Saturday, January 5, 2013

Preview: Mailbox App for IOS Users

The first thing that an iPhone user does is utilize e-mail services and check e-mail messages on their default e-mail client, Sparrow or on Gmail. These are the standard apps for e-mail. However, it is not just about getting all your e-mails in your phone Inbox that you earlier used to check on the desktop, it is more about organizing messages, features and ease of use. Recently the news media has been brimming with the Mailbox app for iOS users. It is said to be designed to make the life of an iOS user easier with better features.

Let us find out if the Mailbox app indeed delivers what it claims:

Mailbox Vs Other E-mail Apps

Sparrow has long been dominating the iOS devices and used as the default e-mail client. The intuitive gestures and display of the Gmail labels has what made it popular amongst Apple users. Additionally, the ease of managing accounts and adding pictures to each account contact is what makes it fascinating. It is all about personalization and the ability to customize things that makes it easy to deal with.

When we compare it with the latest app called Mailbox, it seems to be a lot different from Sparrow. The first thing that you will notice is the missing lists of Gmail and the swipe functionality that enables in sending messages to the Gmail list. Another thing is the adding of pictures to contacts that is again missing. There is no multiple e-mail selection as well. Nonetheless, Mailbox is made to deal each message individually against these former apps that display messages in inbox. Additionally each conversation is displayed as a thread within an e-mail that helps keep track of a conversation.

The best part of the Mailbox app is the ability of scheduling a single feature with various options to organize messages. You can easily sort each message as you receive it in the Inbox. The best part is the Snooze that allows the user to swipe a message in the Inbox to read it later. As soon as you 'Snooze' a message, it is moved to another folder for the time being. If you have set the time for reading the message after 1 hour, then the message will again arrive in your Inbox exactly after an hour. This way you can organize each message and read it later on. Additionally, you can read message on priority and according to your preferences.

You can also organize your e-mail by a swipe to add it to separate lists like, 'To watch', 'To read' and 'To buy'.

Is Mailbox the best?

Mailbox as you know offers you the opportunity to 'Snooze' an e-mail message on its arrival. This has got both advantage and disadvantages. You might forget to read it for the time being. This way you can conveniently put off most of the e-mails that you do not wish to answer or read in a separate folder for a long time. Nonetheless, this tool can be used according to the convenience of the user for either organizing messages for reading it later or for de-cluttering Inbox by sending selected messages to another folder. It all depends on how you want to use it.