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09-03-2009, 03:08 PM #1
G-Push Mail - Excellent Push Notification client for Gmail (GIVEAWAY INSIDE!)
First of all, I am going to review G-Push Mail - developed by an individual developer Jonathan - and not GPush. If you ask what's the difference, there is plenty - read on to know. On another note, the developer of this app didn't copy the name. In fact, the app was planned and named in April, well before GPush was announced - but was delayed due to the slow approval process. Took about 80 days to be approved - the app was resubmitted once.
G-Push Mail as we know is not the only Push Gmail client but it's NOT JUST ANOTHER Push Gmail client either. The app has some really nice extra features which make it better than others. My most favorite feature - besides Push notification of course - is the built in web browser that lets you view the Gmail's iPhone version inside the app - the best part being you are automatically signed in to Gmail / Google Apps with the preset details every time you open the app, and just need to navigate through the folders. As we all know, Google has made the iPhone version real neat which gives plus points to the developer for adding it.
Another feature, which I believe to be exclusive to the app is that you can enable Push Monitoring not just for the inbox but for overall e-mail, which means you won't miss any important e-mail if it hits the spam folder. I like this feature, as sometimes I am expecting e-mails which end up in spam and it takes me hours to figure that out. Unlike some of the apps available, this app also allows you to choose from an array of sounds for notification, the default being the SMS sound.
This being version 1.0 of app, I did find a function - shake to refresh inbox - not working, but the developer promised that the update which was submitted today to Apple will resolve the issue. The developer will also be adding the missing text notifications, like SMS app notifications - with extra options to configure the format of Subject, sender's name, and sender's address in which you receive the text notifications - in the upcoming version! Therefore, it should not be much of a problem. Other new features will include an option to disable the Loading screen, which currently slows the app down.
Overall, it's a pretty neat application if you depend on a single Gmail account or even use Google Apps for all your e-mail needs. The security I believe should not be an issue as the developer does assure that the login details are encrypted on the servers which is further hosted on Amazon's Cloud platform! Finally, the charges seem to be pretty nominal at $1.99 for the app and three months of Push Notification subscription, which you can update for another $1.99 on expiring using in-app purchase. Please note that the current subscription prices are just tentative and might be further reduced in future. If you ask me, it's the best option, if not the cheapest, for keeping an eye if you rely on Gmail for your business. The application is available with first three month subscription included for $1.99 in the AppStore here.
If you read til here then you deserve a giveaway... Jonathan's pleasant enough to provide us with SEVEN promo codes (app + free subscription for first three months) for a giveaway! If you want to enter, just let me know by adding "G-Push Mail-" at the beginning of your comment. Make sure you have a US iTunes account before you enter - sorry but it's a limitation set by Apple, NOT us. The contest will end on 6th September at 5:00 PM GMT.
To all those saying that Gmail is free so why pay for the app, it's totally a matter of choice. If you want to get both the notification and check the e-mail at the same time without any delays as the e-mail could be really important, this client is the way to go! It just depends on how much you and your work relies on e-mail.
The giveaway has ended officially and the winners are juancarock, eljhongo, reaves205, nikozen, lopbird33, tudtran and imuscle74!
Last edited by sayam; 09-07-2009 at 03:06 AM.
09-03-2009, 03:10 PM #2
G-Push Mail- Woah this is soo cool!
I really want one for myspace!
Last edited by cellmate75; 09-03-2009 at 03:13 PM.
09-03-2009, 03:10 PM #3
1.99 for push? For a free email account? Thanks but no thanks. But I will try it out and see if it could be worth it.
09-03-2009, 03:20 PM #4
I love my GPush, I'll have to compare this new G-Push Mail one.
It's been working very well the past few weeks. I set it so I only get silent popups only (no sound)
It's better than only getting a default iphone beep for new messages like my old exchange/push setup.
I actually prefer this G-Push, then I go check mail and pull it in when I want to. (I'm a happy google apps users, no more exchange) I'd imagine this actually saves battery life too? (compared to true push of messages)
Last edited by JazJon; 09-03-2009 at 03:26 PM.
09-03-2009, 03:29 PM #5
G-Push Mail- Awesome review - thanks!
09-03-2009, 03:29 PM #6
G-Push Mail- is it better then GPush? i was planning to get that one, now i have to rethink heh, nice review
09-03-2009, 03:35 PM #7
G-Push Mai - I have been wondering when Mail or Gmail will support push. Now my dream come true. Nice work !
09-03-2009, 03:40 PM #8
g-push-mail- thats a little expensive, even with the new features it has, because pushmail does better than gpush (so i have heard) and much cheaper than g-push-mail.
nice app otherwise, but as said above, its just kind of pointless to pay for this client when gmail itself is free.-[r]
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09-03-2009, 03:45 PM #9
09-03-2009, 03:46 PM #10
G-Push Mail- I want it.Thanks,
LOVE APPLE... LOVE iPHONE.... HATE HATE AT&T
09-03-2009, 03:51 PM #11
Looking forward to trying this out!
09-03-2009, 03:52 PM #12
G-Push Mail - Really could use this!!
09-03-2009, 03:53 PM #13
G-Push Mail- Looks very cool! Much better then push mail
09-03-2009, 03:53 PM #14
Also have GPush and so far I'm not pleased with it... I keep missing notifications with this damn thing. Hopefully I get this G-Push Mail to try it out.... because I dont feel like spending the 1.99 just to test it
09-03-2009, 03:55 PM #15
G-Push Mail-Your review was compelling.
09-03-2009, 04:01 PM #16
09-03-2009, 04:03 PM #17
looks very nice!
09-03-2009, 04:07 PM #18
i bought gpush and after how terrible that app works, im skeptical to pay for another like that. i would give it a shot if i win it for free though!iPhone 3G 16gb white with 3.0b5
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09-03-2009, 04:09 PM #19
Nice review.I use Gmail for all my email..this could be a useful app for sure )
09-03-2009, 04:10 PM #20
Wow !! I would love to have this app. Looking forward to it