Gmail

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


Summary
Our Score

License Free (Ads)
Link https://mail.google.com/
Can be linked to other Google products e.g. Hangouts, Meet, etc.
Has advertising, a little cluttered in its present form, need to pay for additional storage.
Details

Gmail is arguably the most popular email 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:

  • Work with both POP and IMAP;
  • Arrange emails into folders by adding labels
  • Group emails by categories, like Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums;
  • 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 Hangouts, you can chat right in the Gmail window. Another great feature is Google Meet for video meetings; click “New meeting” from the left panel on the web client to get a link that you can send to people that you want to meet with, or click “Join a meeting” and enter the meeting code given by the organizer.

On the right panel, you can access Calendar, Keep, Tasks and Contacts, or get add-ons that work with Gmail to improve productivity.

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 15 GB of storage space for free and that’s shared across Gmail, Drive and Photos for each Google account. If you need more (realistically, you won’t), Google offers monthly payment plans to get you more space.

Gmail is at its peak, but there are downsides. The adverts while discrete can annoy some users, and the Hangouts and Meet integration can seem annoying if you don’t use them; however, all that put aside, it is 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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