This New Gmail iPhone App Is Total Garbage

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Google just announced the availability of Gmail for iPhone and iPad, two apps we’ve been waiting years for.

And they both stink. They’re essentially the web versions of Gmail we’ve had forever with some slight changes to menus.

You can attach images inside emails you’re composing, thank goodness, but that’s about it.

And to top it off, push notifications and badges aren’t working from the get-go, even though Google advertises that as a feature.

But what did we expect? Google’s iOS apps like Google Voice and Google+ have always been buggy and unimpressive.

Here’s our tour of Gmail for iPhone and iPad, which is good enough, but not anywhere close to great.

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