One of my favorite iPhone email apps is Mailbox, which is now owned by Dropbox. What does an online storage service need with a proprietary email app? I’m sure someone at Dropbox has a PowerPoint slideshow which details the reasons, but free is good, Mailbox on the iPhone is great, so how does the Mac version stack up?
Email Is Email
As a bona fide card carrying geek wannabe with a Mac, iPhone, and iPad, I proudly declare that I use Apple’s built-in Mail app.
Change is good, though, and because nothing improves without change I try out other apps from time to time.
That’s how I fell into Mailbox for my iPhone. I like it.
Instead of bogging it down with features to compete with Apple’s Mail, Dropbox kept it lean and fast and made it easier to get through hundreds of messages in less time.
The Mac version is still beta, though you can download it and give it a try.
What you’ll find is Mailbox for Mac is much like Mailbox for iPhone (also runs on some Android devices); it’s clean and light and uncluttered.
Organization tools and mailboxes are accessed from the lefthand Sidebar. Click on a Mailbox to view the most recent messages. Tools to mark or save are displayed in the Toolbar above the multiple paned message area.
What Dropbox is doing with Mailbox is continued focus on simplicity, usability, and collaboration vs. what you see in Apple’s Mail– feature creep and complexity. It remains to be seen whether Mailbox can make a dent in the user base, but Dropbox is a widespread and oft used utility for sharing files, so an email app is a good complement.
For now, Mailbox is in beta for the Mac but it works much like Mailbox for the Mac, though on a larger screen.
UPDATE: Mailbox never made it. Viola Eva has the details in an interesting story.