I finally got to play around and discover the various features of Gmail. Here's a small list of my findings along with a quick review:
- Address completion [screenshot]
- Trying to navigate out of an unsent message triggers an "Are you sure you want to discard the message?" alert. [screenshot]
- E-mail snippet makes it very easy to browse through messages.
- Keyboard shortcuts are absolutely the best thing Gmail has offered. They ROCK if you are a hardcore unix user.
- "Personal level indicators" feature is a great one, indicating if a message is sent only to you or to a bunch of people.
- Starring (tagging) messages is fast. Something like what orkut uses to rank your friends.
- Wow! The fastest and the most sophisticated email spell checker in the world. It's like running your spell checking application on your machine! [screenshot]
- Message sent to firstname.lastname@example.org is displayed only as to: some_address - is it intentional? [screenshot]
- Account settings is tied to the google accounts (which is cool) but opens still feels like a separate system since it opens in a separate window :(
- Contacts opening in a new window. Again, an approach to have a system-wide contact list. Same for other upper menu settings...
- Why did they use the word "Label" instead of "Folder"?
- Last but not least, my Google account is not tied to my Gmail account although they share a common e-mail address.
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