Developer: Southgate Labs
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iOS Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Triage-1What’s with all the brand new email clients? First Mailbox did its thing, then Mail Pilot dropped on to the world, and now there’s Triage, which is something completely different. What this app does is to simplify the “email as a task list” concept down even further than what Mailbox does. Each email pops up as a card, and three things can be done with it: swipe up to get rid of it, swipe down to keep it, or tap on it to expand it and reply/forward the email. Keeping it leaves it as unread to be dealt with later (in another app, for example), and getting rid of it will either archive, delete, or just mark the email as read as set in the account’s settings. Yes, the app supports multiple accounts, but it does not support push notifications.

Really, this is meant as a complementary app to a primary email app. It’s extremely easy to get a quick glimpse at what’s important in my inbox, before I deal with the necessary emails only when I’m ready to do so. The flaw of many email apps is that they lack the ability to go through messages very quickly, and Triage is all about that.

Now, do not realistically expect this to be a primary email client, as it is clearly not meant for that. It’s the first step when checking the inbox, then The app could use a lefty mode, as the “shring message back to a card” button is on the right side of the screen. Also, it’d be handy to customize the order in which emails appear.

Here’s what Triage is best for: it’s the app worth checking out when first waking up, wanting to see what’s new in the inbox, and deciding quickly on what to get rid of now, and what to keep when checking the inbox for real, whether it be with the official mail app, or even with Mailbox. It’s not much as a primary client, but as a secondary tool? It’s kinda nifty.

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