1. You’ve probably already got an account!
Remember back in 2004 when Google launched Gmail? It was a crazy time – 1 whole gigabyte of email storage – FREE! At the time Hotmail offered just a few hundred megabytes. People flocked to Gmail. There was a bit of a gold rush on Gmail addresses, and it’s still the most popular free email service on the internet by a huge margin.
So chances are you already have a Gmail account. If that’s true, then you’re already well on your way! If you don’t, you can quickly and easily sign up for a free account today here!
2. You can have your own domain name for free!
If you don’t already have a Gmail account you may see no difference in signing up for a new @gmail.com account versus an @me.com (Apple’s iCloud domain name) account. There are some great reasons below as to why you may prefer to choose Google, but there’s one killer feature if you’re starting fresh. It’s simply this – don’t settle for either @gmail.com OR @me.com. Google go one better than Apple, and in addition to @gmail.com addresses they also offer a special version of Gmail called “Google Apps”. Apps lets you assign your own domain name to the same infrastructure as Gmail uses. So you can have firstname.lastname@example.org as your email address, and it’s all powered by Google’s hardware in the cloud. After all, why build someone else’s brand (Apple? Google?) when you could build your own?
And best of all, if you’ve got less than 10 people on your domain, Apps is still free! If you’d like to know more, visit our main website – setting up Apps for people is what we do. :-)
3. Class leading web applications.
If you’ve ever used Gmail, you’ll understand this already. While iCloud and Hotmail’s web interfaces aren’t bad, they are nowhere near as fast or efficient as Gmail. Even if you’re stuck without your iPhone or Laptop, you can still get in touch via your email through Google’s web interface.
4. A fully developed suite, not just email.
Gmail & Google Apps are much more than just email. You get Contacts, Calendar, Document Storage (called Drive), and much more from your Google account. And Google’s been doing this the longest out of all the companies in the cloud space. That means stability and therefore peace of mind. The best bit is that all these applications are available right from the web too – so as mentioned before if you’re on the road and stuck without your laptop – you can edit and email a document right from Google’s suite online.
5. Works on iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows 7, Outlook & Mac Mail.
Use an iPhone? No problem. Use a PC? No problem. If you want the most compatible, reliable sync then Google’s the best choice.
Google offers ActiveSync for their mobile sync, which is the industry standard protocol for reliable sync on mobile devices. Gmail (and Google Apps) sync perfectly with all major smartphones & tablets. You can sync your email, calendar and contacts to iPhone, iPad, Android & Windows Mobile. In fact, if you use an iPhone or iPad you can simply visit http://apple.yourcloudspecialist.com in Safari on your device, and it’ll instantly download a pre-configured profile to set up your Google account. We built this profile for our customers – which is anyone with a Gmail or Google Apps account. Go on and try it out. :-)
Gmail & Google Apps also works with Macs (Mail, iCal, AddressBook) and Windows (Outlook) for the perfect desktop email & calendaring solutions.
Hopefully this has helped you understand the benefits of Google as a cloud sync tool for email, contacts, calendar and docs. Hit us up in the comments below if you have any questions!