>I’ve been using Gmail for over a year now. In the beginning I had my Gmail addresses only for the sake of having one and the feeling of being part of a restricted good (not!).
But these days I use Gmail almost daily and many aspect of the Google Mail make the experience pleasant.
The first feature that I really enjoy is the automatic saving of emails addresses of my contacts. How does it work, basically any email addressed that goes through your mail (sent/receive) is saved. When you have to write a message as soon as you start typing the address, Gmail suggests to you matches from all the addresses remembered so far and all you had to do was receive and send email.
Second most appreciated feature is the grouping of messages in conversations. I think it’s even more ground braking (for me at least) than the first one. Now there is not need to go from page to page trying to find that message this person wrote you not so long ago, they are all kept together in the most convenient way.
I wont talk about the gadgets, like the chat within Gmail.
There are of course a few negative aspects to Gmail. For instance the standard interface is somewhat heavy. I understand it’s not an issue for people with broadband access but if you have a poor quality internet connection you might want to avoid Gmail altogether.