Elliot at Home by Six has written an excellent review of the various strengths and weaknesses of Mail.app compared to Gmail.
He scores them both in categories of spam filtering, ease of use, interface, access, import/export features, power potential, stability, security, integration and more.
In the end he decides that it’s a draw. Both are winners:
My final solution, and one I plan to continue using for the next year or so, incorporates all the best parts of both programs. I love the Gmail junk filtering and “never delete” concept, but I also love the tangible feel, customizability, and snappy interface of Mail.app.
Now, all of my email addresses forward to my Gmail account, so they can be spam-filtered and archived. Then I use Mail.app to check my Gmail account via POP. This way, I don’t have to keep Mail.app open all the time, because the Gmail Notifier lights up when I’ve got something new. I also have the benefit of being able to use multiple hierarchical mailboxes, while still maintaining Gmail’s flat storage as a backup. Score!
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Tags: Apple Mail, email, GMAIL, Google, mail.app, review