When it comes to accessing email on your mobile phone, which is the better choice: Gmail 5.0, or Inbox? Google’s overhauled Gmail 5.0 to allow users to check their Exchange and Yahoo mails as well as their Gmail account. The Inbox application was also developed by Google, and can be installed on iOS as well Android devices. It also works with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari browsers, and offers a number of different features. But which one is better for mobile devices?
Email services generally don’t have a tool that allows you to organize messages, so you’re left with a list of unsorted emails displayed in chronological order. With Inbox, however, similar messages are bundled together, so it’s easy to keep track and manage all of your emails.
For instance, if you receive an email that lets you know you have a monthly bill due soon or you just recently paid a bill using your credit card, Inbox will bundle these messages together, so you can or archive them with ease. These two functionalities move your messages elsewhere, so your inbox stays clean and organized.
Bundling is a feature that some users will love, and others will hate. But this feature can be turned off for some messages if you wish to do so.
Messages are bundled into seven categories: finance, purchases, social, forums, dates, promos, and low priority. So, all your banking messages will be grouped into one category. All of your social alerts, like Twitter and Facebook, will be grouped into another category. This way, you can easily delete and messages in one swoop – rather than having to swipe each and every message.
The great thing about Inbox is that you can choose to only be notified when important messages are received – and not when bundled messages land in your inbox. Even if you choose to be notified when bundled messages are received, your notifications will slow to a trickle.
Users also have the option to set certain bundles to pop up once every 24 hours, or even just once a week. This feature works great for the “promo” bundle, so you aren’t constantly bombarded with promotional emails.
Inbox also allows you to pin and snooze messages, so you can easily access important emails and deal with less-important emails later.
When using Inbox, you also gain a great “undo” feature, which allows you to unsend an email within 15 seconds of sending it.
Google has also added a new option to Inbox, which allows it to sync Google Now reminders and make auto-suggestions to create new reminders.
Gmail has a new “material design,” which can handle POP, IMAP, Exchange, Yahoo, and Outlook mail.
Google provides 15GB of shared space across G+, Gmail, and Drive, which allows users to archive messages rather than permanently deleting them. The 15GB of space is more than enough to save hundreds of emails every day.
The primary concern with Gmail 5.0 is that the Inbox still remains cluttered. With Inbox, on the other hand, your inbox is clean, uncluttered, and easy to organize.
Gmail vs Inbox
Inbox is the overall better option when it comes to accessing Gmail on your mobile phone. You’ll receive fewer notifications, your messages will be easy to organize and archive, and you can snooze messages to deal with them later.
The only drawback to using Inbox is that you have to train the application. The app does a great job of sorting through emails and bundling them properly. However, you can expect the app to make mistakes at first – a lot of mistakes. This may mean that you’ll have to move messages from one bundle to another at first until Inbox learns how to bundle your messages properly.