Y! Mail or Gmail? That Is The Question.

With today's main vehicle of sending letters being electronic mail (e-mail), dozens of web-based e-mail programs have been sprouting left and right to vie for Internet users' attention. Each boasts of features which are not present in the others, and frankly, choosing among all of them has been difficult in the earlier years. As time passed and improvements were introduced, most of us became more comfortable in either one or two of these e-mail programs. Two of the web-based e-mail services which surfaced as being most utilized by individuals are Google's Gmail and Yahoo! Mail, both of which are free services (although Yahoo! Mail also offers a paid version in the form of Yahoo! Mail Plus).

There are good and bad points about Gmail and Yahoo! Mail, and this article's content stems from experience of shuttling back and forth the two applications depending on my need at the time I am sending an e-mail. The points of comparison that I would use would be general speed, storage space, attachment size and speed, spam management, user interface, mail forwarding feature and signature management, all of which are the most important facets of an e-mail service in my opinion.

First we start with general speed. I am on broadband connection which gives off a measly 512KB connection, so speed of loading is very important to me. Gmail, with its simpler interface, loads faster in my years of experience in using it. It used to be at par with Yahoo! Mail's speed when the latter was still in classic, but when they switched to the all new interface, it loaded a tad slower (and I blame the tons of page advertisements for that). Next is the storage space. Yahoo! Mail wins in this round, with unlimited storage allotted for each service user, as compared to Gmail, which offers only around 7287 MB at the time of writing (but the Gmail page says that it's increasing free storage by the minute).

Then there's attachment size and speed. Maximum size for Gmail attachment is 20MB for a single e-mail, while Yahoo! Mail offers only half of that. You can have 20MB with Yahoo! Mail, too, but you have to pay the fee of $19.99 (payment for Yahoo! Mail plus upgrade) in order to avail of that. Speed of attachment favors Gmail, as well, as it takes me twice the time to attach a file of the same size in Yahoo! Mail. Spam management has always been a weak side of Yahoo! Mail, as users have been known to complain of the tons of spam that manages to make their way through the Yahoo! Mail inbox even though the spam guard is on.

As for the user interface, I highly appreciate Yahoo! Mail's ability to drag and drop e-mails, work with multiple files, work in multiple tabs and other neat capabilities, features I seriously wish Gmail would have. Physical appearance-wise, Google added themes to their e-mail service a while back, and it did add color to the otherwise boring old interface, and is unique in terms of design, as compared to the colors only options available at Yahoo! Mail. However, Yahoo! Mail offers users several eye candy alternatives in place of the default white stationery that most web-based e-mail services like Gmail. So it spices up and adds a personal touch to users' sent e-mails. Mail forwarding is a feature only available for upgraded Yahoo! Mail users, but Gmail offers it for free, so that's a plus. This option is important for me because I need not open all my Gmail accounts to check incoming mails because I can simply set it to be sent to a single Gmail account with a few settings adjustments. I can even choose for my Gmail messages to arrive at one of my Yahoo! Mail accounts.

Now I know most users make use of a signature which can be found at the end of an e-mail. Yahoo has an easily editable option for affixing one's signature to every outgoing e-mail, although I must point out that the classic version of Yahoo! Mail is way easier to use than the new one. In fact, when I want to modify my signature, I switch back to the old version to fix it and then just go back to the new Yahoo! Mail when I'm done. Gmail, in this aspect, has no option for editing signatures. It is just recently that I found this nifty Firefox extension here (Blank Canvas Gmail Signature) which allowed me to do that.

So which is better? Yahoo! Mail or Google's Gmail? As already mentioned, there are pros and cons to each service, and since both are offered free, why not make use of the two so you can get the most out of each program? Use one or the other depending on your need at the moment. It will be a sweet day when either Yahoo! Mail or Gmail is finally able to incorporate all the features that users are looking for in their respective services. But I am not holding my breath for that day to come. Right now, let's just enjoy what each service has to offer for free.

Admit it. This is a useful post. *grins* And in case you're wondering why I'm acting all weird and what the hell was that post for, well, let me tell you. I wrote that for Helium. For which, they promptly decided to just shut all Filipinos off their site because of some optimal experience shit. Hell, I don't want no optimal experience. I just want my articles to have goddamn earnings every time it is viewed. Okay, I may not be the best writer in the site, but good enough not to get laughed at. I had a Creative Writing Bronze from you guys. *sniff* Could have gone gold if only you let me stay. But you didn't. So. Moving on.

33 comments:

aka Procne said...

That was useful, indeed. I use Gmail and Ymail. :D

Helium? Talaga? Lipat ka nalang sa Triond ate.

Melissa said...

Did they give you a reason why? btw, useful post. I agree, I prefer Yahoo Mail. I find it easier to use.

Polly said...

Hi Kaye. I have yahoo mail and gmail also. I like yahoo better. I have tried a couple of others, but use mostly Yahoo. I just LOVE your gorgeous pink blog!!!!!

Dominique said...

Hi Kaye,
I too have both yahoo and gmail . I prefer gmail as it is easier to check.. dunno why Yahoo clashes with the latest version of Firefox.
Thanks for the free button offer. I would like it for my site - From Dominique's Desk.

Your signature looks great :)

Dominique
dominiquegoh(at)gmail(dot)com

Boris said...

both are good. if you just want something simple, not flashy then go with gmail. that's what I use.

ymail is also nice because you can view news and you can do a lot.

then i suggest getting both. one for you personal needs the other for like sitely needs :)

redamethyst said...

a good battle between gmail and yahoo. I use both. more on blogging stuffs ang gmail ko.

zoan said...

ako rin y!mail at gmail din :D pero dati y! mail alng talaga nung natuto akong mgblog may gmail na ako :D

Sherry said...

I have gmail account long time ago for heartrandom but I lost the password and even login as well. I have bad memory

Sherry said...

I still prefer hotmail or ymail or rocketmail

Sherry said...

this is detail post of gmail and ymail :D hehe.. I know better now

Sherry said...

oh yeah I try to sign up for the gmail but it need cell phone to clarrify. Umm... I cant do it as my cell phone cannot access the email

redamethyst said...

parang ngayon mas nagugustuhan ko na ang gmail. kaso mostly pa rin ng ginagamit is yahoo eh

redamethyst said...

@sherry ako naman un password sa hotmail ang lagi kong nakakalimutan. hehehe

Genejosh said...

i used both yahoomail and gmail...

Genejosh said...

salamat naman at we could use ymail and gmail for free anoh?

Genejosh said...

ngayon ko pa nalaman marce that yahoo mail offers a paid version..maybe businessmen used this kind of mail for security reasons..

Genejosh said...

this post is an eye-opener for me..

Genejosh said...

ako marce gamit lang ako ng gamit without thinking the important facets of an e-mail service ..he..he..ang sa akin kasi basta makasend and receive lang ng letetrs..

Genejosh said...

ok naman ang loading ko for both site-ymail and gmail...

Genejosh said...

di ko napansin yang storage offered my these sites marce, good thing you mentioned here, so winner ang yahoo when it comes to storage...

Genejosh said...

tama marce, dami kayang spam sa yahoo whereas yong gmail ko ala...

Genejosh said...

attaching files to gmail is faster nga, bakit di ko yan napansin before?..weeehhh...

Genejosh said...

now this explains why attaching files to yahoomail is slower and minsan di na-attach yong documents na gusto kong iattach, half the size lang pala sya ng gmail...

Genejosh said...

ganoon ba marce, we could choose for our Gmail messages to arrive at one of our Yahoo! Mail accounts?..iset ko nag yong sa akin...

Genejosh said...

you're so observant marce, i overlooked that portion about email signature, di ko sya nacompare sa gmail kay yong gmail ko ala yong siggy...

Genejosh said...

i dunno how i came up with my signature sa yahoomail..di ko na yon napansin..he..he..

Genejosh said...

gmail mail ko is for other business..he..he..

Genejosh said...

i find my yahoomail very useful because I'm used to it na have been using it for almost 10 years..may sentimental value na kumbaga...

Genejosh said...

wow marce Creative Writing Bronze from Helium...galing!!!!

Genejosh said...

gold sana yon marce ano if they let you continue...anyway when a door of opportunity is closed, many windows of opportunities will flung open for you:)

Sherry said...

well if you have both gmail and ymail its advantage :D

Sherry said...

@red if you talk about the password I dont know how to get back.. as I Dont know who to inform

Sherry said...

@red I can't speak pinay.