Apple’s own Mail app is certainly one of the most frequently used apps on our iOS devices. It provides very streamlined and effortless way to check for new emails, respond to messages, and organize one or more inboxes. However, if you really want to take full advantage of your iOS device, you might want to take a look in the App Store which holds hundreds of very useful and sometimes very powerful and unique e-mail clients, which makes them great alternatives to Apple’s preloaded app.
Boxer is one of those mobile email clients that promises to revolutionize the way you read messages and respond to them, even though it comes with plenty of other interesting features. The first thing I noticed about this app is that it’s priced at $10, which is more expensive than most mobile email clients, so I was curious to see if it’s really worth the money.
Upon the first launch of this app, you will get to add your e-mail accounts, and this is where I was pleasantly surprised. Boxer supports almost any kind of email exchange protocol, and all of these work seamlessly together. Many will find it helpful that Boxer successfully manages to support Microsoft Exchange and IMAP accounts. If you add several accounts at once, it might take some time until Boxer loads all the messages, but this is nothing to be concerned about.
The main view offers very intuitive and streamlined interface, and offers you the chance to review all your mfail, do some basic operations like deleting and archiving (which can be done by swiping across the message), but you can also add labels, “like” a message, or transfer messages into to-do lists. If you choose to “like” a message, this will send a short mail notifying the sender that you read and saw their message.
Another equally important side of Boxer is its organizing side. You will get to use all your labels and tags, as well as folders that you might have created online. This app allows you to create to-do lists based on messages and prioritize them. I can see myself using this feature on a daily basis, since it really works well and can be of great assistance. Another thing I really liked is that Boxer supports numerous email-relevant services like Dropbox, Evernote, and similar. It also works well with Apple’s Calendar and Contacts, so you can access additional information and respond to event requests, to give you one example.
As you can see, there are many great features in this app and integration with numerous third party services. Perhaps this is why I noticed some lagging and longer loading times, even though I am sure this is completely fixable.
Boxer is one of the most powerful iOS e-mail clients at the moment, and I believe that many will love it. However, I would like to see its price lowered a bit since $10 is a lot of an iOS app. This will be the main obstacle for many potential users.
PROS: Many useful features. Integration with third party services. Nicely designed UI.
CONS: High priced. Slower performance at times.