If you’ve ever watched the famous Inbox Zero video presentation that Merlin Mann gave at Google in 2007, you may have been inspired to take a more active approach in managing your email. Today, in 2013, many continue to struggle with the overwhelming task of managing our email inboxes – with the added challenge of doing so via a smartphone or mobile device.
This App Talk post will highlight several popular email apps which may help you manage your email in today’s mobile world.
Mailbox, iOS, free
The new app Mailbox has hit the iOS world by storm and those subscribing to the Inbox Zero approach are excited to get their hands on it. What makes Mailbox so appealing is how it allows you to manage your messages quickly, using swipes to trash, archive or “snooze” messages until a time when you might be ready for them. At this time, Mailbox is only for Gmail users and iOS platforms, but the company behind the app is working on compatibility with other platforms. Download the Mailbox app from iTunes to “reserve’ your spot!
Taskbox, iOS, $2.99
Taskbox, another app currently only iOS and Gmail compatible, is different because it works as both an email client and a to-do list app. Taskbox also makes use of the “swipe” to more quickly handle email – sending them to trash, spam or archive. The key feature, however, is the ability to turn emails into tasks with prioritization, due dates and assignments to others. For more information, vist the Taskbox website at http://taskbox.co/ or download from the iTunes store.
MailDroid, Android, free
Are you a Droid user looking for a replacement to the standard Android email client? MailDroid may be your answer. Nice features – including the ability to save attachements to an SD card and to setup up custom email rules – make it worth looking into alone. MailDroid supports many email services including Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail and allows you to add POP3/IMAP providers. To learn more, or to download, visit http://slideme.org/application/maildroid.
K-9 Mail, Android, Free
In a search for the top Android email clients, K9 Mail popped up on nearly every “best email app for Android” that I came across. K-9 Mail is an e-mail client with search, IMAP push email, multi-folder sync, flagging, filing, signatures, bcc-self, PGP and mail on SD card. K-9 supports IMAP, POP3 and Exchange 2003/2007 (with WebDAV). Alos, K-9 Mail is an open-source, community developed project – this allows you, the user, to become directly involved in improving the product. For more information or to download K-9 Mail, visit https://code.google.com/p/k9mail/ or the Google Play store.