When comparing Inbox vs Dispatch, the Slant community recommends Inbox for most people. In the question“What are the best Gmail clients for iOS?” Inbox is ranked 2nd while Dispatch is ranked 4th. The most important reason people chose Inbox is:
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.
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Pro Intelligent categorization
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 Integrates Google Now reminders
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 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
Pro Integrates with a wide variety of other services
Dispatch has support for 22 third-party apps, including: 1Password, Asana, Calendar, Evernote, FaceTime, Instapaper, Maps, Readability, Reminder, Things, Twitter among many others.
Dispatch will scan your e-mail for dates and times, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, real-world locations/addresses, web links, etc. and offer taking action with one of the aforementioned apps.
Pro Supports TextExpander touch snippet expansion
TextExpander is a text macro tool that can, among other things, autofill your adress, signature, etc. It does that with a feature called 'snippets' and Dispatch has that functionality built in so you can respond to your e-mails quicker.
Pro Quick actions on swipe
A short swipe off the message will bring up a menu with 5 options of interacting with the message: mark it read, star/flag it, archive it, move it to a folder of choice, or delete it.
A longer swipe will initiate a user-configured "quick action" such as archiving or marking the message as junk.
Pro Automatic salutation
When you're replying to a message, Dispatch will check the sender name and automatically start the message with Hi Name,. You can choose to turn it off completely or configure to take place only in certain situations.
Pro Background refresh
Dispatch will download mail in the background so you don't have to wait for it to update when you open your app.
Pro Clean design
The design of dispatch is minimalistic and intuitive if you've ever used gestures. An uncommon design choice includes focusing on the body of the text when choosing to compose a message and filling out the subject and who to send the message to later.
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 to add one label per email, effectively turning them into directories. All the benefits of labels are lost, then.
Con iPhone only
Dispatch has no iPad version.