Pros huge storage, great layout,no spam, no viruses
Cons requires invites
Summary a great alternative to yahoo and msn hotmail with great security and features, the capacity is always increasing
"Oh, the relief...."on by zilla23
Pros Fast. Handy functionality. IT'S USABLE!
Cons Photo handling
Summary Switched from (7 years! of) Hotmail after 6 months of increasing SERVER TOO BUSY screens.
So far GMail is SUPER FAST. The incoming email notification function works great, displaying the first line of the email. The way it organizes your email by thread is excellent. Overall, just a very user friendly and convenient user interface.
I miss Hotmail's photo handling. When someone sends photos to my Hotmail address, those photos are immediately displayed at the bottom of the message. Like most other email, GMail requires you to view these one at a time.
Also, when you attach photos using Hotmail you can (as of 6 months ago or so...hmmm, coincidence?) SEE the image thumbnails, click on the ones you want, rotate, etc. Gmail simply shows files. Works, but hard to go back to once you start using the thumbs.
I have NO problem with the ads. Apparently it scans your email for keywords and gives you ads based on these. These are mere text listings, formatted like the ads you see when you use Google to search. These are FAR less intrusive than the TWO GIANT GRAPHIC ADS (many with FLASH functionality) that you have to display with EVERY Hotmail refresh.
Pros simple, easy to use, very good spam blocker, lots of memory, nice spam filter, never delete any trash (too much memory)
Cons less stuff such as those smile icons, not many fonts
Summary simple and great
"Brilliant!"on by Madman5252
Pros Fast, efficient and good looking
Cons No drag and drop and no inbuilt MP3 player
Summary Less ads than Yahoo! Mail or Windows Mail Beta.
Pros Tons of storage, clean interface, integration with other Google products, great search as expected
Cons No block list
Summary Gmail is hands down the best email I've used. The interface is clean and intuitive and includes handy keyboard shortcuts. The use of "conversations" to organize emails and replies also greatly reduces mailbox clutter and labels along with Google search make navigating through old emails a breeze. Though both new Yahoo and Microsoft offerings are relatively easy to use since they are so similar to the familiar Outlook, I find the interfaces unnecessarily cluttered.
Google has also successfully integrated Gmail with several of it's other applications like Picasa and Google Calendar adding to its usefulness. The copious amount of storage (currently 2.7 gigs) is also nothing to scoff at.
I am sure CNet will update their review eventually but many of the negative statements made in the review have since been addressed.
-Gmail can be accessed by anyone with a cell phone, not just by invite
-POP3 access is now possible though I have never wanted to take advantage of this due to the unmatched Gmail interface
-I have not done any testing of the spam filter, but I have had no problems with it in a year and a half of use
As for the advertisements, I find them unobtrusive and helpful at times. When checking the status of shipments, I can simply pull up the email and the link to track the package based on the tracking number is right there on the side.
This leads me to my one con. I occasionally get non-spam emails from a company that I have repeatedly tried to unsubscribe from. Gmail doesn't flag these as spam, as it shouldn't, but it would be nice to be able to just block emails from this company.