Mailbox for iOS… Meh

So after all the hype I finally got access to long anticipated Mailbox for iPhone app today, and right out of the gate I have to say, I was disappointed.

It’s possible that having to wait about 3 weeks from the launch to get access put a sour taste in my mouth, but I decided to give it a shot for the day to see if I liked it.

I did not.

First of all, the concept of a to-do list integrated with email is a fantastic idea I believe, I just don’t like the way that Mailbox implemented it. The way something works is you choose to have an email resent back to you at a certain time of day instead of dealing with the email when you get it.

It’s kind of a way of cheating down to inbox 0 rather than actually dealing with things as they come in. My hope when I first caught wind of Mailbox was that they had found a way to parse your emails for action items and allow you to add them to a list.

So when I get the email asking me to pick up some thing before I get into work, I could use a gesture or a button to add that to the list. Instead if there’s something I want to deal with I have to just have that email resent to myself at a later time.

I find that at least with myself the best way to deal with emails are to just deal with them as you get them. When you can easily send them off to deal with them later, chances are you will continue to put it off – or at least I will.

So maybe Mailbox is the perfect solution for some people, but for me, it was awfully underwhelming.



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