Once the first generation iPhone appeared on the market, everyone was amazed by it. You could suddenly have a touch-screen phone which you can browse the web over Wi-Fi, comfortably send SMS messages, and use its e-mail mobile client which seemed to be powerful as some desktop clients. When you remember that time, you can realize how the iPhone was limited in those times, and how it grew over a few years. It seems that now we expect and demand from Apple a new version of iOS every single year, with new features and polished looks. Even though iOS evolved quite a bit, Mail app remained fundamentally the same. Sure, there are some new features, but it is equivalent to e-mail clients on any other operating system, and that’s when battles are starting to lose.
Since Mail app failed to bring anything new, innovative or interesting, some 3rd party iOS developers made their own apps and this proved to be a huge success. One of those apps is called Mailbox, and this is probably the most popular iOS e-mail client, right next to Apple’s Mail app. I’ve been a user of Mailbox ever since it came out, which was a few months ago, and I’ve never switched back to Mail. Now let’s see what this app has to offer.
Mailbox works only with Gmail accounts, which is currently a limitation, but developers stated that they will bring other IMAP accounts very soon. Still, if you use several Gmail addresses, you can use all of them to sign-in.
Like you would expect, Mailbox offers unified inbox which holds all your messages. Now, the real change from the Mail app can be seen in a way you can manage those messages. If you see a message that you’re not going to need, you can hold that message and swipe right just a little bit and it will turn green so if you let go, that message will be achieved. If you continue swiping, it will turn red, so a message will be deleted.
So, as said, by swiping right you can achieve or delete a message. If you swipe left, you can snooze it. Snoozing a message means it will disappear from your inbox for a certain period of time, and you’ll choose how long that snooze period is going to be by swiping left which will make a new grid pop-up. This grid will show you options like: later today, this evening, tomorrow, this weekend, next week, in a month, someday, and pick a date. As you can see, you can make a certain message disappear and come back any time you choose. Mailbox comes with a very detailed preferences, so you can finely- tune all of these snoozing options. Once it’s time for a message for reappear, you’ll receive a new notification on your iPhone.
In my opinion, Mailbox currently beats Apple’s Mail app in many aspects. I also comes with some downsides. For example, only Gmail users can use it at the moment. Also there’s no “Save As” field, even though you can use multiple e-mail addresses within Mailbox. And of course, I am still waiting for an iPad version.