Your email inbox should help you live and work better, but instead it often buries the important stuff and creates more stress than it relieves. Inbox, built by the Gmail team, keeps things organized and helps you get back to what matters.
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Pro Intelligent categorization
Inbox tries automatically bundling similar messages together. For example, Inbox will create bundles for travel information, receipts, promotions as well as group messages temporally. It enables also managing these bundles of messages together - they can all be swiped away together.
Pro Can snooze emails
Messages can be snoozed for a certain period of time or until at a certain location.
Pro Can create tasks from dates and tasks in messages
If a message includes a date, Inbox is capable of automatically creating a task from that information.
Pro Surfaces important information from messages
If an email contains pictures, flight information, reservation at a restaurant, attachments, links, dates, phone numbers and other information that the application recognizes, it will surface that information in its main view. These items can be viewed and interacted with without having to open the message itself. It allows finding and taking action on the important email information quickly.
Pro Works towards an empty inbox
Inbox is designed to reach an empty inbox by either archiving or snoozing your mails.
Pro Also available on Chrome and iPhone
Pro Integrates realtime updates in messages
Through a feature called Assists, Inbox offers context sensitive updates to messages. These include information such as flight status updates before a scheduled flight.
Pro Integrates Google Now reminders
Pro Smart quick replies
When you hit reply you can choose from 3 auto generated replies that are based on the content of the received email analyzed by Google's AI.
Pro Works with Google Apps through an early adopter program
Con Missing some advanced Gmail settings
Occasionally you have to use the provided link back to the legacy Gmail app for specific functions, due to the simplifications that Inbox makes.
Con Cannot add multiple labels to an email
Gmail uses labels to categorize emails. Using multiple labels can make it easier to find the email later on. Ex: "work", "friends", "london". Index only allows adding one label per email, effectively turning them into directories. All the benefits of labels are lost, then.