Google Released Official Gmail App for iOS [download + REVIEW]

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
By OP Editor

New native Gmail app released by Google today for Apple iOS. Download now if you live in the Gmail world.

Gmail App for iPhone iPod touch iPad

iPhone comes with great Mail app (you can even get it to do push mail with Gmail), but Google just made its own version.

You can now download native Gmail App [App Store] for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Features:

  1. Receive notification badges for new messages
  2. Read your mail with threaded conversations
  3. Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting, and reporting spam
  4. Keep track of important messages with priority inbox
  5. Auto-complete contact names as you type
  6. Send and receive attachments
  7. Search through all your mail

1, 2, 5, 6, 7 are already in Apple’s Mail app. So only labeling (Google keeps spam out so don’t really need report spam), and priority inbox (doesn’t work that well in my experience) are the “main” features”

Review: Google Gmail App for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Google Gmail App for iPhone iPad iPod touch
Review based on Google Gmail app version 1.0 tested on iPhone 4S with iOS 5.0.

Good:

  • Selecting multiple emails are easy
  • Pull down to refresh
  • Labels
  • Inbox can be accessed by swping left edge to the right, just like the iPad Mail app

Bad:

  • Error (non-critical) upon launch
  • Push email not working
  • Some emails are not cached for offline reading / responding, while others were downloaded
  • No multiple Gmail accounts
  • Scrolling behavior is poor
  • Trash button next to back button
  • Save button next to send
  • Does not show unread email count badge on home screen
  • No double-click smart zoom (but it’s probably damned if you do and damned if you don’t)

ObamaPacman conclusion: Google’s native Gmail iOS app has some additional features not found in iOS Mail app, so if you need those features then this app is a no brainer.

However, the Gmail app follows the typical Google clunky and fugly design, and has has some problems such as not caching some emails. So those people who are already happy with Apple’s Mail app probably don’t want to switch at this time. But don’t take our word for it, give it a try yourself if you like.

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