“There are two kinds of people..” The statement triggers only one distinction in my mind – Android users vs. iOS users. I am an iOS developer who owns an Android phone. I love developing using my MacBook Pro but am hopelessly in love with Google. So, a comparison between Android and iOS is basically a Me vs. Me fight.
Check out our video reviewing the complete workflow here.
In this post, we do a view and feature wise comparison and give our final verdict on who trumps the Gmail battle.
Feature Wise Comparison
All pictures are real device screenshots. The left photo in the comparison pair is of a Moto G/X and the right photo is from an iPhone 6+.
Android 1 – 1 iOS – Inbox looks of both platforms look similar. Hence, a point to both.
Android 1 – 0 iOS – iOS have limited options and particularly does not have a reply-all/reply distinction anywhere.
Compose Mail View
Android 1 – 0 iOS – Android provides much more control and options compared to iOS
Hamburger Menu View
Android 0 – 1 iOS – The top bar is not visible on moving down in Android.
Android 1 – 0 iOS – iOS Gmail accounts are limited to Google
Manage Accounts View
Android 1 – 0 iOS – Android provides more control over preferences and settings than iOS. Though love the shameless promotion by Google on iOS 😀
Help & Feedback
Android 1 – 0 iOS – Android has more helpful information in both help and feedback. The data is accessible from various point throughout the app workflow, which is really missing in the iOS app.
Take a look at it and you will love the iOS Gmail app. Like any iOS app, Gmail is clean, chic, minimal and simple to use. But, with mobiles becoming an extension of a human being these days, a mail app needs to be powerful and not just a pretty face. We need an email client which allows customization and personalization to the last bit. Android Gmail may not be the most beautiful app you use, but she is the complete Gmail in your pocket.
Android 1 – 0 iOS
So, do you agree? Where did we miss out according to you? Leave your views in the comments below.