Yahoo Mail Vs Gmail- Which One is better ?


The question of which e-mail service is better, Yahoo mail or Gmail is a rather hotly debated one. In this article the strengths and weaknesses of the individual services will be examined in order to try and determine which one is best for a person’s needs.

yahoo vs google Yahoo Mail Vs Gmail  Which One is better ?

Integration of IM and Email

One strong advantage that Gmail has over Yahoo mail is that it allows you to send instant messages to your contacts that are online quickly and easily. While Yahoo has IM as well, it is not nearly as accessible as the one found within Gmail. This is because Yahoo’s IM is separate from its e-mail service. This means that one cannot send quick chat messages in the form of e-mail to contacts and friends on Yahoo, but would instead have to open an entirely new chat bar. This, undoubtedly, would be annoying to most people.

Flexibility with Attachments

Another way in which Gmail shines is in the use of attachments. A person, once done with their e-mail message, is able to quickly and easily put up as many attachments as needed. Yahoo mail requires you to go to a separate screen in order to put up attachments, and you can only put up 5 without being required to add more boxes. Thus, Gmail seems much less of a hassle if one has to send a large amount of attachments.

Folder Organization

One area in which Yahoo mail actually does shine is in the fact that it allows better folder creation and organization. Gmail, while it allows you to label folders, keeps all your folders in approximately the same area, making organization with a large amount of folders difficult. Yahoo mail allows you to label and organize your folders how you like making the mail system better for those who require large amounts of folders that can be easily accessed.

Size of Attachments

One big advantage that Gmail has over Yahoo mail is that Gmail allows for a bigger attachment size. Yahoo mail only allows attachments up to 10mb on its free version, while Gmail allows up to 20mb on its free version. Thus, if you need to put large attachments on your e-mail, whether due to school or work, Gmail has a clear advantage over Yahoo mail.

Brand Impact

Probably one of the more important aspects of Gmail is the fact that it is considered the more “professional” of the e-mail services. People seem to have the strong belief that Gmail is the more credible of the two e-mail services and, due to first impressions being so important, Gmail is a clear winner in professional credibility.

So who’s the winner ?

Overall it seems that Gmail is a clear winner. It’s easily accessible which is very important for people who have large amounts of experience with e-mail as well as for those who are just stepping into the digital world. Gmail also allows larger attachments then Yahoo mail, which is critical for those like students or businesspeople that need to get large amounts of material to the proper place. Another, and quite possibly the biggest,  advantage that Gmail offers is that it is seen as the more professional email service. For those in the business world, such a reputation is very important.

Author Bio:- Maher is a blogger and avid social media user. He works for smsfi from where you can send free sms.


39 comments… add one

  • I think Gmail is the best. But mobile verification! its not a good one I think for gmail

  • Gmail works for me
    Because its works so fast and easy to use

    Thanks

  • Ray

    I use both. They both have their strengths and weaknesses. My main criteria is it works when I need it. This cannot be said for Yahoo as it goes down, or has issues with clients, way too often. When it works, it’s way faster than Gmail, an issue for mobile users. For IMAP lovers, Yahoo’s implementation is much better. Gmail gets weird on IMAP and is a devourer of bandwidth. With Yahoo IMAP, on a client, I can’t tell the difference between POP and IMAP. It’s seamless and fast. For iPhone users, Yahoo Push works, Gmail’s is spotty and another nuisance to set up.

  • Gmail does allow you to have nested folders, but you need to add that feature in the “Labs” section. There are a lot of really useful add-ons there. One of my favorite is the keyboard shortcuts. Pressing “c” composes an email, “r” will reply, “f” will forward, “y” will archive, “j”/”k” goes to the next/prev email, etc.

  • MJ

    In terms of attachment and storage capacity, Gmail clearly wins…
    On the message organization aspects, I give an “A” for Yahoo mail :D

  • Tina

    I use both gmail and yahoo mail and I do make that stereotype that gmail is more profession looking. Gmail has most of the pros, considering it allows POP3 access without payment, however it does not give temporary/disposable e-mail services.

    The main reason why I am a bit bothered by gmail is the fact that when you make a gmail account, you can’t just make Gmail. You have other services like youtube, blogger, picasa, and other services linked to it. I find that a bit annoying.

  • John Cooke

    I used GMAIL and it is so invasive, It reads all your personal emails and breaks so many privacy rules. It also connects all your Facbook data with GMAIL and Youtube data. It knows everything you are doing and saying and has it all stored in ONE profile for Worldwide access. I think the CIA and the Powers that be must love this.

    Get away from GMAIL. Move to YAHOO Mail.

    • John Cock

      pfffttt… seriously, Yahoo mail? and why the fuck is CIA doing here?. . . Enjoy your yahoo btw. . yahoooooooo…

  • When i was in primary school, I usually used yahoo mail, for the reason it was the first mail service on the internet. I love it due to its a manageable working environment. But when i am uploading larger file in size, i hate now it’s service because it has limited offer for users. Since google has now dominating the the entire web service maybe i would create an account for that, and compare which is the best… :D

  • Hashim Jamal

    gmail is undoubtedly the winner here, 1 more points to add is that the search in gmail is awesome with many filter options, which I didnt find in yahoo.
    Also yahoo is much slower, gives weird errors related to internet explorer sometimes, , ,

  • lacusta

    Yahoo mail is the best !

  • Alyssa

    I have a yahoo but my friend said to switch to gmail and I don’t know if I should. Should I take her advise or just have both?

    • Alyssa@ Use both and after using Gmail, it will be easy for you to decide.
      My favorite is Gmail.

  • BBDS

    Disagree with “Folder Organization” part.
    Gmail allows for sub-folders and Yahoo does not.
    Sub-Folders are at the very heart of organizing emails.

    Gmail is a clear winner.

  • diya

    i use both, both r good.so,i can’t chose.:?

  • Anonymous20120605

    Sorry but this isn’t an objective report at all.

    1. Do you care about privacy? Here in Europe we do. This is a con for Gmail
    2. Gmail has – in contrast to Yahoo – NOT unlimited space
    3. Gmail recently forced the users to use another design. I don’t if Yahoo does these things, too.
    4. Gmails IMAP implementation is not very good. Try to create a folder with special characters like “/” (in Thunderbird for example)
    5. ‘For those in the business world’ Are you serious? For Business you should use an address with an own domain. Such as name@company.com .

    And yes I like Gmail but this report is not fair.

  • I totally agree he gmail is much easier to use and is AMAZING!

  • Good comparison, Bilal

    Personally I use my own email servers for any professional communications, but I use gmail as my backup account. I also have a few yahoo accounts which, until very recently (yesterday), I hadn’t touched in years.

    From checking out yahoo the past day – I’m actually quite impressed with their spam filtering – it seems to work much better than gmail, and the layout looks better. Themes on gmail are all fine and dandy – but they look pretty terrible, IMO.

    • Jeremy@ I have not tried yahoo yet. Actually i am comfortable with Gmail.

  • Adele

    I have been using Yahoo since I first got online ten years ago and it has given me very few problems. Gmail is a big pain because you need a new account for every youtube channel and now it is getting my yahoo recovery e-mail mixed up with itself so it is impossible to access the gmail account I was sort of using for business purposes. It is a mess! I would get rid of all my gmail accounts right now if it wasn’t for my youtube channels!

  • Ana

    Some of the claims in this report are not correct..
    I use Yahoo and Gmail.
    Yahoo mail attachment is actually 25mb for FREE users, which I am, not 10mb as stated in the article.
    Yahoo is less intrusive and lets you use your email as intended…an email.
    One thing I dont like about Gmail is that it links you to too many other services and makes your information avaliable by default, unless you go through all the settings adding “NO” and “Private”, not very fair to regular jo bloggs.
    Ana

  • Homer

    I also use both!

    The only reason I say Yahoo is better is the folder support. I suppose a lot of people may not worry about this but I like to organise my inbox and sent mail into seperate folders which is so easy in Yahoo. There are keyshortcuts and multiple messages can be moved at once.

    With Gmail you have to use labels and a TPC like Thunderbird to easily move multiple emails around.

    I’m sure it doesn’t bother that many people but I hate colour coded messages stacked up in the Sent Items in Gmail. You can copy to the label “folder” but can’t “move” them. If you delete from Sent Items after moving to a label the message is erased. Not cool.

  • SM

    I use both. Mostly Yahoo until recently and using Gmail more often now for an account with my own domain (this is a a big pro for Gmail, allowing a user to create an account using a unique domain name; the true professional way!)

    There’re quite a few things I’m missing Yahoo when using Gmail:

    1) Yahoo opens each message as a tabbed page, allowing you to move between messages or drafts freely w/o having to closing anything. Gmail does not have this, which I really miss.
    2) Yahoo and Outlook automatically tags a message once it has been replied to. This helps a lot for you to keep track of the messages. Gmail does not have it, sadly.
    3) Both services allow you to add several external accounts within the Gmail or yahoo account, so that you can send/receive emails of your own domain within Gmail or Yahoo. While Yahoo handles this seamlessly, Gmail has two big problems: a) the emails for the external account gets into Gmail a lot more slowly; b) if your recipient uses Outlook, your email will be shown as “From”xyz@gmail.com on behalf of name@company.com” (this may not show until the recipient replies or forwards your message). This is very annoying since it defeats the purpose of using a “professional” address with your own domain.
    4) Searching for old emails: I used to hate yahoo Mail’s Search function: slow and imcomplete. Now I hate Gmail’s Search even more, which is ironic, considering Google’s strength in search. It is fast and misses a lot of messages!

    If I’m forced to choose ONE, I’ll choose yahoo in a second.

    • SM@ Thanks for such a detail comment. It will help other users to decide which one has more features.

  • Julie Dubel

    I agree with Bilal about the search engine in gmail. I have a listserve that sends me hundreds of emails a week, and when I search for emails that I KNOW are there, they never come up on gmail. Also, even though I have created all of these folders, when I go to them, they are empty. Maybe this is a human factors issue (too difficult to get what you set up to work), but it makes all of this so-called organization useless, so now I just have 2000 messages thrown into one box, and cannot ever get any data out unless I go to my work computer. Of course, that defeats the purpose for purchasing the Ipad to take to court. And sometimes the font on my Ipad is so small I cannot even read the emails. I am seriously considering switching to my yahoo account for this data. Love to hear people’s opinions on this.

  • Blake

    I’m not sure if you wrote this in the time that Gmail had larger attachments, but Yahoo allows 100mb attachments whereas Gmail allows 25MB. I still prefer Gmail for the most part.

  • Bahadur

    Yahoo mail is horrible. I don’t receive emails at all, not even activation emails when I open en account on some other site. The only emails I receive is about yahoo products and yahoo answers. I’ve opened several yahoo accounts hoping at least one would work. But so far none has. So don’t use yahoo mail. It’s worse than the worst.

  • Eno

    Yahoo is got a lot of spam! I work in an internet cafe and someone comes to read that important msg and they have to scroll through the junk msgs just to see THAT message. Sometimes an important msg arrives in the spam but for Gmail, you never loose an important msg to the spam folder and you can even set it to delete spam after two weeks or a month.

    Some days yahoo customers are not able to login, it always says something along invalid id or password.

    Signing up is too easy for gmail and personalised to sending a confirmation code to your phone except for yahoo. Many customers of yahoo bitch about their accounts getting hacked into, which is very rare for gmail cse you will have to present 8 characters or more for a password and they wont the silly (name123) passwords.

    If you printed an email: Gmail has a better outlook on the paper, very smart except yahoo which is all over the paper.

    If you have a low internet connection you instruct Gmail to load the basic html view except for yahoo which will try to load the default view and fail at it. If you already customized yahoo mail to default view, there is no turning back to a classic.

    Also Gmail never expires even when you take a year to login except for yahoo that still/used to expire(s) after four months of non use then you will have to loose all your stuff because its reactivated and formatted.

    If you are pro i suggest you use Gmail

  • VFX

    I like the yahoo because of tabs , when u writing something you can switch to your inbox , open several mail and they all open in small tabs within mail

    I like gmail because of attachments Thats ALL , cause i don’t see nothing better than yahoo there

  • Jim

    Yahoos newest cram it down your throat email change makes Gmail the clear choice

  • Taswir Haider

    I think,Yahoo is good but Gmail is better than Yahoo.

  • Raven

    I have probably created around seven or eight Yahoo! Accounts back when I was six-years-old and first started using the internet ( I was a smart kid ). Just this year I decided to make two Gmail accounts to try that out. I do love Gmail because it gave me easy access to Youtube, although Google + is very annoying to me. But Gmail isn’t only for mail, it seems to be for tons of other uses too. While I find it sometimes convenient, I dislike the idea of my daughter having it. I think that Gmail is best for teenagers adults. I think that Yahoo! mail is the best for starters. It’s the first mail account I used, and will be the first that my daughter uses… Just because I believe it’s better because it doesn’t connect to other activities that make things more public, it’s a more private or unnoticeable account. So Yahoo! is best for starters, and Gmail is best for those who are more experienced in the world, and most likely 15-years-old or older.

  • abcd

    yahoo is best gmail sucks

  • sweeta

    I like both. Yahoo and Gmail. I use both at times and I think both of them provide equally better service. I love Yahoo’s interface though, look very neat and clean, whereas gmail interface looks clutter and disgusting. I love folders over labels. I like the 2-point verification in gmail but then yahoo also has 2-point verification for you to choose. One smart thing yahoo does is notify you to change the password and blog the intruder at the same time. Some intruder recently tried to hack my account by clicking on the security question but yahoo blocked the option and notified me by text to change the password immediately. This is really cool. The other thing I like about yahoo is the alias. I can chat with anyone and the person won’t even come to know about my real username. The other thing I like about yahoo is it does not target adds based upon my email conversation, which is really creepy when it comes to gmail. With yahoo you can also set the preferred default location which gmail does not provide. Gmail only provides with IP address and locations for all the activities. One thing I love about gmail is their search option its amazing to find all the email no matter how old they are. However, yahoo is also great in that part because it stacks email according to years, conversations, sent, to and attachments. As I was a primary yahoo user I always get back to yahoo after switching to gmail. I first thought to make gmail my primary email but gmail intrudes our privacy and so I prefer yahoo over gmail. Although both are good.

  • first i have created e-mail on yahoo.com that days gmail is not that popular but nowdays gmail is also very popular right now i am using gmail for mail

  • I think Gmail is the best email service provider so far.

  • Annette

    Why use gmail or yahoo?? There is no single free email service on-line, which would not try to racketeer your personal information one way or the other. Free email services also use use the cloud, which puts everyone in danger from hackers.

    Why so many people fall for the ‘free’ internet services is beyond me. If you want every word in your email filtered by government and advertisers, go ahead and follow the rest of the sheep and continue to spend your 5 bucks on your daily cappuccino and cheap out not spending 10 or 20 bucks a year on a private secure encrypted email service..

    I will only use private email services including hush mail and my-edu-email.com for privacy, professionalism and student discounts. ;))

    If I receive an email from some company who are using a yahoo, gmail, M$ email or some other freebie email service that does not reflect the company name, I know that they are not worth doing business with.

  • Dr. Vijay

    Since beginning and fro last 10 years I am using yahoo mail
    service. It was heavy to load initially but no other
    option was there. Google came then but ymail kept updating
    Now with advent of windows 8 ymail shifyed focus
    on simplicity and prefered cleaner looks.

    U can now attach larger files though.
    Only one problem, after login from IE screen
    asks to update to firefox or ssfari. Time will
    heal that also. Yahoo news are good post logout.
    I love ymail.

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