Rakesh Agrawal at Lambi Pooch has written a detailed account of the pros and cons of using Gmail for his work email.
He finds lots to like — Gmail mobile, searching, simple interface (he is coming from Outlook), spam filtering — but also much that could be better.
Among areas of improvement, he lists formatting limitations, lack of disk space, problems with “masking” and occasional hiccups of service.
He shares my passion for Fastmail:
Before Gmail arrived, I used this paid e-mail service as my main e-mail client. It is still the most advanced and feature-rich online e-mail client I have seen. The amount of things you can do with this client is just amazing.
He describes the superior way in which Fastmail handles “Personalities” and the benefits of Fastmail’s POP polling feature.
He doesn’t mention other things about Fastmail that make it vastly superior in my mind — its IMAP account makes the email equally available to me on any computer in a (more simple) web interface and in Mail.app or other email client of my choice, daily off-site backups, the 1GB WebDAV-accessible file space that comes with the 2GB of email quota in my enhanced account, an https connection by default, more flexible arrangements for hosting domains, aliases and much more.
In fact-checking for this post, I notice that Fastmail is currently offering reduced prices. An Enhanced account will set you back only USD 35 a year (67 cents a week). That’s as good as free. Better, actually, when you consider what you get in return.
For the email fanatic, Fastmail is a clear winner.
Propriety: Sadly, I don’t work for Fastmail and have no financial interest in the company.
- Big Wraps for IMAP (and tuffmail)
- Hotmail, mail.app and Intel Macs
- Keeping Mail.app, Gmail and mobile phone mail in sync
- Slim down your Gmail Inbox
- Using Gmail with an IMAP account
Tags: Apple Mail, email, fastmail, GMAIL, Google, imap, mail.app, Productivity, web 2.0