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boxer for iphoneAt its recent WWDC presentation, Apple demonstrated that it still has the design chops for putting out a classy, eye-catching products and software. But in the case of the iOS 7 Mail app, the default iOS email client received comparatively low-grade functional changes. Third-party iOS mail clients including Mail Pilot Mail Pilot Turns Your Inbox Into a To-Do Manager [iOS] Mail Pilot Turns Your Inbox Into a To-Do Manager [iOS] I don't know about you, but I still find checking, writing, and managing email a tedious task. Two recently released iOS mail clients, Mailbox, and now Mail Pilot ($14.99) make great use of the iPhone... Read More , Mailbox Take Your Inbox Box To Zero With Mailbox For The iPhone Take Your Inbox Box To Zero With Mailbox For The iPhone The default Mail client for the iPhone has become in my opinion outdated, or it's certainly not as advanced as the hardware it resides in. Mail is not fun to navigate, and its latest features... Read More , Cloze Free App Cloze Filters Your Inbox & Social Networks For What's Most Important [iOS] Free App Cloze Filters Your Inbox & Social Networks For What's Most Important [iOS] I've said it before, checking email can turn into an hour-long chore. I'm constantly looking for ways to reduce how much time I spend in my inboxes—clicking, tapping, reading, and deleting messages. Though Triage is... Read More , and now Boxer (normally $4.99, but currently free for the first 100,000 downloaders) provide the type of advanced email management features missing in Apple’s default Mail client.

Boxer for iPhone combines the unique features of Cloze and Mailbox, and it supports Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo!, Hotmail, Outlook, AOL and more. Boxer is not yet optimized for the iPad, and at the moment push notifications are only available for Gmail accounts.

Basic Features

Boxer includes everything you would expect in a mail client: inboxes for multiple mail accounts (which can be viewed together or separately), the ability to write, reply, and forward messages, as well as  archive, delete and mark messages as spam.

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The user interface design seen in Boxer is clean, and easy to navigate, though there are several advanced features that are only a swipe or two from accessing. The main sections of Boxer are the Inbox, To-Do Lists, and the Dashboard. You get the option to decide which section you want to appear upon initial launch.

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Swiping Features

Just like other third-party mail clients, Boxer includes handy swiping features. When you swipe a message to the left in the inbox list, you archive it by default, or your can select to delete or mark it as spam. The only drawback to this feature is that you can’t bulk archive or delete messages. The only iOS mail client that handles bulk archiving is Mailbox.

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Swiping a message to the right brings up many of Boxer’s unique features, which I will touch on in a second. You can undo a left swipe before you archive, delete, or mark a message as spam. But once an action has been applied, and you move to the next message, you can’t undo the previous action. This means you can’t – for instance – un-delete a message, which is worth remembering.

Advanced Features

Boxer includes a few unique features that sets it apart from the other third-party mail client. First off, you can actually “Like” a message. If you want to quickly let a sender know that you favor their message, you simply swipe it to the right in the inbox list view, and tap the Like icon. When you move to the next message, your favor response will be automatically forwarded to the sender.

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The liked reply message the sender receives is, “[Your name] liked your message with Boxer,” with the link to the app’s website. Unfortunately, you can’t customize this reply message. Many users might not want to include the Boxer name and link in their reply.

Similar to Cloze, Boxer contains mail templates that you can quickly select and add to your original messages and replies. Not even the OS X version of Mail includes these types of handy snippets. Again, you can tap the Quick icon in the menu of actions to bring up your list of reply templates.

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In the Settings section of the app, you can customize or add more snippets to fit your needs. When replying to a message you also get options for setting a due date, a priority, or an “assignee” for the message.

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Boxer also makes it easy to quickly attach a photo and even a file from your Dropbox account! Try doing that with Apple’s default Mail client.

Other options for handling messages in Boxer include features for adding selected messages to a to-do list, or to simply mark messages as Done. The latter option is for parking a message in the Done list for later review. You can also tap the folder icon at the bottom of an opened message to bring up Boxer’s built-in actions and the existing folders in your mail client, where you can move a message to.

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In addition to syncing with Dropbox, Boxer for iPhone also allows you to connect the app to Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. Boxer uses these connections to provide information about the contacts in your inbox. You can actually tap on the profile photo of a contact and Boxer will not only filter all the messages associated with the contact, but also provide their available social network links.

Needs Bulk Archive

Overall, Boxer is another great option for managing your email on your iPhone. I do, however, look forward to the developers adding bulk mail handling. I like to get my inbox quickly to zero, but swiping each individual message is a huge time waster. The other iOS mail client, Mailbox Take Your Inbox Box To Zero With Mailbox For The iPhone Take Your Inbox Box To Zero With Mailbox For The iPhone The default Mail client for the iPhone has become in my opinion outdated, or it's certainly not as advanced as the hardware it resides in. Mail is not fun to navigate, and its latest features... Read More (Free) is the only app I know of that handles archiving bulk emails.

Let us know what you think of Boxer – as of this writing a little over 23,000 free copies are remaining. Will you be ditching Apple Mail, or have you already done so?

  1. Andras
    November 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    When reading messages I miss "Next message" ( and "Previous message") buttons or gestures.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 30, 2013 at 12:45 am

      Aww, good, Andras, thanks for bringing that to our attention.

  2. Anonymous
    November 22, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Lacking batch processing is a deal breaker

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 30, 2013 at 12:47 am

      Yeah, quite a few mail apps lack batch processing which I find essential for getting rid of 90% of the mail I don't read nearly everyday.

    • Anonymous
      December 3, 2013 at 3:18 am

      Check out MailDeck. It's coming out this Thursday and has batch processing, among some other cool features. It's at http://www.maildeckapp.com.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      December 3, 2013 at 4:46 am

      Cool, thanks for letting us know about it.

  3. Cris
    July 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I would love to see Boxer and Handle.com combine so we have a desktop client and iPhone app to match.

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