All right, Gmail 2.0 doesn’t crash or slow down browsers all the time, nor does it affect everyone the same way, but it has been causing problems. But first, the relatively good news.
You may recall I wrote earlier that Google had sped up it’s data storage “counter,” that always increasing number on their login page that indicates how much storage you have. At the time, mid-October, it was around 2,961.497189 MB; surprisingly, about one month later, it’s up above the 5 GB mark.
Of course, I’m cheating slightly, since it’s only 5 GB in the hard drive definition of the word. To be exact, it’s above 5,000 MB and going up.
Now, a lot of people surprisingly keep saying “why use Gmail, Yahoo! mail has unlimited storage.” I’m not a Google apologist but,
- I like the Gmail UI
- I like the conversation grouping
- I like the filter approach vs. normal folders
- Realistically 5 GB is unlimited — unless you use your Gmail account for file storage as well.
That said, what good is storage if you can’t use it? I’ve been wondering for a few days what was up with my Gmail. Certain labels load slowly (or not at all), and when I first login, it seems to “pause” for a second with half the screen refreshed. It finally dawned on me that they had rolled out 2.0 to me (finally) when I noticed the “Older Version” link in the upper right hand corner of the browser.
It’s ironic because version 2.0 was supposed to be faster, but reports are (and my empirical evidence shows) it’s anything but. Does switching back to the old version correct the issues? Yeah, it does. More evidence it’s 2.0. Sorry, Google.