Mailbox, an extraordinary new free app for effectively managing your inbox, is now available for downloading. Previously, you had to put your name on a waiting list, but now anyone can download the app.
The app has generated a huge amount of interest because it completely rethinks the way you can use your iPhone to manage the onslaught of email. You use simple gestures in list view to archive or delete emails, to "snooze" them for later viewing, or file them away in a "list," which is like a folder.
A short swipe to the right archives the message; the message turns green to indicate it understands your intention to archive. A longer swipe to the right turns the message red, indicating it will be sent to the trash. In addition, gestures to the left let you snooze the message or move it to a list. A short left swipe turns the message green and gives you a range of default snooze options: later today, this evening, tomorrow, this weekend, next week, in a month, or someday.
You can define "someday" as a particular period of months. And you can precisely define the other intervals too. For example, you can specify "later today" to mean in three hours. The grid of options that pops up also includes a button you can tap to specify a particular date and time. A long swipe left moves the message to a predefined list you've created, such as "Items To Buy." You can create as many lists as you want, and any changes are then also reflected in your Gmail account. You also can tap and hold messages to move them up or down in your inbox.
The vision behind Mailbox is to make it easier to clear your inbox so messages don't just keep piling up.
The app has many other appealing features as well. While I've emphasized the gestures in list view to quickly deal with your messages, you also can invoke these actions if you've opened a message simply by tapping the related icons. The app also has a number of different and convenient views, including threaded conversations you can quickly expand and a view that shows all of Mailbox's features in a list.
The video below gives you a quick and clear idea of how it works.