App Review: WeMail

November 21, 2014
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If you’re like me, you sometimes feel like you’re drowning in an overflowing information whirlpool of your own making. Cleaning up your email inbox is always the one you say mañana, to, because, after all, when you finally get to it, it won’t be that hard. Right, now, really, I’m not laying a guilt-trip on you. I’ve got enough neuroses of my own to go around. Think of me as being like St. Matthew, Barack Obama, or even Clint Eastwood’s man with no name. I may seem distant to the point of arrogance and wear a slate gray suit, cassock or poncho to give off an aura of vague monasticism, but the main thing is, I really have your best interests at heart.

As such, WeMail is the newest app you can use to fix your overwhelmed and overcrowded inbox. The free service, which launched on Wednesday November 19, 2014, is slick and clever, utilizing more than a few dispositional tricks to take control of your inbox, allowing you a new means of responding to messages while using your very own voice. For the moment it is exclusively available through Android. Soon, however, it will be available on an iOS app, too (And although I called the Apple folks this morning, nobody seemed to know exactly when).

Very much a user-friendly, intuitive product, WeMail is easy to read and understand and support for Google, Outlook, Yahoo and even AOL emails. There’s the usual single inbox with all of your messages, but WeMail goes about classifying and inventorying things differently. If you’ve been used to a long list of messages filtered into time slots from the wife and mother, Joe the boss, the bank, Paypal, newspapers, hobby bulletins and all your preferred stores, you’re going to get a sneaky wee surprise. All of your messages have been tastefully classified, quantified and been bundled according to their sender. If there’s a miscellaneous ‘group’ that defies definition, you can quickly regroup things in a custom manner, tap an arrow to expand all of the messages from that sender or combine him with someone else.

Your inbox becomes instantaneously less chaotic. This is especially helpful for when you get those scores of repeated inquiry and marketing emails from the same company. This is the egg/omelet-selling theory. Keep doing the same thing while adding a few variables and sooner or later a sale will be made. Now you can select and delete all of the same vendor’s messages in one go-around.

WeMail will also filter out the relentless detritus of announcements, social updates and promotional emails, just like Gmail and Google Inbox are supposed to do, but sometimes don’t.  To be fair, Google Inbox is a pretty good app also, it’s fault lying more in the way participants need to be ‘invited’ to join the party and get frustrated by a more complex sign-up process. Anyway, such junk dross will disappear from your inbox and be removed to a new file on a separate reservation in the app’s menu.

What’s really cool is that WeMail lets you send voice responses—whether prerecorded or spontaneous—to emails. You can respond to any email with a recorded voice message up to 20 seconds long, called a ‘Voice Note.’ WeMail also contains an easy to use search engine. You can dig through emails, contacts and attachments and use its intuitive system to sort using keywords and names. It does its searches expeditiously and highlights the results quickly, too. Additionally, there’s a tab that allows you to view all of the attachments you’ve received on a single page, grouped by date, including the sender’s email address. There’s also the way you can trade instant messages with other WeMail users, although, unfortunately, you can’t do it with non-participants.


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