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Gmail

The most popular webmail client at the moment, integrating deeply into the Google ecosystem and offering many features.

4

Our rating: 

4
Get It: Android | iOS | Web App
License: Free (Ads)
Review & Alternatives: Best Free Email Software

Pros & Cons:

Can be linked to other Google Products e.g. Calender, Buzz, Talk.
Has advertising, a little cluttered in its present form, need to pay for additional storage.

Our Review:

Gmail is arguably the most popular webmail client at the moment, integrating deeply into the Google ecosystem and offering more features than it ever has before. On that note, features wise, it has a lot that you would expect such as:

  • Works with both POP and IMAP
  • Arrange emails into folders by adding 'Labels'
  • Filters
  • Contacts and tasks can be added and amended.

You'll get a lot more out of Gmail if you use other Google products. For example, if you use Google+ (which, realistically, you don't, but hypothetically...) you can chat right in the Gmail window, you can also view your circles on the right hand sidebar. Another great feature is Google Labs which is a series of add-ons that you can use to customise your Gmail; it's a very nice feature for more advanced users and it's great to see this amount of customization in a webmail client.

Although Gmail is free, there are ads displayed at the top of the list of emails which is fairly unobtrusive, but can make things look a bit cluttered and at first for me when I tested it, a little confusing as I wasn't expecting it.

You get 10GB of space for free, but if you need more (again, realistically, you won't), Google offer monthly payment plans to get you more space, which can go up to 16TB.

Gmail is at its peak, but there are downsides. The adverts while discrete can annoy some users and the Google+ integration can seem annoying if you don't use it; however, all that put aside, it's certainly a stylistic, elegant email client and offers a great number of features.

In addition to the web version, Gmail is also available on mobile platforms including Android and iOS.


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