iCloud mail vs Gmail which to use?

pb69

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I'm hoping to pick one or the other. I've read a lot online but still I am undecided. Please help.
 

pb69

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Gmail does not deliver push email notifications in the native mail app on iOS. You can use the Gmail app which does push.
I don't mean to sound dumb but, why are push notifications important? I've only had a iPhone for a month.
 

xyz2610

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just to understand your question a bit better: are you talking about the Apple Mail app and the Gmail App or do you mean @icloud.com & @gmail.com addresses?
 
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pb69

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just to understand your question a bit better: are you talking about the Apple Mail app and the Gmail App or do you mean @icloud.com & @gmail.com addresses?
Not the apps the addresses. Which one overall is the better?
 

xyz2610

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There isn't really a "one is better than the other". I guess it boils down to which of the two you like better. @icloud.com or @gmail.com: whichever sounds better to you, go for it. You can use both of these in any app you prefer.
EDIT: Personally, I would go for gmail though.
 
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Gmail is better. You literally don't have to worry about your storage and pretty often I don't even receive letters on iCloud for some reason.
Gmail works better and it's free. On iCloud you just have 5GB for free.
 
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I don't mean to sound dumb but, why are push notifications important? I've only had a iPhone for a month.
I moved over from Android (and all things gmail.com) to the iPhone a year ago. I really like the native mail app but as was mentioned it will check your gmail on a schedule (shortest being every 15 mins). Now I don't want to wait for up to 15 mins after a mail has arrived for it to be brought to my phone so I set up an icloud.com address and diverted my gmail to it. The native app now receives email pushed to it rather than having to retrieve it.
 

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Gmail works just fine. Push notifications get sent to your device as soon as a new email arrives. Gmail does not do that in the native Apple mail app. It will in the gmail app that you can download from the app store.
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Gmail is better. You literally don't have to worry about your storage and pretty often I don't even receive letters on iCloud for some reason.
Gmail works better and it's free. On iCloud you just have 5GB for free.
Yes you do. Google give you 15GB for free. iCloud give you 5GB
 
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Gmail works just fine. Push notifications get sent to your device as soon as a new email arrives. Gmail does not do that in the native Apple mail app. It will in the gmail app that you can download from the app store.
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Yes you do. Google give you 15GB for free. iCloud give you 5GB
15GB is way better than 5GB,
With iCloud I always had to check my storage space.
 
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In the past, iCloud email has been known by some folks to filter some emails (you never receive them in Inbox or Junk/Spam).

A lot of people have trust issues with Gmail in regards to "data mining".

Are you going "all in" with Mail, Contacts, and Calendars? Google's can be set up on just about any device or operating system. iCloud...not so much as of yet. Good to know if you ever want to change to a device with a different OS.
 
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pb69

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In the past, iCloud email has been known by some folks to filter some emails (you never receive them in Inbox or Junk/Spam).

A lot of people have trust issues with Gmail in regards to "data mining".

Are you going "all in" with Mail, Contacts, and Calendars? Google's can be set up on just about any device or operating system. iCloud...not so much as of yet. Good to know if you ever want to change to a device with a different OS.

I also have a Mac.
I've used Gmail for the past 4 years.
 

pb69

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You are using a capable service and I see no reason to change. You can still use the facets of iCloud/iOS/macOS that are not exactly Google friendly (Reminders & Notes) to supplement Google's services.

I am quite fond of Notes.
 

Rhonindk

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I am quite fond of Notes.

That is one of the challenges between Google and iCloud.
Google is far more stable and can be used across more services however if you are a heavy or predominate Apple user the iCloud is enticing.
For me, dependability and ability to access made Google my primary even though I use an iPad, iPhone, and rMB.

Use what makes sense for you.
 
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pb69

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That is one of the challenges between Google and iCloud.
Google is far more stable and can be used across more services however if you are a heavy or predominate Apple user the iCloud is enticing.
For me, dependability and ability to access made Google my primary even though I use an iPad, iPhone, and rMB.

Use what makes sense for you.

Thank you. I think I have spent too much time worrying about this.
 

Ray2

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I've had both for years. Use the Mail app for both. The one consistent difference I've seen over the years is iCloud is way quicker. A normal morning for me is I've already responded to a few iCloud mails before gmail is even done updating. It's just plain slow, no matter if I'm at my USA home, my Swiss home, on cellular or wifi.

If you're planning on using the Mail app, another + for iCloud mail as there's functionality in the app that's specific to iCloud mail addresses.

Might not apply but if you travel internationally, Google's security is a pain. They will spot an unfamiliar IP address and require 2-step verification. In my case that verification is sent to my USA phone irrespective of the fact it's not active. If you disable 2-step, your account gets blocked -- on a regular basis in my case. I've given up on gmail and simply use it for forums and stuff that's hardly important.
 
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