So Mailbox for iOS was release a few weeks ago on the 7th. I signed up months ago for an early reservation, and i'm sure glad I did. Over 700,000 people are still waiting to try out this service, and it's 3 weeks into it's release. I found it interesting how Mailbox chose to release the service, but it makes sense. This form of release makes it easy for their servers to scale as the demand grows, but certainly requires some patience from their soon-to-be users.
Below is an archive of some screen shots from the app including setup and use. Enjoy!
Mailbox on iOS
Mailbox has changed they way I used Gmail, quite literally actually. I used to keep everything in my inbox or delete it, Mailbox has "made" me utilize gmail much differently with the archive feature feature. After about a week of use I've blown through the 7,000+ emails (mostly waiting for the bus and while I eat) in my inbox and am insanely organized mail wise. I've never been good with email, I like to keep everything. My only concern with Mailbox now is how my workflow will integrate with the Mail.app on my Mac. I use the Mail.app mostly for archiving my mail offline and for lengthy professional responses to clients so we shall see over time how it affects me. Enough with my use of mailbox though, lets jump into the full review.
When you first use Mailbox, it takes a moment to sync up depending on the amount of email you have bouncing around up there in the cloud, for me it was about 10 minutes. It runs you through a nice tutorial seen in the screen shots above and then you're presented with the workhorse that is the "main screen". When I was first organizing my mail I did run into one problem, Mailbox will only sync up with about 100 messages at a time and I got this nifty little error on the left. Thankfully this is only a problem when you have a shit ton of mail and will hopefully never happen again.
Swipe baby swipe.
Left, Right, Left, Right, Right, Right, Right, Left. If you know what it is by the Subject line, throw it across the screen. Blow through the shit, save the important stuff for reading later. That's it. Dead simple. It's creative, it's stylish, and the implementation makes it so much more than another shitty mail app for the iPhone.
Like with any day-to-day application you've gotta use it and implement it into your daily schedule to determine if it is worth it to you or not. At the very least, hop on the reservation list since i'm sure it will continue to rise for at least the next month or so.
Then wait... and smile.... because it's free. :)
Once you finally get that notification, hopefully it will help you tackle email just as effectively as it has for me!