Thoughts on Gmail vs .mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by crazycat, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    I use both, i like both equaly the same. I use my mac mail for most of my emailing needs and gmail for private emails between family and close friends. I really like gmail and i find myself using it more and more. Any thoughts from people using both or one of these email clients? If it helps i use my .mac with Mail and my Gmail with Entourage.

    Please dont turn this thread i would like some imput and thoughts. Thank you.
  2. DerChef macrumors 6502


    Apr 29, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    I am afraid I have gone off both of them big style recently.:(

    .Mac is quite good but most of its services you really need broadband to get the best out of them. Being IMAP is great for syncronisation. What puts me off it is the poor search facilities on the web based .mac mail which is very out of keeping with the rest of mac. Too expensive to subscribe to . Mac for email alone.

    Gmail as you can read on another thread of mine, has a big problem namely it only allows one shot at download via pop 3, then mail becomes invisible to further attempts to download. Which makes it useless for me to keep a copy of my mail online and on my Powerbook and my work PC.

    PS I used to like Entourage as an email client as well but you do realise spotlight cant index it:eek:

    Looks like Yahoo for me
  3. blackpeter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2001
    I'm the opposite, actually. I use .Mac for close friends and family. Gmail is reserved for all other email (online transactions, forum memberships, etc.). Basically, anything that could attract spam. This separation seems to make the most sense and so far it's worked. My Gmail account gets around 10-20 spam messages a day while .Mac gets about 2-3 spam messages a *year*.

    I prefer to keep Gmail web-based and use .Mac with With Gmail, I'm mostly cataloging text-based messages referring to various online accounts and purchases. So it's not necessary for those messages to be saved locally to my HDD. With .Mac, I've got more personal correspondence with various attachments (mostly photos), which makes Mail's iPhoto integration especially useful. I also like how Mail handles IMAP accounts, which is why my business email also comes through Mail.

    Both and Gmail have excellent search capabilities, so finding messages is fairly simple in either account.
  4. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    Gmail is ok...

    But it hates Safari, whenever I click "back" it will take me all the way back to the webpage I was on before gMail..

    but, all in all, it's not bad.
  5. Steven1621 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2003
    IMAP makes .Mac a better choice. All your email in one place and can be easily shared on any computer. Definitely the way to go.
  6. Xephian macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    United States
    GMail is awsome. I POP3 GMail with Apple Mail and it's fast most of the time. GMail is also free.
  7. faintember macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2005
    the ruins of the Cherokee nation
    ^^^ I couldnt agree more. The only problem with gmail (as others said) is the fact that using it via Mail does not work well on multiple machines. That and my university has the Mail port blocked (well i think they do, i cant check gmail via Mail on their wireless network).

    I use gmail for both private/personal and professional uses.

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