Native Gmail App please!!

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by shelt, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. shelt macrumors member


    Apr 12, 2007
    I like the Apple mail app, but it has a major shortcoming vs blackberry -- data/bandwidth management when away from WiFi. When I receive an email of moderate size, it takes forever to download. If I want to forward an email with a large attachment, it must download it to the phone, then upload it back to my mail server (Gmail IMAP).

    The reason blackberries work so well over 1G, 2G, or 3G networks is that they manage the data flow on the server. They transmit mail in plain text (which, admittedly, could be better), and only offer attachments upon request (iPhone does do this partially). Similarly, when forwarding a large email, the data is never sent to the blackberry - forwarding occurs on the server, so forwarding a 10MB email only takes a KB or two of blackberry bandwidth.

    The Gmail web app accomplishes all of these things well, and also allows for quick archive searches of my 9,000 emails. Unfortunately, it doesn't cache anything on my iphone for reference. A native Gmail app, especially with choice of plain text or HTML, would offer the best of both worlds - cached data when I want it, combined with rapid mail management on the server. This would be a killer app IMO!

    I LOVE my iPhone, but I'm stuck with 2G 99% of the time. My ancient work blackberry happily syncs hundreds of mails per day, while I end up holding my iPhone over my head with two fingers waiting for some attachment or photo to forward!
  2. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    Considering you're the first (and maybe only) person to be bothered by this, will Google really go through the lengths to make their own email application? Keep in mind that said application also wouldn't have push until September.
  3. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I also prefer Gmail's way of organizing emails into conversations over Mail App's way of keeping every new email separate.

    I'd like to see a native Gmail app as well.

    I guess that makes two of us now.
  4. ogdogg macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2008
    I hope they do it as well. It'd be nice if I could have the apple email app check my work email and the gmail app for my personal...
  5. EvanLugh macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2007
    Developer land
    Add me to the list.

    you might also want to see this G-group.
  6. mceis macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2008
    I completely agree. I've been waiting for a Gmail native app as well.
  7. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

    Mar 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    #7 -> view -> organise by thread

    similar(ish) to gmail's threaded behaviour
  8. ender78 macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2005
    I'd just love an "Archive" button :) I keep my inbox empty

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