Boxer review


By Derek Tillotson Comment


Photo via Wired / Ariel Zambelich

Boxer (formerly known as Taskbox – Mail) is an iPhone release. It is available as a free download from the App Store and carries no additional in-app purchases.

Boxer is a third party email app that works with Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, iCloud, Outlook/Hotmail, and AOL. Upon opening Boxer, users will be asked to select their email provider. From there, they simply enter their username and password, accept any permissions requests, and Boxer links the account to the app. The entire inbox is imported flawlessly, and any organizational folders that exist will be carried over, as well. Boxer does an excellent job at making the transition from the user’s email service to the Boxer app. Users can link multiple accounts, and switching between them is simple. Boxer also gives the option to set a default account for users who need to favor one email more than the others.

Boxer comes with a brief tutorial slideshow that explains some of the basics, but doesn’t get too detailed. Boxer’s interface is based entirely around swiping. When looking at the inbox, the user’s messages are organized in a vertical list. New messages are indicated by a blue dot underneath that message’s picture. Reading a message is as easy as tapping it. From there, users can easily reply, forward, tag, archive, or delete that message. When users swipe a message on the inbox screen, they’re given numerous options. Swiping from right to left brings up three options: Delete, Spam, and Archive. Messages that are no longer wanted in the inbox or other folders can easily be removed by selecting the option of choice and swiping another message.

Swiping from left to right brings up a less-direct set of options, displaying five buttons that read: Like, Quick, To-do, Request, and Done. Like is a simple way to mark a message so it stands out among the rest. The Quick option brings up a quick reply field where the user can either type a message or use one of many pre-set replies, which include messages for many situations. Selecting To-do will add that message to a to-do list found in Boxer’s menu. Requests works similar to a quick response, but will file that message under a designated folder. Finally, when a conversation is finished, users can select Done and that conversation will be archived under a “Done” category.

These various features are what give Boxer its unique feeling. The biggest problem is that Boxer does a poor job explaining how everything works. The tutorial shown at the start mentions these features, but does not go in-depth. When selecting an option for the first time, Boxer quickly mentions what they do, but fails to demonstrate any practical use. The option for using pre-generated messages in a quick response is a nice touch for someone who just needs to leave a quick confirmation or has an easy question. There are potential uses for certain options such as To-do and Requests. The problem is that none of these options feel entirely necessary, as these categories could easily be created as folders in any email client. Boxer makes them easier to access, but that’s all.

Boxer is an easy-to-use email app. iPhone users who are looking for a third-party email app would be making an excellent choice in selecting Boxer. Boxer’s interface is easy to use after an initial learning curve, and sending emails is as simple as it should be. Some users may get frustrated by the lack of description for some of Boxer’s options, which is a legitimate concern. Once users figure out how everything works, Boxer runs smooth and is more than suited to be someone’s email app of choice.

Boxer (still listed as Taskbox – Mail) is currently ranked 35th in the United States for free productivity apps. You can follow Boxer’s progress on AppData, our tracking tool for mobile and social apps and developers.