1. Alli's Avatar
    Just out of curiosity, what kind of features or what could make the iCloud email service more compelling to make you switch from .gmail to .me?
    Compelling could mean automatic backups of the 100GB of photos that Google currently gives me.

    It would certainly mean allowing me to use my custom domain addresses rather than @me.com. And yes, I know how simple it is to work around that by forwarding - but why should we? Google simply hosts our email servers. If Apple will do that - they may have something.
    07-06-2011 10:18 AM
  2. anon(153966)'s Avatar
    Alli, I take it you have your photos in Picasa? I need to do the same, I only have about 30GB...
    07-06-2011 11:15 AM
  3. Arelunde's Avatar
    I've been on Gmail about a year ago for email, contacts and calendar, with Gmail fetching my Pop3 accounts. Have not had ANY problems and am gradually shifting my email to the Gmail address so it's pushed.

    I started with Outlook at first, syncing to Gmail. Finally dawned on me that Outlook was not only an awful email server (ever try to send an attachment unless you are using plain text), it was an unnecessary step. I shifted to Gmail direct, but ran Outlook parallel for a couple months, just in case Gmail didn't work put. Dropped Outlook and never looked back. So far, the Gmail concept is ultra-convenient, especially the instant sync among all devices.
    07-07-2011 05:32 PM
  4. Hail Caesar's Avatar
    I wish Apple would just have there own email client!! I would dump gmail in a heartbeat.
    07-07-2011 09:07 PM
  5. Alli's Avatar
    Apple does have their own email client. Did you mean email server?

    Apple's email client on the Mac sucks dead llama hoohoos. I'm hoping the refresh coming with Lion is something useable. Apple's email client on iOS has already improved, and is looking better on iOS 5.
    07-08-2011 12:34 AM
  6. anon4705295's Avatar
    Apple's email client on the Mac sucks dead llama hoohoos.
    Please, for the love of all that is holy, let the ATT00001.htm signature attachment bug be dead D: if that's still in the Lion release, I might blow up...
    07-08-2011 05:25 PM
  7. HuntBarr's Avatar
    I congratulate you, sir. That's not easy to do - Google seems to have infiltrated everyone's lives, whether they think about it or not.
    07-08-2011 06:29 PM
  8. iamjose's Avatar
    Apple does have their own email client. Did you mean email server?

    Apple's email client on the Mac sucks dead llama hoohoos. I'm hoping the refresh coming with Lion is something useable. Apple's email client on iOS has already improved, and is looking better on iOS 5.
    wait.. so apple doesn't have their own email server? what are all these @me.com and @mac.com accounts that people are talking about?

    I was hoping that once iCloud becomes available to the general public I would be about to have an @me.com email address and perhaps leave gmail also... is this not the case?
    07-08-2011 06:45 PM
  9. cardfan's Avatar
    I'm fine with google for certain things. Gmail still works best for me. I use Outlook on PC and a plug-in to sync with google. Google sync on iOS. If iCloud is better, i'll switch but no pressing need right now.

    BTW..not only do passwords need to be good ones, but so do the hints or whatever you use to recover a password. You'd be surprised how easy it is to guess these especially if you tell all on facebook.
    07-10-2011 12:49 PM
  10. Ivana's Avatar
    wait.. so apple doesn't have their own email server? what are all these @me.com and @mac.com accounts that people are talking about?

    I was hoping that once iCloud becomes available to the general public I would be about to have an @me.com email address and perhaps leave gmail also... is this not the case?
    @mac.com is the old Apple address one could get, now it's @me.com. Those are Apple emails. You can not get me.com at the moment because they are working on changing it and adapting it for the iCloud feature, but before, if you wanted to be a paying customer, you could have made your own @me.com address. You were offered a trial, of course.

    The benefits of paying for a @me.com address were email, calendar, address book syncing between different devices, being able to host files on Apple's servers, have websites, galleries and such.
    07-10-2011 04:30 PM
  11. UkimeNikushimi's Avatar
    @the Topic: I guess there will always be pros and cons to everything. But Google, I believe, with their new look and their recent (and continuing) updates, will be getting better and better and as they step further into the world of the 'cloud', something amazing will come of it. I guess I'm trying to say, that I think it isn't time to give up on Google just YET.
    07-11-2011 12:07 AM
  12. bmuncy's Avatar
    I must appluad you because I have recently fell into Google's clutches. I have never had a bad experience, only great things so far. With Google I have been able to keep all my calendars in sync with no hassle what so ever. Of course I also rely on their search engine hardcore. Gmail could use some improvement because my mail is somewhat a mess because where I have tried organizing my email it just made things worse. But that is mainly my fault and need to sit down and fix it.

    As far as Hotmail or Yahoo, I hate both. I just have a grudge on yahoo but I have used hotmail since I have had an email and it is nothing but a spam magnet. I tried to even go through every junk email and "unsubscribe" and at one point I was down to about 5 a day. Now I don't hardly use it except for xbox and stuff like that. I check it about every few days and I have hundreds of spam emails.
    07-11-2011 08:32 AM
  13. bgl321's Avatar
    I have used gmail for about a year. Loved it until I got the iPhone 4. I set the account up as an Exchange so everything would sync (email, contacts, and canlendar). When I deleted messages from my iphone they would go into a "All Mail Folder" that somehow got created. So if I deleted any message from the iPhone it wouldn't go into the "trash" folder but instead the "All Mail" folder. Would have to back track and delete twice and sort through "all Mail" It became very annoying. A small problem but very a irritating. Besides that I loved gmail. Anyone else have this problem?

    In the meantime I switched to a live.com account and have been pretty happy with it. No problems. Contacts, mail, and claendar sync just fine.
    07-15-2011 04:52 PM
  14. Ivymin's Avatar
    I often use Google, but haven't met this situation
    07-22-2011 12:27 AM
  15. ckelly's Avatar
    When comparing Gmail to Ymail, Gmail in my opinion wins hand down. I have them both and only use Ymail for my junk mail so it really never even gets opened. They are both pretty similar but I have never had any issues with Gmail and its very user friendly. However the Iphone versus any Android phone is a no brainer. I had nothing but problems with my Android phone. It froze all the time, was extremely slow and not as user friendly. Thats probably the only Google product I have had an issue with. I will still continue to use Gmail on the Iphone until something if anything proves to be better. Not to mention everyone has a Gmail account which is a plus for Gtalk!
    09-13-2011 12:17 AM
  16. bgl321's Avatar
    Since I last wrote on 7/15 I have switched yet again. The annoyance of not being able to truly delete a message from the gmail on the iphone has lessened. Gmail and google calendar and contacts is just a better product than anything I've used.
    09-13-2011 03:55 PM
  17. claudiav93's Avatar
    For my English class I had to try to go Google free for a week and think about the benefits from doing so. Ive never been very concerned with my privacy on the internet or how Google owns everything but throughout the assignment I started thinking about it. Im still not that worried with my information but I am a little more worried about how Google is a monopoly and you cant go on the internet without encountering them.
    09-14-2011 01:02 PM
  18. bern_nutz's Avatar
    I've been using Hotmail for about 3 years now and have it set up as an Exchange account on my iPhone, have never had any problems. Mail, contacts and all Windows Live calendars push and sync perfectly. You can now also create alias mail accounts to use for online shopping and such.

    The other features I find useful are the Active View so you can view for example WMP content from with the webmail interface and the built-in Office web apps (Word, PP, Excel and OneNote). With 25GB of free Skydrive storage for documents, photos, music, etc you can't go wrong! That's supposed to be increasing to unlimited for docs and photos and 25GB for everything else in the next month or so and MS is going to be releasing a Skydrive iOS app to access it all from the phone.

    I've used Yahoo in the past, just kept getting from worse to crap, have never really used Gmail though (don't have a reason to yet Lol ) so can't really compare it.

    p.s. This is not supposed to be a MS ad, just trying to help!
    Last edited by BernNutz; 09-14-2011 at 01:26 PM.
    09-14-2011 01:21 PM
  19. Luzabeth's Avatar
    i have hotmail pushed through my iphone and have never had any issues at all
    09-18-2011 01:40 AM
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    09-27-2011 03:41 AM
  21. scientist88's Avatar
    Unfortunately, my interest in Google+ is causing me to keep my Google account. Hopefully I will find a way to work it out, but I don't really have a problem with Google other than their smartphone, tablet, and Android competition with Apple.
    10-07-2011 01:23 AM
  22. Phil DeLong's Avatar
    My interest in G+ is quickly dwindling as no one is on it (or so it seems anyway) but Gmail still seems to be the best free mail alternative to me, as I will never go back to Yahoo. So unfortunately as much as I'd like to get away from Google, it's kind of unavoidable.
    10-07-2011 09:16 AM
  23. Rockdog97's Avatar
    if you dont use Gmail/Calendar for your contacts and calendar sync.. what do you use?

    Can you go google-less and just use Outlook to sync contacts, calendar and email?
    10-17-2011 11:14 PM
  24. bgl321's Avatar
    Anyone using @me.com email since iOS 5 came out... thoughts?
    10-27-2011 01:25 PM
  25. warmwater's Avatar
    I use Google for Mail, Calendar, Contact Management and Maps. It actually works pretty good for 3 out of the 4 (Maps being the exception), but if there was an alternative I would jump. I have just decided I don't want Google snooping through my stuff anymore. I have had them since 2001.

    Maps through Chrome always gives me hassles. Their 'improvements" continually cause me more work. I set a default address everytime and yet when I look for directions it always asks me from where. It used to keep the default, no longer. The part that bugs me is when you go to google help, many people have these issues, for long time, and google doesn't care. C'mon this is a basic.

    Contacts: It works pretty good but when I add a picture from my phone, after the sync with GContacts, the picture comes back low res, no longer full screen when I call them or they call me, yes, it is a minor issue, but it used to work, they got rid of that feature, when you go to google help, lots of people have that issue and they don't seem to care

    Google Tasks: Never works through email like they say it will, after looking at other alternatives and trying to sync google tasks, the other services say google does not provide a standard api and thus there sync is spotty.

    Bottom line, things work OK with Google, but I want it to work good and want more privacy. If there was a cloud based alternative I would switch.
    I use a PC, an air, an Ipad and an Iphone and they all need to sync. Google is the closest so far.
    01-02-2012 11:27 AM
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