Gmail Users: Is Apple's "Mail" App Good Enough or Do You Prefer The Offline Browser?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by HappyDude20, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Simple basic question here. I'm curious as to if "Mail" may be right for me.

    For the longest time i've been using Gmail and also the offline lab feature that allows me to access my gmail via the web browser. Rather than me going into a big explaining here i'll just mention i'm befuddled on whether to stick with Gmail's offline use or switch things up to Apple's Mail; reason in doing so is i've recently been noticing how some apps like OmniFocus play nice with Apple's Mail.

    Also having a Gcal account and using it I can't but help and prefer Gcal tenfold over iCal. But Gcal's offline use sucks for me when using Firefox. It's always a gamble when I'm offline and want to check my Gcal, sometimes it works and other times it doesn't. I'm not a big fan of iCal but have it always sync'd with Gcal so am currently using iCal...and am thinking about using Mail now. I just feel I enjoy Gmail's search, starring and folder system.

    Plus I think I remember that when I include my account in Mail I see it downloading the 3GB's of Mail I have..and even though i'd assume Gmail would do the same, I never see where it goes which rests uneasy with me..


  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
  3. quantum003 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2009
    I didn't adopt Apple Mail until Snow Leopard and the MS Exchange integration. Now I route both my Gmail and Exchange accounts into my one Apple Mail inbox. When I compose a message in Mail, I choose the account I want to send it from using a drop-down box. Extremely convenient.

    As a side note, having both iCal and Address Book sync up to MS Exchange as simply and fluidly as they do as well is an very impressive feature as well.
  4. robj macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2009
    Madrid, Spain
    I use and Gmail without anyproblem, when I'm at work, i use gmail online web, but when I'm at home, I use the apple application.

    Indeed, i have syncronized the and iCal with iPhone as well, so google is the backend for all my data :D. when I add an appoinment in iCal I can edit it and see it with my iPhone, using Thunderbird in Windows or in Google Calendar web page.

    Everything is in sync :D
  5. nomar383 macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2008
    Rexburg, ID
    I used for quite a while until just recently. I decided to actually go to an all web-based gmail experience. became too much to try and use when I have 5+ email accounts setup through it. It was getting pickier and pickier about my outgoing mail settings. Might work a charm for you though!
  6. ethical macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    Havn't used online Gmail in ages, it's all about Apple Mail for me!
  7. NXTMIKE macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    To have your email fully integrated into your OS, is something you will always value. Especially when you'll know instantly when a new message is received with the unread mail badge on the Mail icon in the dock.

    Also, if you're an iWork user, you'll learn to love the two click steps to share a document through Mail.

    For me, the Apple Mail app is good enough.
  8. dbwie macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM, USA
    Gmail (IMAP) + Apple mail app works great for me. Also, I use the mail app on the iPhone to check my Gmail, no problems. Google has created detailed instructions on how to set up Mail app for Gmail. You can set it up for IMAP, and then you can do both tasks: use the Mail app and use the browser interface if you access the internet from some other computer.
  9. krimsen macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2005

    I really like the Gmail web interface. Didn't use since the Tiger days, I think. But then, I never liked Mail :)
  10. nomar383 macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2008
    Rexburg, ID
    With my dozens of labels I found it was becoming a pain to drag them over to the left in all day. The move to label option in gmail is convenient. And I have ALL my other email accounts forward their mail to my gmail account and have the "send mail as" option enabled in that account for all of them. Very easy to manage once it's set up. The only thing I don't like is the gmail notifier app I use now, it seems to be a little slow on the uptake sometimes. notified me instantly when I got a new email.
  11. Benito macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2010
    Toronto, Canada
    I just recently started using Mail in SL and have both a gmail and yahoo account. I LOVE the Mail program, it has really helped having the mail program integrated into the OS and I love the way so many apps are integrated now, iCal and Address Book in particular.
  12. krimsen macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2005
    what he said. But the notification issue does not bother me, as I have my browser open all the time and can see the tab caption change when a new mail is coming in.

    One thing I sometimes miss is the Address Book integration with my groups set up.
  13. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
  14. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    That makes two of us. I wish the mail had a few more things but I am pretty darn pleased with what I have now.
  15. Halcylon macrumors newbie


    Jul 28, 2009
    The only problem I ever have with Mail is when I send large images. It resizes them for my clients, so I tend to use the web interface to send large images.
  16. Anijake macrumors 6502


    Oct 19, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    I just started using Fluid. This is like the best of both worlds, a stand alone app for gmail web mail. I get a badge when there is new mail, and with a script a "beep". I also use it for google reader.
  17. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2005
    Mac Mail, plus a Gmail RSS feed via Vienna (or any other RSS reader... yes, Gmail has an RSS feed) for my inbound Gmail messages. Works wonderfully.
  18. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    I use the Mail program. Never even tried the offline Gmail feature. Didn't need to bother.
  19. macjunk(ie) macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    gmail...the interface is rich plus you also get to use features straight from the lab....
  20. Cybbe macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2004
    As Google have decided to silently kill off off Google Gears for mac, is the only way to go. Offline Gmail is at the moment not available for Snow Leopard (don't get me wrong though, I'm aware of the clumsy workarounds). Until Google decides to go full html 5 (the rumoured reasons for killing off Google Gears), is the only decent alternative for offline viewing.

    I use both when I'm online. doesn't do search too well (as each email turns up a couple of times), nor does it handle labels.
  21. colourfastt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2009
    Neither; I used to use Mail but have switched to Entourage.
  22. neoserver macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2003
    I only use the web interface when I'm away from my computers (i.e in the lab at the U). Otherwise I use IMAP and Mail on all of my machines. I have many email accounts and I value having them all in one place instead of having to go to 5 different places just to stay up-to-date with my mail.

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