Why Inbox Is The Future Of Gmail

Why Inbox Is Way Better Than Gmail

Inbox by Gmail has been around for almost two years, and while it continues to exist alongside Gmail, it's easy to see that Google engineers see Inbox as the email app of the future. New features are being added on a regular basis, and with each one, it's slowly becoming smarter and easier to use. Here are five reasons you should consider switching to Inbox right now.

1) Smart apps in your email

Why Inbox Is Way Better Than Gmail

Recently added features bring Trello and GitHub integration to Inbox, which it can parse information inside messages sent from those services and give you automatic alerts rather than a standard 'new email' update.

It works in the same way that Inbox scans hotel bookings for key details. It works with things like Google Alerts and Google Drive too, so you can finally insert Drive links directly into emails and skip the step of adding the file as an attachment.

The list of supported services is fairly sparse right now, but it's easy to see how Google could expand type of integration, making more of your email updates smart, so you get the key information at a glance.

2) Get through newsletters in a snap

Why Inbox Is Way Better Than Gmail

Email newsletters are back in fashion (we have one) and Inbox deals with them in a clever way, parsing the links inside to give you a quick summary. You can tap on one or more of the links or just ignore them completely.

You can still open the whole newsletter if you want more information, but this is another prime example of Inbox making it easier to get through lots of email.

Once you're done with a particular newsletter, it's minimized in the email list to take up less space. As with anything else in the Inbox app, you can swipe on a newsletter to archive or snooze it.

3) Make your replies smarter

Why Inbox Is Way Better Than Gmail

One key feature Inbox has that Gmail doesn't is smart replies. Quick, AI-powered responses to your contacts to help you power through your inbox and spend less time composing replies.

Open up any thread you're planning to respond to, and you'll see the generated quick replies appear in blue boxes at the foot of the screen. Google engineers recently added emoji to the list of possible replies too.

You still have the option to reply like a normal human being if you want, and the feature is now available on the web as well as mobile.

4) Catch up on your reading and to dos

Why Inbox Is Way Better Than Gmail

You can use Gmail as a read-it-later service and to do list, but Inbox is geared up more specifically for these type oftasks. Online articles can be saved to Inbox on Android or iOS, provided Inbox is installed, and on the web through an official Chrome extension.

Meanwhile the ability to add reminders is right next to the option to compose a new email (use the large red plus icon on mobile or the web). To dos can be associated with a time and even a place.

The reminders sync neatly to Google Now too, so you can access them without having to go into Inbox each time.

5) Take control of your snoozing

Why Inbox Is Way Better Than Gmail

The ability to snooze emails isn't available in Gmail, and the option in Inbox has been getting more and more advanced over time. If the app detects a date and time in the email you're snoozing, for example, that comes up as a snooze suggestion.

It works for package tracking, hotel and flight reservations, invites from Google Calendar and more, letting you forget about an email until you really need it.

What's more, you can customise snooze times and days for morning, afternoon and evening through the app settings.

This story originally appeared on Gizmodo


    Thanks for this, I'd been aware of Inbox for a while, but today I've switched to it. Not yet a "eureka !" moment, but it looks like it'll grow on me.
    Until Google pull the plug on it I guess.

    Inbox is great, I reckon. Snoozing is a great feature and it's easy to mark a bunch of unimportant emails done in one go.

    Inbox sucks at managing attachments compared to Gmail though (save to/import from Drive, etc). They need to import that function ASAP

    These comments refer to the Windows version.

    As far as I know (please correct me if I'm wrong):

    * You can't display Labels. You can activate "Bundle messages in Inbox" based on Label but it doesn't show me the "in your face" coloured labels I have setup for emails from Gcalendar, Friends, Bank, Tenants, etc.

    * It doesn't display date and time email was received / sent.

    * You can't easily create Filters, eg it doesn't even pickup the From address when you click on "Create new", and the options available are restricted to From, To, Subject, Includes, Excludes. It doesn't give you Attachment, Chat and Size options.

    * It doesn't have a Preview pane. I don't use this in Gmail so the lack of this feature doesn't bother me but it is important for several of my clients.

    * The Settings are "hidden" at the bottom of the left hand panel, not always displayed at the top as they are in Gmail.

    In the Android version of Gmail I have setup distinctive sounds for various Labels so I know when emails arrive from Partner, Friends, etc. I don't recall whether you can do this in the Android version of Inbox because I didn't have it on my phone for very long. I was so unimpressed by Inbox not being able to display Labels or dates that I uninstalled it very soon after I installed it.

    It's one of the most useless email clients I have used.

    I'm not sold by any of these features.

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