter in a username and a password for a NEW e-mail account. After you're done, all you have to do is set-up all your desired e-mail addresses to forward a copy (NOT the original!) of any e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. In web mails like GMail you can even set a filter on what to forward, like preventing any e-mails from your bank to be forwarded. Now, the problem here for most of you must be security. The developer ensures that the e-mail is kept on their server ONLY until a push notification is created and is then deleted. Even better, you don't have to put any credentials for your other e-mail accounts! Simon does give another pretty good logic regarding the security problems.
The mails you forward to the dopushmail server are sent in clear, sure, but that's exactly what they did to reach your own mail provider in the first place, so that does not change the overall security of the system.
The only question is how much can you depend on its efficiency? Well, you can't stake your life on it, but can't blame the developer for it... in fact, all failure can be from Apple's side ONLY or if you don't have an active/fast connection. It also does depend if you're on 3G / EDGE or GPRS because notification on Wi-Fi is instantaneous - to be more accurate, notification was received in about 2 seconds of receiving an e-mail on my 2 MBPS connection. Another simple issue with the current version which can be improved in future is if you have multiple addresses forwarding your e-mail to the app, you won't know from which address it comes.
If you really believe that you need to be informed about e-mails 24x7 without sitting on your computer, checking it all the time then this app is meant for you and won't really hurt at $4.99 though it does get a bit up there! Buy it from AppStore here (iTunes Link).
For those still skeptical, Simon's been nice enough to provide with TEN promo codes for a giveaway! If you want to win ONE of the TEN, just leave a comment below in the format "PM- Your comment". You're good to go if you have a US iTunes account - blame Apple, not us. If you don't put the 'PM-' in there, you won't be entered... This giveaway ends on 18th August at <s>5 pm</s> 4:30 pm GMT. The winners will be announced within 24 hours after the giveaway ends.
P.S. Apple's implementation of PUSH Notification is poor, so you will be notified only of the latest e-mail out of all your e-mail accounts.
The contest has officially ended and the winners are supershick, GHOSTYAIRO, fsdpmc, nwcorey, Nickfranco5, billchase2, skb875, agent005, operate and DarkDragonAn
UPDATE: The code received by each in the first PM is an expired one. I've sent the replacement to all in second PM.