There are plenty free mailing services to choose from, but only a few of them can rise to Gmail’s level. If we’d give you a list of alternatives to Gmail, most of the names wouldn’t ring a bell to you, because there aren’t many people who use them, in the past days, we’ve compared the Gmail to Yahoo, Outlook.com and other known rivals and this time, we’ve stopped at Apple’s iCloud Email.
Gmail was launched in February 2007 and currently, it has over 900 million active users, iCloud Email is an optional part of an iCloud account, and it can be used as an iCloud Apple ID.
At first, Gmail was offering 1GB of free storage per user and currently, the new users get 15GB of free space across Gmail, Google Drive and Google Photos. The attachments support a maximum file size of 25MB, so you can send multiple photos or audio files and even a short video. If 15GB of storage isn’t sufficient, then you can pay a monthly rate of $1.99 for 100GB, $9.99 for 1TB, $99.99 for 10TB, $199.99 for 20TB or $299.99 for 30TB.
iCloud offers 5GB of free space for emails, documents etc, but there are also three monthly plans – $0.99 for 50GB of storage, $2.99 for 200GB and $9.99 for 1TB, while the 500GB plan is no longer available.
The iCloud Mail resembles the iOS version of Mail, featuring a simple interface with an easy access to email management, Gmail is more feature-rich, but the users have the possibility to manage their emails in a way that they are easily found, without being buried under tones of spam emails. Since 2013, Gmail started automatically sorting messages into five tabs: Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums, and the emails are sent directly to one of these tabs after you’ll firstly specify which tab is more visible. Also, you can use labels, which will let you organize your messages into categories.