Or are you suggesting the more indirect: more app stores->less confidence, more confusion, less sales->less device sales->less revenue
I think you make an even better point than I was thinking of though. Apple clearly values the tight control they have over applications highly. Whatever their motivations there - ux, security, platform lock in, vertical integration, control over competitors - they surely believe that ceding that control would have a negative effect on their bottom line.
I could see someone choosing Android just for the gmail app if email was very important and the other iPhone advantages didn't outweigh it. Mail.app for iPhone reminds me of the bad old days of email.
- It doesn't show new mail when it arrives
- It doesn't do threaded conversations so they're compatible with the gmail web app
- Its address book autocomplete is not as good
- It stores messages locally so you can't search past mails
- It does not hide the quoted text the same way gmail normally does, which sort of breaks that feature when you switch between mail.app and web based gmail.
edit: Maybe I'll try it again since you love it so much. It's possible that my initial frustrations led me to write it off prematurely (plus, I heard it's getting updates in IOS 4.2)
That depends on the push function. If the server supports push then you get the mail when it arrives. Mobileme works out of the box, as does exchange. Sadly, if you want this to work with gmail you have to set up gmail as an exchange account.
>- It doesn't do threaded conversations so they're compatible with the gmail web app
Not sure what you mean, it doesn't do them the same way as the gmail app? I haven't looked at that but it does do them and it seems to work pretty well.
>- Its address book autocomplete is not as good
It works well for me, but maybe I don't have as many contacts. I only have about 90 or so.
>- It stores messages locally so you can't search past mails
It searches locally but there is a button at the end of the results called "search on server". Does this not do what you want?
>- It does not hide the quoted text the same way gmail normally does, which sort of breaks that feature when you switch between mail.app and web based gmail.
Yea, that's true. That's a killer feature of gmail.
>Maybe I'll try it again since you love it so much.
I don't love it, I just find it better than most clients I've used. I just asked because I was genuinely curious what was better because it must be pretty dramatic if it makes the decent iPhone mail app look so bad.
I think that the lack of push was probably the biggest annoyance for me, so I may try mail.app again with your tip.