Boxer for Android and iOS - TabletProductive.com

Boxer for Android and iOS

As the internet gets faster and technology gets smarter we are constantly looking for ways to make our lives easier. Companies such as Apple and Microsoft are persistently battling against each other in the ratings, hoping to come up with the next big thing to make our lives that little bit better. It’s hard to believe, for example, that only eight years ago almost half of the UK population still used dial up internet instead of its speedier cousin, broadband.

Boxer email app

It is little surprise, therefore, that apps designed to help us organise and streamline our lives are becoming increasingly popular. One of the hottest trends at the moment is anything that can help make connecting to others online easier. This includes social media, instant messaging and, of course, emails. It’s estimated that by 2017 there will be almost 5 billion email accounts in the world, compared to 2013’s figure of 3.9 billion. In 2013, over 100 billion emails were sent from business email addresses.* Therefore there is a big market for making the use of emails quicker and simpler.

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The Boxer Enters the Ring

The idea of creating an app that brings together all of your emails in one fell swoop was bound to happen sooner or later. Many people have more than one account – for work, personal or social interactions, even for spam – and it can take a long time to go through them all regularly. When Boxer hit the scene it promised to help with this issue of time management, and even with simply missing messages that could be of high importance. Boxer brings together your emails, contacts and calendar entries from most email and IMAP accounts, including Yahoo, Gmail and Outlook. Its focus on getting the job done quickly means that it has some sublimely simple tools such as bulk archiving, ‘quick response’ and ‘smart labels’.

boxer mail

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So what can Boxer offer that similar apps can’t? Firstly, as it improves with each upgrade it gets more and more reliable and gets connected to more and more names such as Evernote – something that businessmen and women worldwide want to hear. But it has other tricks up its sleeve too. In July 2015 its makers announced that it would have an integrated calendar, accessible directly from the app on iOS (and available as a stand-alone app on Android). The blog at www.getboxer.com says that, because of this update, Boxer is now ‘the most complete mobile productivity solution available’. No more switching back and forth from email app to calendar app.

boxer calendar

boxer calendar

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As with many apps Boxer can pride itself on not breaking the bank. We have become used to paying very little for pretty sophisticated software and apps, and Boxer doesn’t disappoint. Depending on where you download the app, prices range from $0.99 to $4.99. A free version is also available with less features.

Is Boxer a Complete Knockout?

As with the vast majority of apps, Boxer has its diehard fans and its critics too. So where do the grumbles lie? Hopefully any old bugs have been rectified by the constant upgrades, but it is worth mentioning here that some have commented on its unreliability and coding errors. Although the newest update seems to have got rid of most problems with the app crashing there are still those wary about using it. It’s worth mentioning here, although it’s been said a thousand times before, to ensure that you have a reliable backup of all of your data. The old adage ‘It’s better to be safe than sorry’ will never go out of fashion.

boxer counterparts

boxer counterparts

One other thing to note is not a flaw in Boxer itself, but an issue that almost all apps have to face – competition. With free and similar apps such as Seed Mail on the market, and more springing up all the time, Boxer needs to keep on its toes if it wants to remain at the forefront of the organization game.

The Future for Boxer

There’s little doubt in my mind that apps such as Boxer will soon be prevalent on everyone’s smart phones and tablets. We live in a world where nothing online stays the same for too long, so no doubt the workers behind Boxer will be striving to discover the next big idea that will help keep it in pole position. Working closely with big names such as Cyanogen as well as listening to feedback from its users, it looks like Boxer is on the right pathway to continued success.

*Figures from http://www.radicati.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Email-Statistics-Report-2013-2017-Executive-Summary.pdf

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About the author

    Dean Duke

    Dean is a father of 2, working full time as an IT consultant. He is an experienced tablet user spending many years honing his skills and learning to be more productive while using his iPad. After meeting the founder of TabletProductive.com, Chris J. Lee in 2015, he has been a main contributor to the blog ever since.

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