Gmail on iOS

Google Squint: The New iOS Gmail App

After hearing near universal praise for Version 2.0 of Google’s Gmail app for iOS, I gave it a try on my iPhone 4. The app proved to be modern and sleek, however, in my opinion, it has a very basic, and very damning flaw. Simply put, the text is far too small and thin. I end up squinting a lot when I try to read emails, and my vision is pretty darn good. Here’s a juxtaposition of the same email, the old iPhone mail app is on the left, the new Gmail app is on the right:

Like the new Google Search app for iPad and iPhone, the new Gmail app seems like an attempt on Google’s part to Android-ize your Apple gadgets. However, by supplying an email app that favors visual flair over readability, you have to question the decision makers at the helm.

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2 thoughts on “Google Squint: The New iOS Gmail App”

  1. Yeah, it seems like Google is trying to reinvent email, and make you think of it as a different kind of a thing. Apple is just saying: “here is an email.” Cupertino wins in this regard.

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