Electronic mail or e-mail has changed our lives forever. How many of us really use postal services these days for sending personal mail? Not many I think.
With development of internet, the e-mailing era emerged and transformed the definition of communication to all. Now, you can reach to your desired inbox within a second all around the globe. The growing popularity of email service was nurtured by many free e-mail service providers like Yahoo, Hotmail and Rediffmail etc. Some of them still exits, many new ones developed and some of them lost popularity and usability with time.
Let’s compare some of these e-mail services:
Yahoo! is one of the oldest e-mail services. It used to offer 1GB storage space but it later introduced unlimited storage facility for users. Yahoo! provides 10MB attachment capacity. Yahoo!’s instant messaging is real pleasure to use. Its effectiveness in filtering junks is awesome.
Very recently, Yahoo! re-introduced itself with Yahoo! Mail Beta which offers advanced Ajax oriented interface and all latest options. This fast and vast service has been carrying the legacy of its highly rated predecessor.
Yahoo! Mail Beta is an answer to the growing popularity of Gmail.
Gmail is Google’s treasure. It has fantastic features like 3GB storage [increasing now] and supports attachment up to 20 MB. Gmail offers excellent chatting option- Gtalk too. But one major thing is the option of arranging messages in folders is missing in Gmail. It works very fast but occasional hiccups do take place. Gmail has quality pop- in and pop- out features. According to me, Gmail is the best web based e-mail service so far.
I personally have two e-mail accounts – one in Yahoo! and the other in Gmail. If you ask me which one is my favorite, I’ll choose Gmail because of its fast and better attachment option and other impressive features. I have real found experience of attaching large files in Gmail more quickly than in Yahoo!. In fact, I failed to attach large files in Yahoo! on many occasion. My Yahoo! account just stopped responding sometime. Believe me, it’s very frustrating and time consuming too.
However, my experience with the Yahoo! Mail Beta is quite satisfactory. I got good result after upgrading my older Yahoo account to Beta.
Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Mail aka Hotmail offers Ajax based interface and 2 GB storage for users. The Live Mail allows users to customize their mailboxes with different and catchy themes too. Frankly speaking, Windows Live Mail was a delightful change for millions of Microsoft lovers but it lacks some vital features like pop- in and pop- out [best part of Gmail]. However, it has better storage capacity than Yahoo.
Another common complain against Windows Live Mail is it works slowler than Yahoo Mail Beta and Gmail. Windows Live Mail however is available in 36 different languages. This is really impressive.
Inbox is a trusted e-mail service that provides 5GB storage to US, Canadian and UK users and 2GB storage for residents living in other parts of the world. It’s a really speedy and absolutely functional. It has attachment capacity up to 20MB. Inbox has Ajax supported UI.
The main negative aspect of Inbox is that it requires credit cards from users for proper verification. This often creates a spot of bother on users’ minds. It’s a fact that Inbox’s appeal is limited to a particular section of people. However, it doesn’t mean that Inbox is technically not sounding but somehow, it failed to create a generalized appeal to users like Yahoo or Gmail.
The USP of Lycos Mail is its unlimited attachment facility. It has 3GB storage capacity and quality security system to protect users.
One of the major problems with Lycos Mail that it deletes users’ accounts, if they don’t log in for one month.
It’s an e-mail service of ALO. Aim Mail offers unlimited storage space, easy interface and quality spam protection. It has good IMAP access but has low productivity. But overall features of AIM Mail are quite impressive.
Mail2 world is a free web based e-mail service with unlimited storage, simple set up and user friendly interface. It’s the first e-mail service that offers integrated translation program to help users to communicate better. So language is not a barrier to Mail2world users.
Mail2world, actually, has simplified the e-mailing method and made them user friendly.
Zoho is basically made for professionals. It has excellent IMAC access and quality storage space. Zoho offers excellent mail arranging facilities too.
As I mentioned above ,Zoho is originally introduced for professional use, it also lacks the popular approach.
Its also a free e-mail service with features like IMAC access and 10 GB online storage. Gawab offers speedy service with usable options. But unfortunately, its IMAC doesn’t get you to labels and the complete message search option is also unavailable.
Myspace tags an e-mail address with your social networking account so that you continue to receive and send messages with all, including the Myspace account holders. It has unlimited storage too.
However, Myspace’s message organizing capacity has always been questioned. It dosen’t provide IMAC access also.
While choosing an email provider, don’t go by claims, give priority to your likings and convenience. That’s the best way to go ahead. Remember, usability and functionality matter more than anything.
Which email service provider do you prefer to use?