Gmail 2.0 for iOS: Comparable to Mail, But Not as Good as Sparrow

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Gmail for iOS [iTunes Link] wasn’t worth switching to when I first reviewed it. It was the web app horribly disguised as a native app. Over time, Google has made some improvements and the latest update brings a much needed refresh to Gmail’s iOS app.

Is it better than Mail? Does it match the use and functionality of Sparrow, a former competitor now owned by Google? Keep reading to find out!

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Google Chrome Comes To The iPhone And iPad

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The Safari mobile browser for iOS has become a staple in the mobile industry. It raised the bar for mobile browsers and pushed the envelope on the standards that people who’ve owned an iPhone expect from native apps – not to mention the mobile web. Unfortunately, most of these benefits are currently limited to the iOS platform.

Safari is one of the few native apps for iOS that most people never seek an alternative for. With the introduction of Google Chrome for the iPhone and iPad, there might be a shift in the near future.

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Google+ Receives A Fresh Redesign That You Might Like

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I have to be honest. I haven’t been the biggest fan Google+. I’ve been Circled over 11k times , but I don’t see much activity from users beyond sharing the same things they share on Twitter and Facebook. Most of the people I’ve circled seem to be more active elsewhere. Though Google+ original design was well received, I found the layout too cluttered with text. Overall, Google+ reminded me of a message board stuck with an old school design while flaunting new school features.

So, I’m more than excited about the new redesign for Google+ because it finally feels like it Google+ knows what it wants to be.

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Gmail Gets An Official iPhone App, But Is It Better Than Mail?

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UPDATE: Read about Gmail 2.0 – faster, cleaner, and better on iOS.

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If you’ve been waiting  for a Gmail iPhone app, today’s your lucky day. Available right now in the App Store, Google has released a Gmail app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! While Apple’s native Mail app is great, it lacks support for some of Gmail’s best features, like the ability to send mail from another email address.

 Does the Gmail app have a leg up over the native Mail app? It offers some improvements, but a lot of features are still missing.

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