15 comments

  • A Paul, almost 5 years ago

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks childish as hell? And there's no layering with font weights so the email subject, sender, and content look the same in the inbox. And the crazy colors EVERYWHERE. Not to mention, you can't swipe from the left to enable the sidebar anymore. I've tried doing that a couple times out of habit and then accidentally deleted an email.

    The UI of the old app was so great because it just got out of the way (much like iOS and MacOS), but material design UI is just so distracting.

    4 points
    • Ken Em, almost 5 years ago

      I'm a fan of MD, but I'm with you on the typography. The fonts are still too thin and light in color for these older eyes. That was something in the old app that I hoped would be addressed. I'm also running Outlook for iOS side by side and it does much better in that department.

      0 points
    • louie solomonlouie solomon, almost 5 years ago

      There is hierarchy with the typography. It's subtle, but the sender is larger with slightly darker text, the subject is smaller with darker text, and the content is smaller with lighter text. With unread messages, the sender and subject are bold.

      It's similar to the desktop gmail design in that there is a consistent order that sender, subject, and content are displayed, so it doesn't seem that necessary to have dramatically different type styles between the 3.

      As for colors, the screenshots don't really do the app justice as they show examples of tags, labels, starred messages, unread, read, selected, etc. all happening at the same time. Generally the app is much more subdued and less "childish".

      0 points
      • A Paul, almost 5 years ago

        I noticed the font size difference but it's VERY subtle, and the type is still way too thin. I used the app, and didn't base my comments off screenshots. Unfortunately, I'm now looking for a new email app for iOS :(

        0 points
        • louie solomonlouie solomon, almost 5 years ago

          Hmm, I wonder if it's a different font and weight on iOS and Android then. I'm an Android user and while the type is thin, it's still very legible.

          0 points
          • Ken Em, almost 5 years ago

            It's super thin on iOS. It's also light in color for extra illegibility. The light weight might not be so bad if there were some more contrast, but I'd like to see it heavier.

            0 points
            • A Paul, almost 5 years ago

              I just wish Google apps on iOS would inherit the system font instead of forcing Roboto on us. I think the app would look pretty great with San Francisco.

              1 point
        • Aubrey JohnsonAubrey Johnson, almost 5 years ago

          I just bought Airmail. I like it so far

          0 points
  • Luke MillerLuke Miller, almost 5 years ago

    Took me a minute to figure out what the icons for mark as (un)read were

    1 point
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, almost 5 years ago

    parity with android, nice.

    1 point
  • Mike Wilson, almost 5 years ago

    This is a huge improvement over the last iOS gmail app, but I'll still be using inbox instead (which I love the functionality, but the design is somewhat distracting).

    Also, I agree with some of the other comments. Material design had good intentions, however by trying to create the be-all-end-all solution to everybody's problems, it ended up creating more problems.

    Google was going in a great direction with a lot of their apps prior to MD, and once everything started changing over I found it harder to use immediately. Wildly distracting colors, that annoying/ambiguous omnipresent circle right under my thumb at all times, the unnessecary shadows everywhere placing content on 3 confusing levels.

    I switched to iOS last year and could not be happier. I find that the iOS versions of apps do a better job of implementing system-UI elements where helpful, and skipping them when it doesn't make sense for their users.

    0 points
  • iterati designiterati design, almost 5 years ago

    Still no unified inbox, and it's almost 2017.

    0 points
    • Ken Em, almost 5 years ago

      That's a feature of Inbox though. Personally, I'm glad the GMail app doesn't have it.

      4 points
  • Ken Em, almost 5 years ago

    Holy crap. I've been holding out for this, but honestly thought they'd given up on the GMail app in favor of Inbox.

    0 points