On July 15, to Andrew Canion’s take on .
Reading about it inspired me to join the conversation by sharing this page.
Note that Andrew’s article is a better introduction to the subject at hand.
While trying out in June, I built this page to evaluate: How does HEY compare to my Gmail + workflow? How could I emulate each of HEY’s with/out SaneBox? Also, I wrote this here to try some more. (Here’s a if you want.)
In bold is my main focus.
Now that I’ve been using HEY for 1 month, here’s how I feel about it:
HEY is worth trying out more intensely in the next months.
My Gmail account is set to forward all emails to HEY.
When I’m sure I want to switch, I’ll start a real migration, updating sender by sender.
Otherwise, I’ll start trying out to replace Gmail. HEY makes me feel even calmer in my email account than SaneBox does. HEY’s explains why I feel better about it.
About SaneBox, what’s so great for me is how it automatically configures mail filtering.
I taught SaneBox to show me some emails on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
This works if I discipline myself to not look at them until the appointed time. My clients show a number of new emails beside their folders...
By the way, I miss the deceased Google Inbox. It did this better than both HEY and SaneBox do.
Coming back to SaneBox and HEY: my setup is stretching SaneBox’s limits and some of HEY’s strong points make for a much calmer product.
HEY is much simpler to configure and costs less than IMAP-compatible products.
Yes, HEY is far from being free, but compare it to the following...
+ SaneBox + Great email apps on each platform + A utility for dealing easily with big attachments, if needed. HEY locks me into their non-IMAP compatible client, “for life”. I’m still very much on the fence about this.
On the one hand I hope HEY’s going to invest significantly in its client apps over time.
On the other hand, we might be surprised how our IMAP clients will eventually follow the wHEY and emulate many of HEY’s features. This was and still is looking like a compelling future.
HEY makes me feel like its mission is more important than most of the other products.
That is, I feel compelled to participate in HEY’s mission.
I know they’re doing us all a service, even for those of us who are not their clients.
They’re showing the world a new way.
Plus, HEY might continue innovating at a pace difficult to follow by IMAP-wrangling solutions.
So after one month, I’m still ambivalent, and I have some undisclosed reasons too.
Still, I’m going to continue following and using HEY for now.
⚠️ Before proceeding to my evaluation, a few warnings are in order:
These are my personal notes.
I publish them as is, without spending efforts to make them easier to digest for the public.
Who knows, you might find them sufficiently readable to help you plan your evaluation.
I didn’t evaluate other criteria that might be important. For example, I truly hope HEY will soon have a first-class integration with .
In the next months, I might even decide this criteria is too important to sacrifice.
I didn’t test my emulation strategy to see if it’s really workable.
I’m pretty sure my strategies will work with some adaptation, and I’m also pretty sure you’ll be crumbling under the configuration of hundreds of email rules if you’re not a SaneBox subscriber (which costs the same price as HEY). 🤣
Note also that you should be able to leave comments on this page and copy and edit your own version of this document in your own Coda account. If you come up with a different compelling strategy, I’d like it if you shared back a link. I could then link to your variant from here.
Update: it might be that you can’t leave comments on this page... You can contact me as , or email . I should be able to update this page to add your feedback (unless this becomes a part-time job, obviously!)
Finally, here is my initial evaluation.
HEY's advertised features
Here’s the bulk of my reflexions on emulation strategies.
For the non-emulables, some are very arbitrary and discussable. I added some quick notes.
HEY's non-emulable features
I asked most of those for a live AMA, and some I wrote to their Support team.