No, I’m sorry. No invitations to hand out yet.
Although I feel as though I’ve missed the boat a bit, I’ve been trying this Inbox thing for the past few days. You know what? I like it a lot. My previous clients were Mail (on iOS) and CloudMagic (on Android), and the biggest thing that I appreciate is the fact that I’m seeing a lot more signal than noise when it comes to incoming mail notifications.
The word on the street is that Mailbox is very much the same beast as Inbox, so I decided that I’d try running them in parallel to see which of them I liked best. Turns out that I got rid of Mailbox about seven minutes after installing it. That was in large part because I didn’t like the changes that it made to the way I set up my mail folders. Because don’t fuck with my mail folders. (That’s a whoooole different rant.)
There’s no question that there are things that Google could have done differently with Inbox. It does look and act a lot like Mailbox. A more unique identity would have been a good thing. I would very much like to be able to launch it in Firefox as well as in Chrome. And I would love to be able to delete my mail in a more efficient way instead of marking it as “done” (whatever the hell that means). But I do have to say that it seems as though I’m handling my email more efficiently than I was before, and that I like the way that the mobile clients help me to do that. Reminders and email snooze (especially the location-based component) are a big highlight for me. And although I’ve in the past preferred to have all my email organized in a linear way based on date of arrival, I’m finding that the bundles make a lot of sense to me and that it didn’t take long at all to get used to that way of looking at my communication stream. This is a win, as far as I’m concerned.
One last thing: I don’t have any invites yet. Sorry.