Yesterday, my Inbox exploded… Literally.

For those of you who have been long time AoaM subscribers, you may be aware of my obsession with Inbox by Google for the iPhone.

Last year, Google announced they would be shutting down the app on March 31, in favor of the regular Gmail app, which is clearly inferior in comparison.

Well, March 31 came and went… Inbox seemed fine. My fellow Inbox friends and I gave each other high ten’s and went about our business… And then, yesterday morning it started.

By mid-day my wife’s Inbox app was shut down… But I was still rocking… And then around 4 PM, they came for me. Yes Theory manager Zack Honarvar‘s was still up – He text’d me saying, “I’m still in!! I feel like this is the fucking hunger games”. It’s only a matter of time.

Now the real competition is to find the best email app. Last night, I spent an hour sifting through articles trying to figure out the best email app for iPhone…

After concluding nothing, I downloaded the Gmail app. A brilliant colleague of mine reassured me Inbox was just a testing ground for Google and all of the app’s best features have been incorporated into the Gmail app, but I’ve already learned that is far from the case.

The intuitive functionality of Inbox is missing in the Gmail app – For example, you can’t swipe to snooze. In fact, your swiping options are limited to solely trash or archive. And completing a snooze is three clicks away in any email instead of two (first world problems, I know). Even the reply functionality is quite clunky compared to Inbox’s seamless threads. Now I’m thinking, “Will all my previous Inbox snoozes still show up in Gmail?

I understand why Google may not have been able to make Inbox free, but many of its loyalists like I would have happily paid a subscription.

I’ve been hearing great things about Superhuman – I now find myself hustling to the top of their 130,000 person waiting list and being asked to pay $30 a month for the service just to find out… But who knows? All I know is Rest in Peace Inbox. In the famous words of Drake, “You the best I ever had.”

What is your favorite mobile email app for iPhone and why? I am in dire and desperate need of the solution. I have the desktop Gmail client configured perfectly for my needs, but the mobile version is not going to make the cut.


April 4, 2019 5:01 pm

Mine just cut out 20 mins ago and I’m back to the ‘ol gmail app – without easy snooze!!!! I feel your pain

Jake Udell
April 5, 2019 2:42 pm

Snooze is working now… But the real question is, is there a better app out there?

April 7, 2019 5:12 am

yes, copy SPARK! been using for years now.

April 5, 2019 5:23 am

Hi Jake, if you haven’t already you should really check out Spark. I’ve been using it for couple of years now and it’s constantly being improved and having features added. I have 5 inboxes in the app which of course works on mobile and desktop and it has Snooze, Send Later, Chat with teammates, Compose together with team mates, Smart Inbox, Email categorisations, Notification for regular emails but not newsletters etc. and all sorts of other good stuff.

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