Gmail with new flavour : Good Or Bad?


Gmail with new flavour : Good Or Bad?

Google changes colors quite often. Now, it is time for Gmail Renovation. Gmail offers users a new interface which will be an option until the refinement process is completed. After getting users’ feedback, Gmail’s new interface will be no more an option but a compulsion.

So, here is an opportunity to taste and see the new features and provide feedback that will be taken into consideration by the Gmail Team. The appearance and functionality of Gmail is completely redesigned to make it simple, to access options quickly and to use Gmail across multiple systems.

The layout, functionality and aesthetics are being skimmed to let users experience the same look and feel across desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets.

Gmail’s redesigned toolbar

In the new Gmail, the toolbar options are not visible until you select a mail or open a message. Options like Archive, Labels, Delete, etc. will appear as icons with text hovering above them stating the usefulness of those icons. You can mark the importance of a mail by selecting icon next to the sender’s name.

Now, settings can be accessed through new gear icon. Using this, you can change your theme and access all other settings of your email account. You can also get help from it.

The new set of options help you choose various display densities to match the device that you are using, be it a notebook, a tablet or a smartphone.  You will be able to get the best available display on the screen of the device that you are using.

Gmail’s redesigned left panel

The changes on the left panel allow you adjust chat lists and label lists. You can minimize label list or chat list to get the most from them. The change makes your access fast and convenient.

If you are using gadgets like Calendar or Quick Links Lab, you can toggle between gadgets and chat lists by clicking on the appropriate icons.  You can even disable the chat services by opting for the same in the settings.

Mail Area

The compose button will be red instead of pale gray color. Of course the color will be different if you have opted for a special theme.

Now, you will be able to navigate through the list of emails using the up and down arrows on your keyboard. Email conversation is made more realistic by arranging text in chronological order with users’ profile pictures.

This will let you trace the conversation more easily and efficiently. The reply button has been changed to an icon. Starring is present to the right side of the reply button. You can send a fast reply by clicking on the Reply button at the bottom of the conversation.

The Archive, Spam and Delete buttons will be fixed on the top. So, there is no necessity of repetition of the same at the bottom of the page. Hence, you will be able control your mails more easily.

The new design will let you fill Gmail to any size window. After resizing, horizontal and vertical scroll bars will be created automatically through which you can move up and down the list of emails.

New Gmail Search box

You can still use the search box to search mails as well as to search from the web. Search box is customized to get exactly what you want. From the advanced option, you can create a custom filter in the search box that will take action automatically as per the settings of the filter.

New Gmail themes

The newly added high resolution and high definition themes will be more appeasing to your eyes. Some of the old themes are phased out which cannot accommodate to the new environment. You can access, change and apply themes from the settings.

Negative side

The new design was welcomed by millions of Gmail users worldwide. However, the design has not addressed some issues like API improvements, default colors and elasticity on the left pane. It is still hard time for developers as they are not provided with a bunch of APIs that they can work with to develop third party applications that will seamlessly integrate with Gmail.

Besides the difficulty in selection of left pane to adjust space between chat lists and label lists, a lot of empty space remains in the mail area. The colors, brightness and contrast are not so appealing. Gmail design team has to work out more in the coming days by taking users’ feedback to deliver the best in line.

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DiTesco - November 4, 2011

Hi Jane. Switched to Gmail new look some days ago and at first have to admit that I did not like it that much, initially because I was not used to it. After some tweakings, changing the theme background and reducing the view area to compact, I started to like it better. Guess I need just need a bit more of practice 🙂 BTW, I did notice that it loads faster. Might just be me 🙂

    Guest Author - November 7, 2011

    Fran, I too didn’t like it initially. I had to strain my eyes to look into something and recognize. Everything was pale. But then I changed the background. Even now, I’m not that happy, but I’m hoping that Google is still working on it.

    I sometimes find that the buttons do not respond (only after I switched to the new view!). I have to reload (lose the draft or copy-paste it somewhere) and then send the mail again!

Maria Pavel - November 6, 2011

It’s a good thing for me cause now, I can see my chat list even while checking my emails. Sometimes, scrolling is my number one problem in gmail. I simply rely on the pop-up at my lower right side corner whenever I’m receiving new email or new chat msg. So basically, gmail new feature is something that I really enjoy!


    Guest Author - November 7, 2011

    Maria, thanks for sharing your views. Sure scrolling is a thing I hate with Gmail too and the new one does better on that!

Salman - November 8, 2011

Really like the new Gmail interface … especially loved the left panel and mail area !! HD themes adds up the likings

Nishadha - November 16, 2011

The thing I loved the most is the new themes. Another thing I like is the ability to hide sections when there are no items in them, but I’m not sure if they had that before.

Frank - November 16, 2011

I like the new gmail interface better. Looks better now and what I love most about it is that its very user friendly.

Frank @ solar power for the home

Jaysen - November 30, 2011

Well I do not use chat or invites but I can not remove the invite bar but I can hide the chat bar. You review is good but the new look and feel still needs work and this option of “Revert to the old look temporarily” is like a kick in the teeth as we will have no option but to use the new interface soon. I say give people the option to keep the old if they want.

My 2 cents…..

Denson - December 21, 2011

Not good… Not friendly…confusing etc

AlexTylor - March 2, 2012

Whatever the development we see in Google products is really helpful to all the internet users.

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