October 7, 2009 | Robert Nelson
I hit up the App Store yesterday in search of the name of a push notification app for Gmail, and naturally I did a search for Gmail. Well to my surprise, there was an app that appears to have been recently (August 24, 2009) released called iGmail. Of course, this is not what I was looking for, but instead something that I found to be a little more interesting — it is actually a native Gmail app for the iPhone.
To begin with, the app is really the web version of Gmail packaged up in an app, but there are extra features bundled in that make this worthy of checking out. Anyway, feature wise, iGmail offers iPhone users a full-screen view of their email, which I will admit sounded like a small feature, but after some use that extra screen real estate has proven very nice.
Moving on, there are also on-screen controls as well as shake options available. The app has controls (lightly) overlayed on the app that offer some ease of movement around the interface. In terms of the shake, you can shake to select (or de-select) all emails. The iGmail app also offers the ability to work offline as well as view attachments without leaving your inbox courtesy of an embedded full screen browser.
Additionally, you still have the same features that are available in the standard web version such as staring, labeling, auto-complete and my favorite — threaded conversations.
All things considered, this is nothing revolutionary, but I would say that it offers a really nice value for the $0.99 price tag. Of course, I should point out that this price is listed as being “for a limited time.” Bottom line, this seems to have earned a spot on my iPhone, and has since been moved from my “Misc” screen to my commonly used app screen.