PushGmail is Better Than GPush

pushgmailPreviously, I wrote about GPush for the iPhone, an app that offers push notification.  It kind of worked, but it wasn’t perfect.  There were times where it would just completely stop working and I’d have to reset the program and reactivate my account in order for it to work.  I also didn’t like that it would bring you to the in-browser gmail webapp instead of just the native mail.app on the phone.

Enter PushGmail. It does several things that I like.  It just plain works — no need to fiddle around every week or so to get it working again.  It also goes straight to the mail.app when users click or slide on the notification.  This part isn’t perfect because it opens up mail.app’s compose page, but that’s more Apple’s fault than the app’s.

Even though Google has released official support for push notification through Microsoft’s Exchange server, it didn’t work that well when I first tried it. There was a noticeable delay between when an email reached my inbox and when the push notification was activated.  It defeats the whole purpose of instant email notification.  Also, doing it through the official Google way only supports one account.  I usually only check one account, so it doesn’t matter to me, but it may be a deal-breaker for some.

Until Google fixes their server, PushGmail is probably the best and most simple choice.

PushGmail $1.99(site)

Useful iPhone Apps

I made a short list of iPhone apps that I’ve found to be useful. I’ll probably add more to it later, but my top three picks so far are:

I like Twittelator better than Twitter’s official app. It’s free, ad-less, and has features such as attaching pictures, location awareness, and even a emergency button that’ll send an emergency message with your location to all your twitter frieds. Why you wouldn’t dial 911 in that situation is beyond me though. A lot of people have been saying that it’s buggy, but I haven’t had that many problems with it. Once in a while, it can’t grab new tweets from twitter, but it hasn’t crashed on me yet. *crosses fingers*

The New York Times App
I don’t know what the official name for this app is, but it’s just the New York Times on your iPhone for free. It takes a few minutes to download all the content for the day, but after that, it’s easy to browse all of the articles. There’s also the option to browse articles by category and even adding your favorite categories to the bottom dock bar for quick access. I like to read this in portrait mode, but for those who think the text size is too small that way, rest assured that this works in landscape mode as well.

Google Reader
Maybe this is cheating since Google Reader is a webpage and not a stand-alone app, but it’s fantastic. Just browse to reader.google.com on your iPhone and you should get redirected to the mobile version of the site. List view is easy on the eyes, but it gets a bit laggy when there are a lot of pictures in a post. The only improvement I can see for it is to have some sort of floating menu-bar or dock so that I don’t need to scroll all the way down the page to ‘mark all posts as read’ or go on to the next 15 most recent posts.

With the exception of Google Reader, all these apps can be found on the iTunes store for free.