Gmail has strong competitors that can offer better features than Google's famous service. Although it is the most popular e-mail provider on the planet, it is often criticized for the lack of privacy involving the use of user messages to feed advertising systems. In addition, despite new features such as Smart Compose and Confidential Mode, the solution does not necessarily have the best features compared to rivals. Here are five alternatives to Gmail that are worth testing.
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Outlook is one of the main options for those who want to leave Gmail. With well-built applications and a redesigned web version just over a year ago, Microsoft's solution allows you to get new features without having to abandon the gmail.com address. One of its main functions is the Priority Inbox, which intelligently analyzes messages and shows only the most important ones. The service also has an integrated calendar and contact list that facilitates the management of appointments with invitations that arrive by email.
Microsoft Outlook has priority box and integrated calendar Photo: Divulgao / Microsoft
With apps for iPhone (iOS) and Android phones, Spark is an email client aimed at those who receive a lot of messages and need extra help so they don't get lost. Your inbox puts emails received from real people on top and leaves promotions and other content below.
Just like the late Google Inbox, you can also choose what's important manually and archive everything else with a single command. It also combines features similar to those of Gmail, such as automatic replies, postponement and reminders, with functions found in Outlook, such as intuitive search and integrated calendar.
Spark multiplatform and brings several productivity tools Photo: Divulgao / Spark
Another difference is the vast amount of integrations with storage solutions and other cloud services that help transform the application into a powerful productivity tool. So much so that the pricing of the service depends on the size of a team: free for two employees with 5 GB, and unlimited members in the premium.
As a focus on user security, ProtonMail has servers hosted in Switzerland, a country known for maintaining strict privacy rules. The service encrypts emails with the PGP standard, both stored and in transit, with keys known only to the user's device, that is, the team that develops the software has no access to the content. It also offers a self-destruct mechanism that erases a message sent at the scheduled time.
Its weakness is in storage, limited to 500 MB for free accounts. You also need to give up your old email address and adopt one in the format @ protonmail.com.
ProtonMail encrypts stored and in-transit messages Photo: Divulgao / ProtonMail
German Tutanota stands out for offering an even more advanced level of encryption than Proton Mail, capable of protecting the entire inbox, including metadata as the subject field. In message streams, each gets a different key, which means that even if a hacker manages to crack the password, they will only have access to a single conversation email. The service also encodes the integrated address book, preventing even recipients from being identified in the event of an interception. Its free version offers 1 GB of storage and requires the use of an address with the tutanota.com domain.
Tutanota has more advanced encryption and offers 1 GB free Photo: Divulgao / Tutanota
Apple's iCloud e-mail service may be the ideal alternative for those who have several branded devices. Although their apps are not known for their functionality (especially the iPhone app), they talk very well and integrate with other iOS or macOS features.
On your phone, you can easily import items from the Files app to email. On the computer, the user can drag and drop attachments and images, silence an email exchange and even block a sender who sends spam. The service offers 5 GB of space shared with other iCloud content in a free account. The application allows you to synchronize an external email, but only the icloud.com domain allows you to use webmail.
Alternative iCloud email for those using Apple devices Photo: Divulgao / Apple