After reading the kudos for The Bat here at Donation Coder, i decided to give it a spin again and must say i'm impressed! Just sent the company an email to say so and mentionned the fact that it was thanks to DC that i decided to try it again.
Is The Bat, The Best? Big question!
After trying and purchasing Poco, Barca, Opera. Incredimail and Outlook, i must say that The Bat (Home ed.) will be looked at closely during this trial period.
Already, i've noticed that the Home Edition does not have the spell checker feature that the Pro one has. The import/export feature for Calendar seems to be missing...
Outlook and Thunderbird are IMO hard to beat:
1. Thunderbird for price (free!), it's good looks and effectiveness in handling IMAP.
2. Outlook for the many addons like Copernic Desktop Search, Knockout and Desktask (all freeware!)
You also have many excellent sync programs out there that work quite well with Outlook: Intellisync (Yahoo!), Plaxo and Airset.com These last elements make Outlook a very hard one to challenge! If i were to consider Outlook application by itself it wouldn't be so bad (yet still pretty tough!).
The decision in favour of The Bat Home ed. will be difficult!