iCloud Email and Gmail both are web based mailing services offered from different companies. There are a lot of comparisons and rumors going on about which one is better. And the person using one of them is likely to suggest you to switch. But do not rush to it. We have taken an effort to break it down for you. You should be able to make up your mind by the end of this article.
One of the greatest pointers for you could be Storage. iCloud allows the users to have 5 GB of free storage for all iCloud devices, which means that you might stop receiving Emails if you have filled up the space with large documents and photos. On the other hand, Gmail allows 7 GB for free, with Google Docs giving 1 GB for uploaded space and pretty much unlimited space for web created documents. Extra 1GB space for high-res photos in Picasa is also available.
Both of the suites provide options to upgrade your storage facility, Apple charges $20 per year for 10 GB extra space while you could receive 80 GB for the same price with Google.
- Mail VS Gmail
iCloud Mail’s web interface is basically iOS version of Mail. The interface is surprisingly alike. While the iCloud mail is pretty simple and is remarkably easy for Email management and integrating with your other Apple devices, Gmail is considerably rich in terms of features. Gmail comes with powerful search operators, “send as” another email address, spam filtering and so on. Mail.app is pretty smooth but just know that there are features you are missing out on.
- iCal VS Calendar
Apart from the simple features like assigning “busy or free” for events being missed out on iCloud, both the calendars are pretty much the same where you are able to attach reminders, color – code them and so on. Both can be collaborated with only iCloud users or Google users, but it’s more likely that number of people using Google Calendar is higher.
- iCloud Address Book VS Google Contacts
There isn’t much difference with the two contacts apps. iCloud contacts seem potentially more powerful but won’t let users sync Google contacts and iCloud contacts with your Mac Address book. It’s a minor problem and iCloud contacts still stand out.
- Documents in the iCloud VS Google Docs
It all depends on what you want here. The collaborative features of Google Docs won’t be available in the iCloud, while iCloud still does a fine job for cloud document storage and syncing.
- Photos and iTunes VS Picasa and Google Music
Picasa and Google Music makes your media available anywhere, whereas Photos and iTunes work a bit differently, but it does make syncing your devices a lot easier.
- Conclusion and Verdict
Services offered by definitely stands out in terms of features offered, but integrating with your Apple devices is definitely easier with iCloud. It all comes down to what’s important to you. If you are still wondering, whether you should switch to Gmail or iCloud, then here is a easy way to decide. If you are using Gmail with services like iCal and iWork it will be definitely easier to switch with iCloud Mail, on the other hand, you should simply stick to Gmail if you are using Calendar, Docs etc.