What Apps do people use for Gmail Mail, Calendar and Contacts

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by hammertimer, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. hammertimer macrumors newbie

    May 24, 2012

    I just upgraded from my iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 5 and discovered that Google are no longer allowing new devices to connect to their ActiveSync service :(

    In the past I've had my mail, calendar and contacts all synced using the Exchange feature with push for each.

    I'm just wondering that 'others' are doing with regards to have mail, calendar and contacts all working with push messages on their iPhones?

    I'm currently testing out the Gmail app but so far I'm not loving it.

    Maybe it's time to migrate my mail to an Exchange hosted service.

  2. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    I use my gmail with the stock.mail app and it works fine for me. I also have the gmail app installed but don't use it much.
  3. Prime85 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2012
    I love the stock mail app since I have about 4 emails (not all gmail) and now that it allows for different signatures for each there is no reason for me not to use it.

    For calendar I use the stock calendar and fantastical (which is an amazing app, I have it on both my Mac and iPhone) which saves all of my schedules to iCloud. I do have a shared google calendar though but my exchange account still works.

    I also use stock contacts (it's easy to transfer your contacts to iCloud, just google "transfer google contacts to iCloud" you should be able to find some easy directions)
  4. macMD macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2005
    New York
    Since Apple and Google both use CalDav and CardDav, what desktop app would you use if you had a Windows computer to properly sync with either Gmail or iCloud?
  5. hammertimer thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 24, 2012
    Thanks guys, I also love the default mail, calendar and contacts app that comes with the iPhone and have been using it successfully for the last 3.5 years. However, recently Google have blocked new phones from using their ActiveSync service which I've found limits my opinions for 'push' (particularly with Mail).

    macMD - On both Windows and Mac I'd prefer to the use the Gmail web interface.
  6. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    i have found that gmail, when set up as IMAP and not exchange through the built in mail app, still delivers mail within 2-3 minutes. sure it isnt immediate like push, but 2-3 minutes even when its on 15 min fetch isnt that bad.
  7. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Yeah, it does seem like that. My guess is that it connects whenever another function (system or app) needs wifi. I'm fairly certain that's one way iOS conserves battery power.

    OP, I normally use the default apps and Exchange but ever since the 6.1 Exchange battery drain bug I've switched it off and been using IMAP for Mail, CALDAV for Calendars and CARDAV for Contacts. Works fine and my battery life is kick'n again.
  8. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    i was unaware of this battery bug. ill have to check this out. i guess theres a thread here about it. i have noticed my battery tanking a little lately.
  9. Prime85 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2012
    When i had my Dell I mostly used Outlook for both mail and calendar. Now that i have my mac i find it much easier to use the stock mail app and the stock calendar app (with Fantastical just as a quicker way to check my schedule)
  10. balzmcfearson macrumors regular


    Aug 26, 2009
    I decided to use the Gmail app, and migrate contacts and calendar to iCloud. All push. Works flawlessly.

  11. jediistar macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2007
    This is exactly what I've done as well, with the same level of success. A best of both worlds if you will.
  12. danielceleste macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2012
    I was fortunate to get into Orchestra's Mailbox app relatively early, and I'm enjoying it.
  13. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
  14. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    What is this about? It still works for me. Switched to a 5 around Dec 1.
  15. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I use the stock mail app for my gmail. It works fine, no problems.
  16. ManicMarc macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2012
    Stock all the way, although recently switched to Outlook.com
  17. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Default mail app. It's the best mail app in my opinion
  18. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I bought myself a domain and a Google Apps account. Exchange Sync still works (for new devices) from the paid Google Apps accounts and I now have control over my email address (i.e., I can switch away from Google to something else if I choose - or even host my own server - and keep the same email address). I set my "old" gmail address to forward everything to my new address so nothing is lost. And replies will appear to come from whatever address to which they were originally sent.

    Costs a few bucks a year but its not unreasonable.

    However, I use this just for email. Calendars, reminders & contacts are hosted for now on iCloud.

    I use the stock cal/contacts/reminders app. I use the gmail app for my personal gmail (better label features) and the stock email app for business mail.

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