I started to use GMail last night.
Having seen some of the features of Android I’m determined to give it a third trial; allowing Gmail to manage my Hotmail will deal with my only real anti-Android issue.
As I write this I note that I appear to be dwelling on the negative aspects of Gmail, something I will endeavour to change – negativity is never a good thing.
My first reaction to Gmail was one of annoyance; as a UK user I am limited to @googlemail.com, what a mouthful. Furthermore, armaitus@ has already been taken. I’ll explain more about my decision to use Armaitus as a web monicker in a later blog; the short version is that I needed a unique name that wasn’t taken by web services at the time. Every now and then I find that there is another Armaitus somewhere who has taken my user name. And so I am designated the verbose armaitussyn@ address at the equally lengthy @googlemail.com domain.
The user interface is refreshing though and the trivial matter of being able to set a theme pleases me.
One thing did frighten me a little as I was browsing my morning mail. Whilst replying to a mail that contained the name “Yog Sothoth”, I noticed the ad banner change to read:
Cthulhu Cycle Deities and Advertising – makes me shudder even to write about it.
It’s taken until this morning for my Hotmail to sync and there must still be some teething issue as new mail isn’t appearing in the Gmail inbox “instantly” but as long as it’s “timely” I can deal with that. As I understand it, I will still need to take time to clear out messages from my Hotmail but I am definitely a step closer to being able to comfortably use an Android device. (Or ‘Droid as I’ve seen them referred to, how quaint)
We’ll see how well I take to it over the coming weeks, pretty soon the HTC Desire should be released and that does indeed look like a worthy device.