3 Great Mailbox Alternatives

3 Great Mailbox Alternatives is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you were a die-hard user of Mailbox, here are three great Mailbox alternatives that you should consider checking out.

The Mailbox app has been a popular email client on iPhone and Android for a while, but Dropbox has announced that it will be shutting down the app early next year.

Dropbox acquired the Mailbox app for $100 million in 2013, and just a couple of years later, the company is announcing its discontinuation. On February 26, 2016, Mailbox will be no more, and while it’s not specifically know why Mailbox is going the way of the dodo, Dropbox says that it has “increased our team’s focus on collaboration and simplifying the way people work together” as the company’s reason for shutting down Mailbox.

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The app hasn’t made any major headlines recently, but it’s actually been a rather popular email app for both iPhone and Android users, with a 4.5/5 star rating in the iTunes App Store from nearly 60,000 users, and a 4-star rating from almost 50,000 users in the Google Play store.

Read: 10 iPhone Apps You Need To Replace Today

But now that Mailbox is gone, here are three Mailbox alternatives that you should consider checking out.

Gmail

An obvious choice is the official Gmail app, which is available on both iPhone and Android devices. The app provides almost an identical version of the Gmail web app with labels, stars, and other features.

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There’s also support for up to five Gmail accounts and you can even search through your entire inbox to find a specific email. You can also send and receive attachments within the app and  organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting, reporting spam, etc.

It’s certainly better than the iPhone’s stock Mail app, and while that app has its own unique features, nothing quite gets close to the Gmail app if you’re a Gmail user.

Inbox

Inbox is another email app from Google, and it’s aimed as a better version of Gmail of sorts. It takes what’s great about Gmail and adds some more features and refines it a bit.

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Perhaps one the biggest features of Inbox is that it bundles certain emails together for better organization. Similar emails are grouped together so that you can manage them more easily and more quickly than if they were individual emails.

Read: Gmail vs Inbox: Which One Should You Use?

Another neat feature of Inbox is the ability to snooze an email, which means you can be reminded about that email at a later time if you’re too busy to deal with it right now. It’s almost like you’re receiving the email a second time, but only this time around it’s arriving in your inbox when it’s convenient for you.

Outlook

One email app that doesn’t get enough credit is Outlook. Years ago, Outlook was mostly seen as the nerdy business-focused email client that most companies used, and it still is for the most part, but it’s actually become quite the email app even for individuals.

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Perhaps the best thing about Outlook on mobile is that is has a clean and simple design that’s easy to learn and master, so even if you aren’t familiar with Outlook at all, you’ll be able to become familiar with the mobile app in no time.

Outlook has two main sections: Focused and Other. Emails that are important to you are put in Focused, while everything else is put in Other, making it easier to read and respond to emails that you need to address.

You can also connect other services to Outlook in order to easily send and receive attachments, and you can snooze emails to be reminded about them later, which is a great feature to have for busy folks.

3 Great Mailbox Alternatives is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Qualcomm now facing EU anti-trust charges as well

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Over the years, more than one American based company (and plenty of European ones, too) have come under fire in the EU for violation of antitrust law with famous examples including Microsoft and, more recently, Google. Now Qualcomm is facing a few problems of its own as European regulators have accused the chip giant of bribery and other anti-competitive practices.

According to the European Commission, they have reason to believe that Qualcomm is guilty of illegally paying a large sum of cash to an unnamed “major customer” in order to convince them to exclusively use Qualcomm chip. In addition, Qualcomm is said to have purposely sold many of its chips at under cost with the sole aim of forcing smaller European competitor Icera out of business – a company that has since been purchased by NVIDIA.

Bottom-line, the EU says that Qualcomm’s practices gave them an unfair advantage over their competition. If found guilty, Qualcomm could be facing some hefty fines, though the exact sum is hard to guess at this point. Qualcomm has until April to respond to the charges.

What do you think, regardless of the EU’s antitrust laws that are in place, how do you feel about a competitor using exclusivity deals and below-cost pricing in order to create problems for less financially solid competitors? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Zopo Speed 7 & Speed 7 Plus: Budget Phone, Impressive Software

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Zopo is not an OEM you may have heard of, or even considered before. They produce a small line up of budget devices each with a version of Android that is close to stock with just a few useful features thrown in, and this all results in a very smooth experience.

The Speed 7 and Speed 7 Plus differ only in screen and battery size, they both feature a slightly curved, plastic, brush effect back and no hardware navigation buttons, going instead for the on-screen alternative which no doubt aids in keeping the price low here. Something that I felt I had to emphasise before getting started as it is something that I see frequently when browsing mobile store pages and is surely borderline false advertising is the statement “Ultra-narrow bezel”. Yes, the edges of the phone only protrude a millimetre. However, the display is bordered by a thick black band making the narrow bezel redundant. This is not something you will see in the Zopo store’s showcase of the bezels.

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It doesn’t take a genius to notice the huge difference between the official image and the actual product’s beefy bezel. Using a phone with tiny bezels and no black border as my daily driver it was the first thing I noticed as the boot animation played unfortunately, this is one of those grievances that once seen I just can’t shake, every time I turn on the display it’s the first thing I see. For the price, I cannot be too judgemental but after seeing the image on the store I felt let down.

Specifications

Zopo Speed 7 Zopo Speed 7 Plus
Dimensions 146.1mm x 70.6mm x 8.65mm 153.6mm x 76.5mm x 8.8mm
Weight 136g 164g
Screen Size 5.0″ 5.5″
Resolution 1920 x 1080 (440 PPI) 1920 x 1080 (400 PPI)
Android Version 5.1 5.1
CPU MediaTek MT6753 MediaTek MT6753
Cores Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit
GPU ARM Mali-T720 MP3 450MHz ARM Mali-T720 MP3 450MHz
RAM 3GB 3GB
Storage 16GB (11.13GB available) 16GB (11.13GB available)
External  Storage MicroSD up to 64GB MicroSD up to 64GB
Back Camera 13.2 MP 13.2 MP
Front Camera 5 MP 5 MP
Battery 2500mAh 3000mAh
Bands 4G FDD-LTE:Bands 3/7/20 (800/1800/2600MHz)

3G WCDMA:Bands 1/2/8 (900/1900/2100MHz)

2G GSM:Bands 2/3/5/8 (850/900/1800/1900MHz)

4G FDD-LTE:Bands 3/7/20 (800/1800/2600MHz)

3G WCDMA:Bands 1/2/8 (900/1900/2100MHz)

2G GSM:Bands 2/3/5/8 (850/900/1800/1900MHz)

Software

As I mentioned earlier the version of Android it runs does resemble stock, which in my opinion is always a bonus. The little bloatware it shipped with could be uninstalled readily and as such was only a minor nuisance. Where it stands out is the few key features they have added which really takes it to another level for budget devices. Inside the settings you will find options for scheduled power on and off, smart wake and MediaTek’s NFC alternative HotKnot.

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I love the concept of a power on/off schedule, removing the fear that one day I will forget to turn my phone off in the weekly meeting with the boss or forgetting to turn it back on afterwards. Smart Wake is a feature becoming increasingly popular with ROMs of late, double tap on the display and it turns on or draw a letter to open an app is brilliant when you need something in a hurry, never miss that perfect photo moment again. HotKnot seems like a good idea in theory, place 2 devices with the technology screen-to-screen and selected data will transfer… but alas, this of course will only work if both devices have it — something doubtful given that HotKnot for the moment is really only apparent in some new Chinese MediaTek devices.

Performance

Both devices handle general usage well and I was able to browse menus,  home screens and the Play Store with no frame skips as can been seen from the Profile GPU Rendering. Although jumping into games does cause frequent jumps and skips. Geekbench places the devices at around 610 in a single core bench just lower than the Samsung Galaxy S4 and a respectable 2870 on multi-core comparisons just above the Samsung Galaxy S5. More than enough for most activities.

Build Quality

The phone’s build quality is as you would expect from devices that come in at less than $200, the bodies are plastic, the audio jack is offset towards the back of the device meaning the port is not a complete circle due to the bezels,

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What it does have instead is two sharp points where they fail to meet. While you cannot feel any give when gently pressing on the back you do get creaks which are audible with day to day usage. It is not difficult to bend and flex the phone which can be done one handed, it seems that it would not stand up to much punishment.

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Camera

As you can image from a budget device the camera isn’t going to be breath-taking,but  it does try to make up for this with the app which has a few fun and occasionally useful features, one being the ability to capture and explore “multi-angle” images which can then be exported as videos or GIFs as seen below. For the selfie addicts out there PIP mode allows you to take a photo with each camera at the same time overlaying your face into a polaroid style window. Also included is gesture detection, hold two fingers up in the “peace gesture” and the phone will take a photo for long distance selfies.

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Despite a few issues with build quality these are both reasonable devices for the price. Zopo have released the source and rooting options, CWM and a few ROMs are already available for these devices in the forums. It will be interesting to see how these devices develop as they receive frequent OTAs.

What do you think of these budget devices? Let us know in the comments!

Re:Director Lets You Customize Browser Redirects and More

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Price: Free
Rating: ****~ (4/5)
Android Game Review by AndroidAppsReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Browsing the Internet on your Android device is likely something you do on a fairly regular basis. However, you probably use apps like Facebook and Twitter in order to make your browsing experience a bit more interactive.

Re:Director is a very interesting utility that lets you customize your browsing experience by automatically opening certain apps when clicking on a link in your device’s web browser.

Concept and Functionality

Android definitely lets users get “under the hood” much more than its competitors, but sometimes setting up preferences can be a bit more complicated than it should be. Re:Director aims to give users control over redirects so that links go straight to apps instead of another browser tab.

Re:Director, by whs.su, exists more as a preference page instead of a standalone app. Opening the app allows you to customize settings and view a variety of options, including a useful URL journal. This is essentially a browser history function.

One thing I did experience with Re:Director is semi-sporadic crashes. It’s tough to pinpoint them, but it’s not enough to make the app really frustrating. The developers mentioned that the app is still in its early stages, so on the plus side you know there’s a lot of development still happening but it also means crashes are entirely possible.

Features

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Along with being able to automatically redirect browser links to apps, Re:Director includes a few useful features such as Learning Mode. This forces a dialogue to pop up whenever you click a link, letting you choose which app you want the link to open.

Re:Director also includes a handy built-in reader called JustRead, which automatically fetches article content and renders it into a clear and readable format. According to the app’s Google Play page, this feature is still under active development and might be a bit buggy.

Value

Re:Director is available to download from Google Play for free, but the app is supposed to be supported by ads, even though I didn’t come across any. There’s also a great out option to purchase a premium upgrade of the app, which means the developers are likely planning on making the app freemium in the future.

Overall, it certainly doesn’t cost anything to give Re:Director a try. The app offers a few features that users might find helpful, especially those who want to have more control over their browsing experience.

redirector.jpgRe:Director requires Android 2.3.3+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

AndroidAppsReview’s Rating: ****~ (4/5)

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