I‘ve been wanting to try Boxer ($4.99) for quite some time. It’s just a shame it took me this long to get it installed because I’ve really grown fond of it. It’s the email app that makes me feel like I’ve got everything under control.
First things first. Let’s talk design. There are many, many email apps for iPhone and oftentimes the only thing that separates one from another is a better or worse design.
In Boxer’s case, I’m inclined to label the design as “upgraded.” What I mean by that is that the inbox view sticks to a tried and true (in other words familiar) basic look but adds some extras to make the email experience a bit more enjoyable. You’ve got your email subject in bold with the sender’s name above and a preview of the email’s contents below (2 lines worth). To the right of each message lives the sent time as well as the thread count (how many messages have been sent back and forth). Like I said, that’s all pretty standard in most email programs.
But here’s where the upgrades come in. To the left of each message you get an icon which will either be an image (if the other party has uploaded one) or a capital letter in a colorful box—the letter being the correspondent’s first initial. Either with a pic or with an initial, it’s an easy way to quickly sort through and find an email from a particular person visually.
Here’s a little Easter egg that took me awhile to uncover (did it accidentally, actually). Clicking on multiple icons (people’s pics or initials) will let you batch edit them. In other words, if I wanted to archive five emails at once I could select each using their icon and then swipe one to the left which would actually swipe them all to the left. Pretty cool.
Most email apps now feature swipe controls of some sort. Boxer claims to be the original (if I’m not mistaken) and the swipes are genuinely empowering, rather than gimmicky. Swiping left will archive a message while swiping further left will fully delete it. The world being the way it is, it’s possible that you could accidentally archive or delete a message which is why I love the undo option that briefly shows up along the bottom of the screen after taking such an action....