The whole Gmail app for iOS scenario has finally reached its climax (hopefully) as the app was re-released a few hours back, claiming to have fixed all the issues that caused Google to pull it from the App Store some days ago. This app comes with features not available in the Gmail setup in the stock Mail.app. You get just about all of the Gmail features you enjoy on the web and desktop version of the email service, and once you start using it on your iPhone or iPad, it will most likely become your first choice for checking your Gmail messages.
To start using the app, the first step is to set up your account. After you have signed in, you are taken straight to your Gmail inbox. In the iPad variant of the app, the last mail you received is opened by default on the right of this screen and on the left side, there is a bar listing all the items in the current folder.
To bring up the menu, you can either tap the Menu button at the top-left corner of your screen or in the iPad version, simply swipe the page to the right and the menu bar will appear on the very left of the screen.
The app also supports badge notifications for new messages you receive, and of course, the much-publicized push notifications that seemed to have issues in the initial release have been fixed as well. Unfortunately, the notification system is not integrated with the Notification Center in iOS 5; something to look forward to in future updates.
Some people might argue that iOS has no need for a Gmail app as the integration with the Mail.app is pretty good, and if you don’t like that, you can simply open Gmail from Safari. So basically, it all comes down to preference. If you have a soft spot for good interfaces, the clients sleek interface might be just what you’re looking for. Also, it can’t hurt to give the app a try as it’s absolutely free.
However, before you download the app from the iTunes link given below, make sure you uninstall the previous version of the app (if you downloaded it during the short span of time it was available in the App Store a few days back). If you update the app, the issues that plagued the app previously might not be fixed properly.