Posted by: xlrintblog | January 17, 2013

Mailbox: The killer e-mail app for iPhone?

Here’s a simple truth: Most everyone who has a smartphone uses it to view and send e-mail messages. But no one appears to like their mobile e-mail programs. Tech company Orchestra, though, hopes to change this. The company recently released Mailbox, its new e-mail client for your iPhone. The app is receiving great reviews.


So why has the tech press weighed in so positively about the iPhone version of Mailbox? Probably because it operates like it was actually intended to be utilized with smart phones. Numerous other mobile e-mail programs feel as though they’re simply rehashes of e-mail software applications that work better on desktop or laptop computers. Here’s the important difference: With Mailbox, users save, delete or archive messages by swiping, the same as they do most everything else with their current smart phones or tablet computers. For example: If you swipe an e-mail message to the left, you’ll save it. When you instead swipe to the right, you’ll archive it. And when you swipe to the right while holding concurrently, you’ll delete an e-mail message. Swipe to the left while holding? A new List screen will show up. Using this new screen, you can label messages or move them to new areas. Put simply, using Mailbox is intuitive.


Supporters of the new Mailbox app point out that sending e-mail messages feels more like Tweeting or texting. That’s a pretty heady compliment; after all, most smart phone users prefer texting or sending quick Tweets to using traditional e-mail programs to transmit out messages. Mailbox also configures e-mail messages so they are super easy to read on a typical smart phone screen. When messages are first displayed, for example, Mailbox does not show unneeded information such as signatures. It’s only when users tap on messages that more info — such as the “To” and “From” features — are presented.

To Do

You can also use Mailbox for your iPhone as a sort of e-mail to-do list. Here’s how this feature works: After looking at a message, place a time stamp on it. This time stamp controls when the message reappears inside your inbox. To illustrate, if you get a message which has a very low priority, you might place a time stamp that puts the email back in your inbox in a month. If you want to answer the message quickly? Mailbox can schedule it to reappear in your inbox the next day. The new iPhone version of Mailbox is definitely worth a look. You may realize that it’s the mobile e-mail app that you’ve long been seeking.

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