We’ve yet to get our hands on Gmail’s updated mobile offering. I suppose we’ve been a little too busy with “more important” reviews. Thankfully, Paul Kedrosky over at Seeking Alpha wasn’t spending his time in bean bag chairs, and he’s looked over the service that supposedly moves Gmail faster on a mobile device than ever before. The verdict? A thumbs down.
Here’s what Kedrosky notes as the downfalls of the new Gmail mobile interface.
- The new interface is faster when running, but it’s slower to launch.
- The new interface requires time-consuming mode switches. Specifically, in the old version I’m in my browser and I get to stay in my browser to do other things. In the new version I have to run a Java applet, kill it, start my browser, and only then navigate to a site of interest. That’s a pain, reminiscent of the dark days of running binary software on Wintel PCs.
- There are some goddawful strange interface quirks, like non-smart editing (quotes don’t get inserted the way they should), and you have to pull up the whole frickin address book any time you want to send an email.
- There is no one-key way to quit the app.
- It asks me if I want to stay connected so it can get data, but then a) it asks me again (and again), and b) it still doesn’t check my mail.
- Sometimes on sending emails it locks up so badly that I have to pull the battery from my phone and reboot.
He does, however, concede that the app itself looks fantastic. Well, it’s great if there’s silver lining, but it’s what the lining is… lining that matters. Have any of you had a chance to get your mitts on the new Gmail yet?