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These are the 2 largest free email providers, and most people, have one of each. But which one is better overall? We’ll compare the details and give our honest opinion. Don’t worry we aren’t going to be spouting off a bunch of nonsense stats that do nothing more than make us sound smart, and confuse you.

A Few Similarities
Let’s look at some of the similar features, that make the 2 systems related. They both offer  inbox, drafts, sent, and all of this in a nice fast loading interface. They both now offer some sort of social chat or online friends report. I think yahoo has had this feature forever. Google picked it up at some point.

They both display advertisement, but this is expected. Something needs to cover the cost of the free email service. Managing servers, archiving data, managing spam filters, storing media, updates, and whatever else they might need in order to run a successful email hosting program.

They both do a decent job of taking care of spam. Just as good as any spam company like Barracuda.

I’m not going to talk about storage limits, I really don’t think this is a determining factor. No one runs out of space. If you want want to host large files there are more free file hosting services than you ever use. I think Yahoomail has unlimited and Gmail has 10GB or something. No one ever fills this stuff up.

A Few Differences
Gmail doesn’t seem to have a “trash can” or deleted items folder. If they do please tell me because there is all sorts of crap in there that I would like to retrieve.

Gmail does have an undo button. If you send an email you can “undo” or retract the message for something like 5 seconds. I’ve used this feature on more than one occasion.

Google Talk is an awesome new feature/concept. Google always has crazy stuff going on in their labs, but this is one of the tops.

YahooMail will ban any forwarding email address if you don’t watch out. It’s happened to be before. Say I have an email account at work mike@someworkplace.com and I want to forward that account to Yahoo so I check it while I’m on the road. If my mike@someworkplace.com account gets spam, forwards it to my yahoo account. I read it then mark it as spam. Yahoomail will blacklist the account mike@someworkplace.com that kinda sucks so watch out for that one.

Speed & Reliability
As far as reliability goes I would have to slightly give the advantage to Gmail. Sometimes Google crashes or hangs up, but this often due to local network connectivity issues and not gmail itself. Yahoo is fairly stable, but it does seem to crash more often.

I also get incompatibility messages when using different browsers and screen resolutions in yahoo mail. When this happens I’m prompted to use the old version of yahoo.

Gmail definitely presents a much faster and cleaner loading user interface. This may be because Google has way more data centers. I guess the data centers manage some of the gmail data. I’m not sure to tell you the truth.

Overall Winner
if i had to choose a overall winner I would have to go with Gmail at the momment. They seem to have the more stable platform with more features than Yahoo Mail.

What’s your oppinion? We’d love to hear it.

7 thoughts on “Yahoo Mail vs. Gmail

  1. Oh my god utter foolishness…. double check your opinion & you’ll see yahoomail is far far better than the gmail & is more profesional.. Most people choose gmail rather than yahoomail or other cos they dont know about it, in other words, they are fascinated by google’s vast & useful services & the first place they go for their 1st account is gmail, but it doesn’t mean that gmail is more superior. I have email accounts in both & I know the differences. I accept that yahoo’s spam filter is a confusing one .. so i turned it off. But no spam guard in this world offers a 100% protection.
    yahoo mail offers unlimited space but gmail offers only 7.5 GB. I have 3000’s of mails in my gmail account but that is not so huge emails.. i mean about the file size. Yet they report that I’m on the 50% of my storage space. what will happen when I get another 3000’s of mails….???? On the other hand i have 11,000’s of mails in my yahoo inbox & i didn’t have to delete any of them & they also have a pretty nice searching solution for emails. They have included cool apps too for the day to day emailing. They also provide some amazing artworks to include in the email to make it more interesting called ‘stationary’. Where the hell gmail have all these…
    I have already forwarded my gmail account to my yahooo id…. but I never came up with those forwarding problems even i had my spam filter on…???!!!
    so stop saying these crap & double check your statement… ok….

  2. Hey thanks for the comment. To each his own.

    I’ve had a yahoo mail account since 1997, so I like yahoo. Used to have a few yahoo groups too.

    You’ve made some decent points in regards to storage and spam.

    I didn’t know you could turn off the spam filter. That doesn’t sound like a good idea, how did that work out? Tons of spam? No Spam?

  3. Yeah I get some some spams in my yahoo mail account while spam filter off. I manually arrange them as spam or not spam. It is better for me than to lose important mails (false positives) going out to the spam folder. You can turn off the spam filter in the options.

  4. @Robin Mathew Rajan… Does Yahoo have free POP3, IMAP, forwarding ? Let me think… No. They are way behind Gmail. Cheers 🙂

  5. @ecommerce web developer: Your opinion is incorrect. Now with the beta inteface, YahooMail loads in microseconds than the G-Mail & does not have that neasty ‘LOADING’ page of G-MAIL. Security is same for both. Both uses SSL. The difference is that YahooMail uses SSL only for logging in & the G-mail uses it for the entire session. I think using SSL for the enitre session is not worthy as it have a bad impact on slower connections. Using SSL only for the logging in is sufficient. Talking about the features, where does G-MAIL have Apps, Stationery all like that? Ya, I agree that G-MAIL is popular than Y-Mail, but it doesn’t suggest that it is superior.

    @Cosmin: Ya, Yahoo have free IMAP Service, but it’s limited to hand held devices. I don’t think any use of POP3 or IMAP service on a PC that have an Internet connection. I don’t prefer to use POP3 service in any Web Mail providers, because it’s much primitive & doesn’t support 2 way communication. I prefer IMAP service over POP3 for all kinds of transfers. Yes, Ofcourse, Yahoo-Mail provides free forwarding option only in the beta interface. You dont have to pay any extra money for that. Just click on the ‘New Yahoo-Mail’ on your screen. Have a great time. Enjoy…