Mailbox for iOS review
I had to wait a month in queue before being able to use Mailbox and many people had already had it and were saying it was boring. That didnít deter me, I still wanted it and wanted to see how it was, see what the hype was about. And having to wait in queue, especially for a month, adds a bit of an exclusivity and elite feeling, for me at least. I watched as I went down the down final ten in queue, 3, 2, 1Ö.Mailbox. Just like that, same screen changes from the queue to Mailbox and asks you to sign in to your Gmail account, I understand itís limited to Gmail right now, but Iíll happy when they add more, namely Yahoo.
Okay, so you sign in and youíre taken through a quick hands on tutorial with example emails. Your email organization is now gesture based, long and quick swipes to the left and right. A quick swipe to the right will archive your email while a long swipe will throw it in the trash, but donít fret if you accidently trash an email, you can still access your trash can. A quick swipe to the left will add the email to a read later list and a long swipe lets you put it in a list. Mailbox adds a couple lists for you, but through the menu you can manually add your own lists and label as you see fit.
Thereís not much else to Mailbox, from the main screen which is your inbox, you can compose and email, select to view archived email and emails in your read later list, share the app and find out about the photo they put behind your emails. You can also access the menu from the main screen. From the menu, you can access your inbox, read later, lists, archive, trash, sent and the settings and help menus. At the end of your trash emails you can choose to delete them all completely if you want. And your settings are typical, edit email accounts, add accounts, default account selection, signature, edit your lists, set snoozes for email, set your sync preferences, notifications and app badge count settings. Snoozing is a nifty feature, you can snooze any particular to be notified of it later if you donít have the time for it now and donít want to forget about it.
Overall, Mailbox has a user friendly UI and makes email much more interactive. I myself love gestures, and this is definitely delivers on gestures. If Mailbox gets Yahoo support I will probably stop using Appleís default email client even though the notification does not come as soon as the email arrives in the app. Even now Iíve changed my settings to no longer sync my Gmail to my iPhone. The lock screen notification is also more informative and fun, it gives a glimpse of your email. Iím basing this all off of first impressions, and everyone knows first impressions are important. If my view ever changes I will edit my review to reflect it. Itís free, itís fun, gestures all around for the gesture fans, give it a try, I think itís worth the wait which is much shorter now since it has started running through the numbers pretty quickly. Yesterday I was over 100,000 and today I have the app.
EDIT: I have found that when in the inbox you can pull down from the inbox area to search your mail.