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Nov
27
2014

The Next step in Mobile Email

Disclaimer: This article was written by a guest publisher who is not affiliated with Technically Motivated. This is not an endorsement.

Email apps seem to be popping up left and right these days with no clear “winner” in sight. They’re all vying for a coveted “dock” position, or that little space on the bottom of your iPhone where the apps never change no matter how hard you swipe. With so many apps out there asking you to replace the old email app “dock” spot with theirs the question remains; which app really does belong there? After giving many of these apps a quick assessment on speed, looks, and practicality I can definitely say that Gusto is currently my favourite in all three categories.
Speed wise, I couldn’t find many other apps can keep up with Gusto. The first function I tried was refresh email, and I expected to have to wait for a few seconds for my emails to pop up, but immediately all my emails from all of the accounts I had synced appeared in chronological order, all colour-coordinated to keep me organized. I then checked the photos and files tabs, all of which had been added and organized chronologically already. I quickly tapped their search feature to see if I could find a file an old professor had sent me years ago. It was super simple to narrow the search down to my school email, professor’s email address, and partial file name and presto the file is right there for me.
The only thing I didn’t immediately like about the Gusto app was the way they displayed my emails, files, and photos. After playing with the app for a few more minutes, however, I found out you can choose between three different views of you emails, files, and photos. All this plus the fact that they already have a beta web page where I can already access my photos and files from my single Gusto account really cemented Gusto in my mind as the email app for me. It looks like my dock will have a new email app to keep the Safari, Phone, and Music apps company.

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