Goodieness: If Gmail is your primary mailbox service and you have an iOS device you’ll never have a cluttered inbox again all without ever having to dispose of a single email. Sorting mail is literally addictive, like playing Angry Birds.
Crummieness: Besides not being available before….only syncs with Gmail.
With one quick download my pile of emails almost instantaneously got sorted. I can honestly say that never has an app ended up straight to my main app dock so quickly. Same day in fact. Mailbox by Orchestra, Inc. is exactly what the name suggests. It’s a mailbox for email, Gmail specifically and exclusively. It’s currently available for Apple’s iOS devices only. If you fall into both camps then this is good news for you particularly if you’re inbox is cluttered which so easily happens nowadays as you pretty much have to subscribe to everything online.
I read the buzz about this app a couple months ago and decided to take the plunge. It was still in beta which meant going to the App Store and downloading it only put you in a long line to getting a link to downloading it. I was given a number (750K and change) that I could check daily by opening the app icon to see it tick down. After about 6 weeks a notification popped up allowing me to grab it finally. I was not disappointed. Note it’s now available for download instantly. After a painless sign in screen to my Gmail account the sync began. Then a really helpful tutorial ensued. The first thing you’ll notice that’s different about its approach to mail is that my icon badge defaulted to listing the number of items in my inbox (approx. 454 for me at time of download). It did not distinguish read from unread items. Before you get in a tizzy over that, realize this is the whole point of mailbox, it aims to help you clean out your mailbox and keep it clean in a fun and visually pleasing way. In fact there’s even a reward for doing it! I’ll get to that soon.