Top 5 potential Gmail alternatives

Google’s Gmail service is arguably the most advanced and feature-packed of services for personal and professional use. There are some popular Gmail alternatives, like Hotmail, but there are many not-so-popular, yet effective e-mail services, which could be spruced up to become good Gmail alternatives. More important is that most of these e-mail services emphasize on security. We’ve listed 5 such e-mail services that are good potential alternatives to Gmail and you should try. These could be handy for those annoyed over Gmail’s new changing looks, which have been slapped upon us.

It may be an unfamiliar e-mail service for many, but we think it’s worth a try. This free e-mail service offers unlimited free storage space and has a neat and simple user interface. The Yandex e-mail account lets you connect to your other e-mail services, too, such as Gmail and Yahoo! Once you compose an e-mail, it gives you various features that you can checkbox, to make optimum use of. I particularly liked the reminder feature - if you are expecting a reply to an e-mail and don’t receive one, then the service will remind you in a couple of days. It also features options, like SMS notification to recipients, delivery status, options to insert card and videos and Yandex Search integrated with the e-mail service. Moreover, just like Gmail, it has background themes to choose from, message filters, folders, labels, and so on. 
Has it all...

Has it all...

 

With a neat user interface, Hushmail is for those who need an e-mail account for simple, personal use. This service takes care of privacy concerns and is speedy. It ropes in Hush tools, like encryption and digital signatures. One can send encrypted emails with a security question. Set a question, to which the recipient has to answer correctly in order to check the e-mail. This encryption ensures that your private, critical e-mail is safeguarded from unauthorized access. It offers a free e-mail account with 25 MB space, but one can even upgrade it further to 1GB – 10GB. For more benefits opt for Hushmail Premium and Hushmail Business. On the flip side, you cannot recover your passphrase (read password) for the free account and you may lose your account, if not accessed once in three weeks. One can look at the new Hushmail and also at Hush mobile.

Encrypted question...

Encrypted question...

 

 

  

Fastmail
Fastmail, as the name suggests simply sprints into your account. It is the fastest e-mail service I have come across. It allows only one free account per person, and regularly scans and deletes multiple free signups. It has a secure login button, again ensuring that privacy is given top priority. The free account has 25 MB free space and can be upgraded with a free account from 100 MB to 10GB space. It provides all tools for composing rich text. The user interface is quite simple and has been kept to the minimum. We wish it had some e-mail organizing abilities.

Fast pace...

Fast paced...

 

 

 

Zoho Mail
Zoho is a complete business app, which is quick and has abundant features to take care of your business. This free e-mail service account can also be used for personal use and has the standard features with a neat interface and basic colour themes. You can attach Google docs and Zoho docs, which has been integrated right into the e-mail service. Besides, the interface shows features like Links, Calendar, Tasks, Notes. It also has some handy productive, business and collaborative features.

For businesses...

For businesses...

 

 

 

Mail.com
Mail.com’s interface has an uncluttered, sophisticated look. It comes with simple features suiting the needs of a business honcho, and it is fast. Crafted for simple, personal use, it comes with unlimited storage space, and also promises to keep users’ mailboxes least troubled by spam and viruses. This e-mail box shows some social network integration of Facebook and Twitter. Here again, we miss smarter ways of mail organizing, making it apt for those who need it for basic e-mail purposes.

Easy and simple...

Easy and simple...

 

 

 

Gmail is feature-loaded, but if you want to try something new then these options are just apt. Yes, they do come with some room for improvement, but they do have the potential to become alternatives to Gmail. Do let us know if you have used any of these e-mail services or know of a service better than the ones we mentioned above.


Published Date: May 25, 2012 05:05 pm | Updated Date: May 25, 2012 05:05 pm