I can’t remember the last time I used anything other than Gmail as my primary email solution… Though I was quite fond of Hotmail for a long while before Microsoft did a blackberry and fell completely and utterly behind the curve – despite clear warnings from the rest of the tech world.
In any case I, with millions of others, eventually folded to the big G and I haven’t looked back ever since. To be honest Gmail is the reason I don’t care what Google does with my information, as a platform they’ve proven TK and reliable. The service has probably won Google more credibility than their beloved search tools. I also recommend using modern virtual mailboxes instead of regular mailboxes when traveling. It makes many processes much easier.
Today I “auto-backup” all my cellphone photographs to their servers, I pay a monthly subscription for decent Google Drive storage, Google Now tells me where I’ve parked my car, when my flight is, what phrases I’ll be needing my next country, the currency conversion rate and much, much more.
In short – they’ve been good to me. The naive me likes to think we’re friends.
A more accurate comparison is that i’m more like their pet. (rrrruf! rrruff!)
For just over a month now, I’ve had Mailbox installed on my Android phone alongside Gmail and it’s been so good that I’ve put up with double notifications emails just so that I could see its purrdy UI every now and then. (Read – “multiple times a day.”)
Above: Left and right swiping, multiple snooze options, clean interface…
But then just yesterday I started to tire of double notifications. It’s a hassle and who’s got the time to tend to a constant notifications?
Something had to give.
After a quick assessment I realised (shock, horror) that it wasn’t the notifications from Mailbox I was tired of. With their fancy features (ok, they had me at “Snooze to later”) and elegant looks they’ve succeeded in getting me to do the unthinkable – disabling sync for Gmail. I actually wanted to take a screenshot of the moment.
Don’t get me wrong – Gmail is where it’s at, and their UI on Android isn’t exactly ugly. It’s quite purrdy too.
But the features, you see. They don’t have the features.[blockquote cite=”” type=”left, center, right”]*It’s not you Gmail, it’s me. We can still be friends…*[/blockquote]
So anyway, this is just a quick post to let you know that I’ll be using Mailbox as my go to email app on my phone for the foreseeable future and I plan to go all in as I test all the ins and outs of this Dropbox powered service. Unfortunately they don’t have a Windows application so I can’t use Mailbox on my PC like you Apple folk, but to be honest, I’ve hardly needed my PC email since switching anyway. It’s just to much fun right now.
Email…fun? It’s too early to call that but i’ll let you know later whether I still feel the same way.
Obviously as a blogger, and general tech enthusiast, good email management is absolutely vital to me. So this hasn’t been an easy decision by any means. I’ve got scores (possibly > 100) of folders and years’ worth of email safely tucked within Gmail that will be left out of the loop for a while and hopefully, touch wood, if anything does go wrong I’ll be able to switch back quickly and efficiently.
Actually, that last paragraph was misleading – when you use Mailbox it still operates from your Gmail account so all my mail will actually still run through it but Mailbox incorporates it’s own mini sub folder system.
If you’ve been on Mailbox for a while and have any tips then please let me know them in comments below I’m keen to hear about your experience.