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Why I Switched BACK from Gmail Push on my iPhone

Published September 24, 2009

Google made the official announcement that I can now use iPhone’s push technology to get notified when I get a new message. I jumped on board and quickly retreated. Here is what I experienced:

  1. The directions were extremely clear and they worked just fine.
  2. My iPhone 3Gs began beeping and vibrating probably every minute.
    First problem: I receive too much email to be notified as soon as I get it.
  3. I shut off push while I was in the office to stop getting the annoying beeps. When I got home, I turned it on and the beeps came back. I expected them, but I didn’t expect to see every message I received today to show up in my inbox.
    Second Problem: You probably need to switch all desktop accounts to use Exchange* too.
  4. I gave Gmail Push one more chance. I left those messages and decided to play around with email but the server sync seems to be much slower then IMAP.
    Final problem: Speed. IMAP ain’t no prize winner, but in this case it was.
  5. After less then 12 hours, I was back on IMAP and happy as I was beforehand.

* Google uses the Exchange ActiveSync protocol to get push working.

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Ronnie Schwartz is the CTO and founder of RustyBrick, an agile web & mobile development firm that creates effective applications and focuses on finding the right balance between time to production and software quality to get clients in front of their customers quickly and effectively. Ronnie brings over twenty years of innovative design, programming and management expertise to the table.

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