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Mr. Salty 11-04-14 07:27 PM

Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
A lot of people are raving about this, but it's invitation-only for right now. Has anyone tried it? Is it worth getting excited about? What do you like or don't like?

Of course, if anyone has an invitation they'd be willing to send me, I'm not above begging!

Trevor 11-04-14 08:35 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
Is this 2004?

LolaRennt 11-04-14 10:31 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 

Originally Posted by Trevor (Post 12291993)
Is this 2004?

Yes. Samoa just joined the American Numbering Plan

Psi 11-04-14 10:34 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
I have it, although I can't decide yet if it's better than GMail. Email is arranged differently, by conversations, and you classify mail differently after you read it - there is a status called "done" but I am not sure if the mail is archived or trashed. In short, it does take some getting used to.

The good thing is that you can keep the standard GMail and Inbox as 2 different things on your phones (Android and iOS) and on your PC, so you can use whichever you prefer at the moment. GMail just recently got a facelift although it hasn't reached the Play store yet, so I want to see how Inbox compares to the new GMail.

I got 3 invites which I gave away already. If you want an invite from Google, send an email to [email protected]. That's what I did, and I got an invite in a few days.

fumanstan 11-04-14 11:37 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
I got it earlier today; not sure if i'm a fan of it. Am I able to invite people? Not sure where to see if I have available invites.

Psi 11-04-14 11:52 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 

Originally Posted by fumanstan (Post 12292207)
Am I able to invite people? Not sure where to see if I have available invites.

You can invite 3 people. Touch (on your phone) or move the cursor (on your PC) over the orange + symbol at the lower right corner. You should see a few buttons pop up, and one of them is to send out invites.

fumanstan 11-05-14 12:02 AM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
I see the + sign, but no option to invite anyone. Just looks like frequent contacts (?), reminders, and compose.

Psi 11-05-14 12:31 AM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
That's strange. Maybe you have to wait a day or so before you can invite. Each of the 3 people I invited is now able to invite 3 other people.

FantasticVSDoom 11-05-14 08:22 AM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
I got an invite from Google, but when I try to set it up, it says I don't... So I just deleted it.

Timber 11-05-14 09:05 AM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
I want to try it but it'll only work for gmail at the moment so I won't be able to use it for my default app since I have several different ones plus my work email on my phone.

My Other Self 11-05-14 09:14 AM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
If anyone wants to send an invite my way I'd appreciate it. I remember when Gmail was invite only way back when. Seems like a century ago. :lol:

Mr. Salty 11-05-14 09:27 AM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
Hey, me first!

I emailed Gmail about two weeks ago for an invitation and still haven't received one.

In the meantime I've been enjoying the recent update to the standard Gmail app. It's much cleaner looking.

fumanstan 11-05-14 01:04 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
https://support.google.com/inbox/answer/6067582?hl=en

Here's the page about invites, but apparently I don't have that icon to invite people. Boo!

EDIT: I guess it does take some time. https://productforums.google.com/for...il/B_bxlyziYko

How do I invite friends to use Inbox?
Within your first week of using Inbox you will receive 3 invites to share with friends (there isn’t a set date/time for when these invitations will appear).

fumanstan 11-05-14 01:27 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 

Originally Posted by Psi (Post 12292142)
I have it, although I can't decide yet if it's better than GMail. Email is arranged differently, by conversations, and you classify mail differently after you read it - there is a status called "done" but I am not sure if the mail is archived or trashed. In short, it does take some getting used to.

The good thing is that you can keep the standard GMail and Inbox as 2 different things on your phones (Android and iOS) and on your PC, so you can use whichever you prefer at the moment. GMail just recently got a facelift although it hasn't reached the Play store yet, so I want to see how Inbox compares to the new GMail.

I got 3 invites which I gave away already. If you want an invite from Google, send an email to [email protected]. That's what I did, and I got an invite in a few days.

Playing around with it today, both on the web interface and the app; I don't really get the "done" thing either. In the app I see it moved to a separate Done category (there's also Snooze) but when I did that to all social stuff all those emails basically went away in the regular Gmail web interface. I guess they're still searchable, but as someone that's used to clicking around normally I'm not sure I like that function at all.

stevevt 11-05-14 02:18 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
Apparently, Google will send out Inbox invites automatically today for 1 hour only, starting in around 2.5 hours.

Details here:
https://twitter.com/inboxbygmail/sta...66644400218112

Timber 11-05-14 02:59 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
So basically giving the finger to everybody that has already put in for an invite but hasn't gotten one yet.

Mr. Salty 11-05-14 03:52 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
Agreed, but at least I can get a damned invitation sooner rather than later.

Supermallet 11-05-14 08:00 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
Emailed them at 3:00 PM PST. No invite and it's already 6 PM PST. I don't really care, but don't advertise what you can't deliver.

fumanstan 11-05-14 08:20 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
Yeah, they're slow and just started sending them out.

https://twitter.com/inboxbygmail/sta...79163940855810

Supermallet 11-05-14 09:44 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
I did end up getting one. Seems like Gmail just applied smart filters automatically.

E Unit 11-05-14 11:13 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
I've had it for a couple of weeks, but I guess I'm so used to the iPhone setup, I don't go into the Inbox app too often. I'm kinda "meh" about it.

Mr. Salty 11-06-14 12:37 AM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
My invitation came while I was at a showing if "Interstellar," so I won't get a chance to play with it until tomorrow.

joeblow69 11-06-14 10:40 AM

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So does this finally unify their email apps? That's my one biggest beef with android, they had 2 separate email apps, one for GMail, and then another for pop/imap. DUMB. (yes, you could techically just use the pop one and set up your gmail account there, but then you'd lose push, and a bunch of gmail features)

fumanstan 11-06-14 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by joeblow69 (Post 12293422)
So does this finally unify their email apps? That's my one biggest beef with android, they had 2 separate email apps, one for GMail, and then another for pop/imap. DUMB. (yes, you could techically just use the pop one and set up your gmail account there, but then you'd lose push, and a bunch of gmail features)

For what it's worth, the new GMail app allows you to add accounts from other providers now.

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/get-gmail...oid-right-now/

Mr. Salty 11-06-14 11:56 AM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 

Originally Posted by joeblow69 (Post 12293422)
So does this finally unify their email apps? That's my one biggest beef with android, they had 2 separate email apps, one for GMail, and then another for pop/imap. DUMB. (yes, you could techically just use the pop one and set up your gmail account there, but then you'd lose push, and a bunch of gmail features)

This app doesn't, but as fumanstan says, Gmail 5.0 does and it works very well.

joeblow69 11-06-14 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr. Salty (Post 12293493)
This app doesn't, but as fumanstan says, Gmail 5.0 does and it works very well.

Groovy!

JTH182 11-07-14 05:40 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
I tried Inbox, but didn't like it much. GMail 5.0 is much better for me, plus it allows me to get rid of the regular Email app I use for my Hotmail account, which must free up some resources.

Mr. Salty 11-07-14 05:47 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
That may be the way I'm leaning, too. I like how clean Inbox looks, but Gmail 5.0 is cleaner looking, too, and I do have a Hotmail account I use for e-commerce. I like having that rolled into the Gmail app.

joeblow69 11-07-14 07:06 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
It boggles my mind how they thought forcing us to use 2 email apps was a great idea for so long.

Mr. Salty 11-08-14 01:22 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
Well, in their defense, I can see why they wouldn't put a lot of effort into helping people use competing services. I can't sign into Gmail using Microsoft's Outlook app either.

joeblow69 11-08-14 02:09 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
I guess, but not even basic POP mail? that's hella lame. on the iPhone you can use their mail app to log into damn near anything.

Mr. Salty 11-08-14 05:39 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 

Originally Posted by joeblow69 (Post 12295483)
I guess, but not even basic POP mail? that's hella lame. on the iPhone you can use their mail app to log into damn near anything.

But email has never been a major part of Apple's business model the way Gmail is to Google. Notice you can't buy Android apps from Apple's App Store.

Also, I'm not sure people in 2014 still use the word "hella."

joeblow69 11-08-14 08:51 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 

Originally Posted by Mr. Salty (Post 12295592)
But email has never been a major part of Apple's business model the way Gmail is to Google. Notice you can't buy Android apps from Apple's App Store.

Also, I'm not sure people in 2014 still use the word "hella."

The fact that google would rather force their users into clunky interfaces rather than allow a tiny bit of compatibility goes to show you the large divide between apple & google.

and hella is making a comeback .. you heard it here first!

Mr. Salty 11-09-14 01:49 AM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
Yes, because between the two companies, Android is the one known for being rigid and closed off and Apple is open to letting users do whatever they want.

fumanstan 11-09-14 10:46 AM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
Northern California people never stopped using hella :( It's always been hella lame. :p

Groucho 11-09-14 11:02 AM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
Can somebody give a 30 second overview as to what makes this different than standard Gmail?

RoyalTea 11-09-14 01:18 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 

Originally Posted by Groucho (Post 12295996)
Can somebody give a 30 second overview as to what makes this different than standard Gmail?

If you get an email and you read it and you're done with it, check it off as done and it moves into your archive. That's pretty easy to do with standard gmail.

But if you get an email and you know you'll need to act on it but don't want to act on it immediately, you can "snooze" it and it will temporarily move into your archive and come back to your inbox as new at a predetermined time.

Mr. Salty 11-09-14 02:09 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 

Originally Posted by Groucho (Post 12295996)
Can somebody give a 30 second overview as to what makes this different than standard Gmail?

In addition to what RoyalTea said, Inbox also bundles similar messages into groups, like Travel, Finance and so forth. For example, any emails I get about online orders and shipping are grouped together. You can create categories, too, I think.

Snoozing messages or pinning them is handier than I expected.

Here's Google's video about Inbox:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bzNTjpUMOp4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Michael T Hudson 11-12-14 08:02 PM

Re: Gmail Inbox --- Is it the best thing since sliced bread?
 
Got a invite today. It seems pretty good so far.


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