Hey.com is an early-stage product that promises to revolutionize email and challenge everyone's email process. It induced a rollercoaster of emotions, both good and bad when trying to use it across an iPad, iPhone, and web.
Rick and Cesar have fairly organized email processes. Though both don't reach "inbox-zero" every day, they both feel like they have a handle on email and never feel like they're drowning in missed emails, due to their organized approaches. They have experience with many email services and clients from iOS Mail, Gmail, Outlook, Airmail, Spark, and a few corporate systems too.
The sign up was easy and fun. It was well explained, it didn't have too much information on each part of the walkthrough.
The app teaches keyboard shortcuts from the start, which helps with productivity and inevitably the feeling of productivity.
Why not default to the email address the invite code was sent to?
There's a lot of new, glib terms: "The screener", "the IMbox", "The feed", "the paper trail", etc. It definitely violates the "Principle of Least Astonishment", these terms not only cause surprise, but they also invoke assumptions there are typos in the product, for example.
IMBox: There is no immediate explanation of what "IM" is, why it is, etc. (ref. Jakob's Law)
The interface can feel cluttered at times, especially the action menu. It feels a bit like information overload when it opens up.
Opening the action menu can be done via the keyboard key "M". Some of the actions can be accessed via keyboard shortcuts but not all of them.
There is no way to use existing email clients with HEY (i.e. doesn't support IMAP?)
The paper trail and the feed aren't immediately useful because it is a new email account. If it had my current emails it'd probably be automatically useful.
I couldn't find a way to sort the "IMbox" by descending order
Opening some menus, like the profile menu, show a loading indicator briefly, before showing the options. This makes the app feel sluggish knowing that they're static options.
Another example: on iOS, there’s a loading indicator when you tap to write a new email.