Inbox Impressions: A Supercharged Gmail?

Inbox Impressions: A Supercharged Gmail?

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Inbox is blue and Gmail is red. End of article, thanks for reading. I should that I’m a terrible joke-maker. That sentence was the polar opposite of what was expected of me from Emmanuel.

Inbox is exactly that. A polar opposite of its 10 year old brother, Gmail. First off, Inbox radiates an aura of what I need to do, it adds a sense of purpose to your emails kind of like a to-do-list. It filters your e-mails into a number of categories or as Google likes to call them ‘bundles’. Emails you receive from colleagues, newsletters and that Nigerian prince who happens to be your relative, are all tidily bundled at your convenience. Don’t worry that last one is still filtered into junk mail automatically, I hope.

Highlights really caught my eye. It turned my endless list of emails into a kind of Twitter or Facebook news feed, making scanning through them a doddle. The best part is that you can preview the content from your inbox if it contains images or any other related media before you even open it, so basically you can already determine whether it’s useful to you or not. It’s convenient, but it’s also extremely creepy. Privacy probably isn’t that big an issue any more.

You can swipe emails to the left to either set them as ‘snoozed’ which delays how or when you view that particular email, or else to the right to mark them as ‘done’. This stores them in a ‘Done’ label. It’s all very coherent and clean. You can also pin emails and bookmark to prioritize, similar to the Priority Inbox in Gmail. Everything is collated into bundles and neatly organized for you, you messy sloth.

Inbox feels like what Google Now and Gmail’s child would turn out to be. Its purpose is to redefine what we expect from an email service, it prioritizes the stuff most important to you at a certain point in time amongst all your other equally important stuff.

I think Inbox’s potential is yet to be realized, it’s not just super easy to use, it’s also a must-have for people like me who don’t have time to sort their stuff.

Want to try out Inbox? Check it out on the Play Store, on the App Store, and online at inbox.google.com. Easy now though, you’re going to need an invite!

Oh, and who am I? Justin, 18, an INTJ with an obsessive need to improve anything that takes my interest.

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