TechBit: Mailbox for iPad

New ease with e-mail

The popular e-mail app for the iPhone, Mailbox — which we reviewed in February — has come to the big screen without losing too much of what made this simple e-mail app great. (Mailbox was recently acquired by the cloud-storage company Dropbox, so changes should come more quickly now.)

The e-mail management system is still pretty easy. Swiping right will let you archive or delete messages, while swiping left will save a message for more convenient time or let you add it to a to-do list. The app has adapted well to the iPad, at least in the landscape orientation. The bigger screen makes reading e-mails easier and — as you might expect — also makes writing e-mails easier.

There are drawbacks. As with the original iPhone app, Mailbox only works with Gmail accounts, so those using other providers are still out of luck. Also, each e-mail must be dealt with individually — no mass deletions allowed. That’s fine if you can keep to the Mailbox goal of hitting “inbox zero” every day, but can get annoying if you have more to wade through. And the app is not available for Android, though the company has hinted that it’s looking to build that version as well as a desktop version in the future. Free, for the iPad.

— Hayley Tsukayama

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