Mailbox: Is it a Case of ‘If it Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix it?’
Quirky labeling aside, Mailbox is a great simplifier of the endless barrage of mail and does what it says: it allows efficient mail management, giving you control of your email. What it doesn't do, however, could be a deal-breaker for most.
First, and this is by far the most pressing issue, Mailbox is, for the moment, only available for Gmail users. Yes, not a single other mail provider can sync with Mailbox … yet. Another drawback you might not be too comfortable with is once you've read and responded to your mail, it isn't accessible through Mailbox again. Better hope you have a photographic memory! This application has no "save to folder" options and as an added bonus, no archiving feature either.
While Mailbox approaches email management with the precision and minimalism of a Scandinavian furniture designer, some might argue that this "zero inbox" approach limits your ability to self-manage to a certain extent. Sure, it's great to know that all your emails have been handled or that some are soon to return as performers in another day's correspondence production line, but the problem is that your emails often act as points of reference, resources even. So if you find yourself on the go without the information you need, then no amount of streamlining or simplicity will help.
Besides the apparent drawbacks, Mailbox will, undoubtedly, do exceedingly well. Millions of "iUsers" have applied for the application and if you, like so many others, enjoy having a clean, uncluttered mailbox, then this application is definitely for you. For the diehard "sync and disseminate" crowds, the score of Yahoo and AOL users, well, maybe in time.
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