I’ll be the first to admit I'm hopelessly disorganized. It’s one of the reasons why I'm such a Google Fan, I can sync my life to my phone, tablet and netbook. And, so long as I have an internet connection, I am good to go. In spite of Google’s helpful awesomeness, Gmail remains the chink in my organizational armour. Between the endless notifications, confirmations, adver-messages, and general junk, it can be hard to keep track of the stuff I need to see, action and keep.
Fellow Gmailers are sure suggested I set up folders or labels in Gmail, you can check out more about labels here. But I prefer my apps to organise my disorder for me – which is why I couldn't wait to try Google’s latest email service, Inbox.
Launched in October 2014, Google claims “it’s a different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters.” It promises to organise your emails and group them together in a more ‘user-friendly’ way, click here for more on what Google has to say about Inbox.
And they’re right – it does just what it says. Simple to use, once you've installed the app, just sign in to your email account. Or accounts, Inbox supports multiple accounts and happily syncs across multiple devices.
Those familiar with the Gmail app will find Inbox easy to pick up. The main menu is top left, where you can switch or add accounts, go into your sent, drafts and folders. There’s a search function top right and the ability to filter any pinned items. The biggest difference is how your emails are presented and bundled into folders such as: Travel, Purchases, Social or Updates, to name a few. Those fans of folders can add your own too.
It simplifies your inbox so you read what you want, when you want. So, for example, if you went into your Social Folder, you can select everything in the folder and discard it instantly by swiping right. Or if there’s a receipt in your Purchases folder you want to keep, click on the push pin symbol at the top. It will stay in the folder or in your inbox until you unpin it. Then there is Inbox’s left swipe, which let you set a reminder at a specific date and time – or when you get to a specific location.
Having used the two side-by-side for a little over two weeks, I prefer Inbox to Gmail. It keeps me heaps more organized with my emails when I'm on the go. So, would I recommend it – definitely, it’s an awesome two thumbs up from me.
Inbox is available for both Android and Apple operating systems, from your Play or Itunes App stores, however you can’t use it without a special invitation from Google. To get your invite, email email@example.com.
Alternatively, for more information on Inbox, why not click here.