mBox Mail: Windows Live Hotmail for iPhone & iPod Touch

mBox Mail - Windows Live Hotmail Email Program for iPhone and iPod touch
mBox Mail - Windows Live Hotmail Email Program for iPhone and iPod touch. Fluent Factory

The Bottom Line

mBox Mail works much like the iPhone's built-in Mail but talks to Windows Live Hotmail accounts and integrates your Windows Live contacts with your iPhone's, too.
A unified inbox would be nice.

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Pros

  • mBox Mail lets you access multiple Windows Live Hotmail accounts on an iPhone, get push notification
  • You can read and delete mail in all folders and send messages, too
  • mBox Mail integrates both iPhone and Windows Live contacts and more convenience features

    Cons

    • mBox Mail cannot access other POP or IMAP accounts and does not offer a unified inbox
    • You cannot send richly formatted mail with mBox Mail
    • mBox Mail does not quote only selected text in replies

    Description

    • mBox Mail is an email application for Windows Live Hotmail on the iPhone and iPod touch.
    • With mBox Mail, you get all Windows Live Hotmail folders for multiple accounts, and changes you make automatically sync.
    • You can read, delete and send mail, open and print attachments, follow links and send images from Photos.
    • New mail can be announces with sound and vibration in mBox Mail, and always via push notifications.
    • mBox Mail uses both your iPhone and your Windows Live contacts to auto-complete addresses.
    • You can search synchronized mail easily in mBox Mail (though not search on the server messages not yet downloaded)
    • You can include a signature with mail you send from mBox Mail and send yourself a Bcc copy automatically.
    • A pass code can protect email access in mBox Mail.
    • mBox Mail supports iPhone and iPod touch 3.

    Guide Review - mBox Mail 4.0 - Windows Live Hotmail Email Program for iPhone and iPod touch

    You can access Windows Live Hotmail with your iPhone: use Safari, channel Hotmail through an external service, or set it up as a POP account in iPhone Mail, of course.

    These procedures all work, and they're all a tad clumsy.

    How about an app that works just like iPhone Mail but talks to Windows Live Hotmail instead of POP and IMAP accounts? mBox Mail is that application. You can open any folder in your accounts and move messages freely (and in bulk to, say, mark them as such) just like in Mail.

    mBox Mail works beautifully with multiple Windows Live Hotmail accounts. It's a pity mBox Mail cannot aggregate all these account's new messages into a universal inbox, though; even support for regular POP and IMAP accounts might be nice.

    What mBox Mail does very right is gathering contacts: not only does it use and auto-complete your iPhone addresses but those from Windows Live Hotmail as well. Composing messages, then, works much like it does in Mail — in a bit less straight-forward but in a functional manner none the less. You can even attach images from Photos, download received pictures to Photos and save drafts in mBox Mail, though they are not synced with Windows Live Hotmail.

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