I've enjoyed using the built-in iOS mail app for both the iPhone and the iPad. I used to prefer the Gmail app but found the iOS mail app to be better all-in-one place for all my email accounts, including non-google accounts. Some of the advantages IMO of Apple's iOS Mail app include:
- VIP inbox which lets you see all the emails for designated "VIP" senders in one place. This syncs across to to the Mail app on MacOS computers as well.
- Pretty amazing feature that lets me annotate/sign a PDF document and send back
- Better privacy vs Google's propensity to gather user data
I do wish, however that there is another VIP-like inbox but one that matches specific words in the message subject.
Gmail does have one big advantage which is better search- you get fast search results of emails which also look inside the email contents. But whenever I need to do that, I simply go to the web version of Gmail.
Google perhaps is seeing a trend of iOS users preferring the Apple Mail app over, and is trying to slow/reverse it. Today I received an email from the Gmail Team that says:
You're not using the official Gmail app on your iPhone or iPad. The Gmail app is:
- Smarter: Easily unsend an email sent within the last 5 seconds
- Safer: Ensure the highest level of security for your Gmail
- Faster: See important mail first by separating social and promotional messages
Update to the official Gmail app to get the most out of Gmail on your iPhone or iPad.
Personally, I'm happy with my decision to switch to and stick with the default iOS Mail app. If Google can add more features such as a VIP inbox/combined inbox for multiple accounts, then I might consider it again. For now though, Apple Mail in iOS FTW. What do you guys out there think?