I have never tried a different e-mail client on my iPhone or my iPad. The stock iOS mail app has always worked just fine for me. That being said, a new app caught my eye a few weeks ago and I finally got to experience it today for the first time. Why did it take me a few weeks to try it out, you ask? Well, because the developers of “Mailbox” are rolling the app out in a controlled release to be sure they’re servers can handle the onslaught of new users. So, when you download the app, your spot in “line” is reserved and you wait until you are added into the system. When I downloaded the app a few weeks ago I was 554,000th in line (or somewhere around that number). Whenever you open the app it tells you how many people are in front of you in line and how many are behind you. Earlier today when I was 1,884th in line there were over 600,000 people in line behind me. Anyway, now that the waits over, I’ll get on to my initial impression.
Awesome. In word, that is my initial impression. The app advertises that it will “change the way you do e-mail,” and I have to say, I believe it will! The basic premise of the app is that you have your inbox, which is where your mail comes into. From there you dispatch it into categories by simple swipe gestures. You can either swipe a message right and it will archive it. Long swipe to the right and it will be put into your trash. Swipe to the left and it will give you choices in a pop up to have the message delivered back to your inbox later. Choices include later today, this evening, tomorrow morning, this weekend, next week, in a month, or you can specify a date. A long swipe to the left will allow you to put the message in a list. The lists can be edited and configured to your taste.
I have to say this works exactly like I would like a mail client to work. I have always had an over-cluttered inbox because I’m always saving messages that I might need later. Now I can quickly and easily archive those messages. And then there’s messages I get on the weekend that pertains to something I need to do when I get back to work the following week. My old workflow would be to mark those messages as unread so that I would hopefully see them when I get back to work on Monday. Now I can set those to redeliver themselves on a day I choose. And then there’s messages like online purchase receipts, etc. that I put into “folders” to organize them so I can find them later. And now I can quickly sort those types of messages into lists of my choosing. As I said before, AWESOME!