I recently made the switch to the Gmail web-app. I have had a Gmail address (or two) for a long time. However, I have always used a local application to access my email. For years, I used the standard mail app that comes with OSX. Recently, I had switched to Sparrow. However, after Sparrow was acquired by Google, I knew it was a matter of time before I needed to find something else. In the last few months, Sparrow was having some glitches that bothered me enough to start looking around and make a switch once again.
I looked for a few weeks, and where I ended surprised even me. I really don’t like the web interface for Gmail. But in the end… functionality was what won the day. The biggest gain for me, was that once I get the Gmail interface set up the way I want it, I can access my email in that EXACT interface from anywhere. First, I forwarded ALL of my emails to my Gmail account, and then I set each email up to send from there as well. Gmail can automatically respond from the same address that a message was sent to me on… so now I don’t even need to know what address a message comes in on. If I respond, Gmail responds from the correct address (you do have to select this setting). Still, I set up labels for each of my emails, just so I can keep track of where conversations are happening.
Over all, it has taken me a few weeks to get things the way I like them. Now I have my labels and filters set up in a way that works for me, and I am slowly getting accustomed to Gmail shortcuts. The final step for me, was to clean things up. I turned to Gmelius for that. Gmelius allows you to take out adds and clean the interface up a bit (but only in Chrome). Of course, If I access my Gmail from someone else’s computer, it won’t have the final touches that Gmelius adds. The functionality will be the same, though, and I can live with that.
Now that I am on the flip-side of having made the switch… I can hardly imagine going back to a stand-alone email app. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Google (and all super-huge mega companies that are trying to rule the world), but the functionality they offer for email is fantastic for my usage.