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OneDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. Amazon Cloud Drive vs. Box vs. Mega

If you’re an active internet user then it’s more likely that you’re using a cloud storage service (or an online backup service). If you’re not using that then you’re going to need it. A cloud storage service can be useful to you in several ways. For instance, it can save the disk space on your PC if you store your photos and videos online. Also, it can be used as a backup service so that your files are all safe in the cloud even if your computer hard drive crashes. And yeah, today cloud storage service has become increasingly popular because of their cross-platform support. It means that you can upload your documents from your PC to the cloud and can instantly access it via your mobile.

Comparison: Microsoft OneDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. Amazon Cloud Drive vs. Box vs. Mega

I have already compared the best cloud storage services back in 2012 but things changed a lot ever since. So I’m going to compare the top cloud storage services once again to reflect the new changes. The last time I compared only Microsoft SkyDrive (now rebranded as OneDrive), Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon Cloud Drive. So today I have included Box (formerly Box.net) and Kim Dotcom’s Mega as well.

1. Microsoft OneDrive (formerly Microsoft SkyDrive)

Microsoft OneDriveI really love OneDrive apps (yes, it’s my preferred cloud storage service) and its interface. But what I really don’t like about OneDrive is their URL structure. It’s simply not user friendly and not uniform at all. Also, sharing files with friends is not as simple as in Dropbox or Google Drive. OneDrive supports remote access to your PC. You can access all the files on your PC from another computer using OneDrive website.

In other words, if you have installed OneDrive desktop on your PC then you can use fetch files feature to access all your files on that PC from another computer even if it’s not there in your OneDrive folder. Also, you can access the network locations as well if they’re included in your PC’s libraries or if they’re mapped as drives. Since OneDrive is integrated to Microsoft Office Online (and now with Windows 8 as well) you can view your documents (Word, Excel, PDF, etc.) online without downloading them to your PC.

Free Storage: 15 GB (+ 3 GB extra storage when you activate camera roll backup)

Available Platforms

  • On Mobile: iOS (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch), Android, Windows Phone, Mobile Web
  • On Desktop: Web, Windows (Vista, 7, 8, or 8.1), Mac OS X

Pricing For Additional Storage: $25/year for 50 GB, $50/year for 100 GB, $100/year for 200 GB $1.99/month for 100 GB, $3.99/month for 200 GB (if you own an Office 365 subscription then you get additional 20 GB 1 TB OneDrive storage for free — like this).

File Size Limit: 2 GB (via OneDrive apps); 300 MB (via OneDrive website)

You can refer your friends to OneDrive and you will get additional 500 MB/referral (refer up to 10 friends for a maximum of 5 GB additional free storage).

» Visit Microsoft OneDrive

2. Dropbox

DropboxDropbox is perhaps web’s favorite cloud storage service with over 200 million users. I’m not actually a fan of Dropbox but it’s really a cool service as it’s intuitive and very powerful. Dropbox offers a clean interface and unlike OneDrive it’s super easy to share files and you can view all your shared files in one-click. Dropbox is secure too as it supports two-step verification and you can even lock your Dropbox mobile app using a passcode.

Free Storage: 2 GB (+ up to 1.5 GB extra storage as bonus)

Available Platforms

  • On Mobile: iOS (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch), Android, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire, Mobile Web
  • On Desktop: Web, Windows, Mac, Linux

Pricing For Additional Storage: $9.99/mo. or $99/year for 100 GB; $19.99/mo. or $199/year for 200 GB; $49.99/mo. or $499/year for 500 GB

File Size Limit: No File Size Limit (via Dropbox desktop or mobile apps); 10 GB (via Dropbox website)

You can easily get bonus storage by connecting your Facebook account (+125 MB), Twitter account (+125 MB), following Dropbox on Twitter (+125 GB), giving feedback about Dropbox (+ 125 MB), and also by connecting your Mailbox for iOS app to Dropbox (+ 1 GB). Or you can refer your friends to Dropbox and get up to 16 GB as bonus space. Dropbox offers 500 MB/referral  so you can refer up to 32 friends for a maximum of 16 GB additional storage space).

» Visit Dropbox

3. Google Drive

Google DriveIf I like Google Drive then it’s probably because of the following reasons: First, it’s deeply integrated to Gmail so you can save all your Google Mail attachments directly to your Google Drive account (Tip: Use the “Save to Drive” option in Gmail). Second, it’s integrated to Google Docs so you can create a doc and share with your friends instantly (and can even collaborate with each other in real-time). Third, it’s very easy to share files and set its permissions.

Free Storage: 15 GB

Available Platforms

  • On Mobile: iOS (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch), Android, Mobile Web
  • On Desktop: Web, Windows, Mac, Chrome OS

Pricing For Additional Storage: $1.99/mo. for 100 GB, $9.99/mo. for 1 TB, $99.99/mo. for 10 TB, $199.99/mo. for 20 TB, $299.99/mo. for 30 TB

File Size Limit: Up to 1 TB (depends upon the file type)

Unlike other services the storage space offered by Google Drive is shared between Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. So if your Gmail is using over 10 GB space then you’ve got less than 5 GB free storage in Google Drive. So if the storage is not enough then the only option is to buy one of their paid plan since there is no referral program.

» Visit Google Drive

The Next 3 Lesser Known Cloud Storage Services

Since I don’t personally use any of the following cloud services I’m highlighting only their basic features. You can select one based on your personal preference.

4. Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon Cloud Drive

Free Storage: 5 GB

Available Platforms

  • On Mobile: iOS (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch), Android, Kindle
  • On Desktop: Web, Windows, Mac

Pricing For Additional Storage: $10/year for 20 GB, $25/year for 50 GB, $50/year for 100 GB, $100/year for 200 GB, $250/year for 500 GB, $500/year for 1 TB

File Size Limit: 2 GB

» Visit Amazon Cloud Drive

5. Box

Box

Free Storage: 10 GB

Available Platforms

  • On Mobile: iOS (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch), Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Mobile Web
  • On Desktop: Web, Windows, Mac

Pricing For Additional Storage: $10/mo. for 100 GB

File Size Limit: 250 MB (5 GB for $10/mo. plan)

» Visit Box

6. Mega

MegaFree Storage: 50 GB

Available Platforms

  • On Mobile: iOS (iPhone, iPod touch, compatible with iPad), Android, BlackBerry
  • On Desktop: Web, Windows

Pricing For Additional Storage: $9.99/mo. or $99.99/year for 500 GB, $19.99/mo. or $199.99/year for 2 TB, $29.99/mo. or $299.99/year for 4 TB

File Size Limit: No File Size Limit

» Visit Mega

So which is your favorite cloud storage service and why? ;)

First Published: March 2014; Last Updated: August, 2014

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Google Apps

If you’re a blogger, freelancer or an Internet entrepreneur then you need your own custom email address, right? Because sooner or later you’ll feel embarrassed to show your @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com, or @aol.com email address to the public. So the usual option is to sign up for a domain name and a web hosting plan and then use an email client like Outlook Express to access email. But that sucks!

And then Microsoft introduced Windows Live Custom Domains back in 2005 and later in 2006 Google introduced Gmail For Your Domain (now known as Google Apps). A free Google Apps account was the perfect solution since we got a Gmail like experience for our custom email accounts. And I was super excited when I was able to host my email in the Google cloud.

Read: Gmail vs. Outlook.com vs. Yahoo! Mail: An Ultimate Comparison

Unfortunately, Google discontinued the free edition of Google Apps back in 2012. They almost indirectly announced on their Official Enterprise Blog that individuals have to use a personal Google Mail account and businesses have to purchase Google Apps for Business to manage their email accounts. Yes, Google Apps for Business is $50 per user per year.

So it means that even if you need just one mailbox you still have to pay $50 a year. And yeah, there was a way to get its free edition by using a hack but that no longer works now.

Luckily there was a Microsoft alternative at that time, called the Windows Live Admin Center (previously Windows Live Custom Domains). It was the perfect alternative to Google Apps as we could create up to 500 accounts on Outlook.com (previously Hotmail.com) and experience its fresh, clean, and an intuitive interface.

But back in April 2014, Microsoft announced on their Windows Live Admin Center website that:

Outlook.com no longer offers support for new custom domain sign ups. New customers looking to manage custom domains are encouraged to use Office 365, Microsoft’s premium online service, which also includes enterprise-class mail, collaboration and communication tools.

However they also mentioned that existing users can continue to use the service but earlier this month Microsoft sent an email to all Windows Live Admin Center customers and informed that they will continue to support existing Custom Domains but users won’t be able to add or remove email accounts. In other words, R.I.P. Windows Live Admin Center.

We want to inform you of some important changes to the Windows Live Admin Center: As of April 10th 2014, Outlook.com no longer supports new custom domain sign ups. We appreciate that you have used this service and we regret to inform you of this change. This email will explain the upcoming changes and your options as a valued customer.

As a current customer, we will continue to support the ability to log in to Outlook.com with your existing custom domain email address, but as of July 31st 2014, you will no longer be able to add or remove accounts in your domain.

Of course, this move was expected because we know the “Windows Live” brand is dead but they never rebranded Windows Live Admin Center.

Now, what are the Google Apps alternatives?

  • Google Apps for Business – If you want to enjoy Google cloud; Costs $50 per user per year.
  • Office 365 Small Business – If you want to enjoy Microsoft cloud; Costs $60 per user per year.
  • Zoho Mail – If you’re looking for a free alternative; Free & ad-free for up to 10 users.
  • Atmail Cloud – $79 per month for 50 users.
  • FastMail – $40 per year for one account; $15 per year per account.
  • Hushmail – $5.24 per user per month.
  • Pobox – $50 per year for one account (10 – 20% discount for additional accounts).
  • Rackspace Email Hosting – $2 per user per month (Rackspace Email); $10 per user per month (Hosted Exchange).

These are the paid alternatives to Google Apps and hence may not be the perfect choice (especially if you need less than 5 accounts). But wait, there’s another workaround and I believe that’s the perfect alternative to Google Apps. It’s by using Gmail itself but after customizing it the way we want so that it becomes a mail hub. And yeah, it’s free and it works!

The Best Google Apps Alternative: Use Gmail As Your Mail Hub

I’m going to show you how to use your personal Gmail account as your email server – that’s to create a custom email address like you@example.com. You will need a free Gmail account (create a new account or you can use your existing Gmail account) assuming that you already have a domain name and a web hosting plan (I prefer a cPanel Hosting as it’s simple and easy to manage).

All my domain names are hosted by HostGator.com and InMotionHosting.com and both are cPanel Hosting. So I’m going to use HostGator for this tutorial. But please note that the steps may differ when you try this on another web hosting account that’s not using cPanel control panel.

Phase 1: Create An Email Account On Your Server

Open the control panel of your web hosting (cPanel in this case) and navigate to “Mail” section.

cPanel: Email Accounts

Now create a new email account – you@example.com.

cPanel: Create Email Accounts

You will see the newly created email account listed there and now you have to retrieve its server settings. So click “More” and then click “Configure Email Client”.

cPanel: Configure Email Client

You will get both “Auto Configuration Scripts” and “Manual Settings”. You can ignore the “Auto Configuration Scripts” and note down the recommended “Secure SSL/TLS Settings” as you will need this information.

cPanel: Secure Email Settings

Phase 2: Add As A POP3 Email Account In Gmail (To Fetch Mails)

Go to Gmail > Settings > Accounts & Import.

Gmail Settings: Accounts & Import

Here you can add another email account that you own so that you will be able to access the same from within Gmail. Click “Add a POP3 mail account you own” and enter your newly created email address. Click “Next Step”.

Gmail: Add A Mail Account You Own

Enter the details of your new account on the next page (that is the “Secure SSL/TLS Settings” of your new email account).

Add A New Email Account To Gmail

If Google is able to verify your login credentials then it will show a message that “Your mail account has been added.” and will ask whether you would like to send mail from your new email account. So you have to select “Yes” and click “Next Step”.

Gmail: Add Another Email Address

Phase 3: Add As SMTP Account In Gmail (To Send Mails)

You can enter a custom name to show to your email recipients if you want or Google will use your default Gmail name. Click “Next Step”.

Gmail: Add Another Email Address

Now Google will ask whether you would like to send emails though your Server (i.e. your cPanel hosting server in this case) or Gmail server. You MUST select the “Send through example.com SMTP servers” option or else your recipient will see your @gmail.com email address.

Gmail SMTP Settings

Now click “Add Account” and Gmail will once again verify your credentials and will ask you to confirm your email address by entering the confirmation code sent to your new email address (you@example.com).

Gmail Verification

Since you have already added your new email account in Gmail (using POP3) you can go to your Gmail Inbox and click “Refresh”. You will get a “Gmail Confirmation” mail and you can complete the verification process by clicking on the given link or by manually entering the “Confirmation code” that you have received in your confirmation mail.

Gmail Confirmation

Now go back to Gmail > Settings > Accounts & Import and see if your new email account is added under “Send mail as” and “Check mail from other accounts (using POP3)” option.

Gmail SMTP & POP Settings

Voila! You’re done. :)

Read: 10 Gmail Tips You Probably Don’t Know

BONUS: Hate Gmail? Try Outlook.com!

Outlook.com Email Accounts

Yes, Microsoft has shutdown Windows Live Custom Domains but you can still use Outlook.com as your mail server in a similar way. Because Outlook.com also allows us to to send email using an SMTP server so that the recipient will not see our @outlook.com address. You can go to Outlook.com Inbox > Options > Your email accounts > Add a send-and-receive account.

Read: 13 Outlook.com Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know

Conclusion: When is it perfect?

The above solution is perfect if you need just one email account or when you need multiple email accounts but only one person will need its access. If you want to create email accounts for a group then you either have to use multiple Gmail accounts or have to go for one of the above Google Apps alternative.

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Free Microsoft adCenter Promo Code http://www.minterest.org/microsoft-adcenter-promotional-coupon-code-75/ http://www.minterest.org/microsoft-adcenter-promotional-coupon-code-75/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 06:20:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/2007/10/05/microsoft-adcenter-promotional-coupon-code-75/ What is Microsoft adCenter? Microsoft adCenter is a platform that enables you to create, manage and optimize your search marketing campaigns to targeted buyers from a pool of 162 million unique search users on Microsoft Bing and Yahoo! Networks. That’s over 30% of US online market. 81% of them have recently purchased online, and they [...]

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Microsoft adCenter

What is Microsoft adCenter?

Microsoft adCenter is a platform that enables you to create, manage and optimize your search marketing campaigns to targeted buyers from a pool of 162 million unique search users on Microsoft Bing and Yahoo! Networks. That’s over 30% of US online market. 81% of them have recently purchased online, and they convert at a higher average rate than Google.

Microsoft adCenter Promotional Coupon Code

Yahoo! Bing Network

Microsoft adCenter (formerly MSN adCenter) is now offering free coupon codes for the residents of US, Canada, UK, India, France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. However, the promotional code is different for each countries. adCenter Coupon for United States and Canada is $50, for UK it’s £50, for India it’s Rs. 1,000, for France it’s €50, for Germany it’s €50, for Australia it’s $40 AUD, for New Zealand it’s $40 NZD and for Brazil it’s R$60 (so you’re supposed to use the coupons accordingly). Moreover, your billing address, currency, and of course the coupon code should match (e.g. U.K. billing address, U.K. currency, U.K. promo code). You cannot change the currency once the account is created so make sure that the coupon is for the same currency and country you are located, otherwise it will not work properly since the adCenter promo codes are considered as type of currency.

Kick-start Your First Ad Campaign With Free Microsoft adCenter Promo Code

Are you from U.S.? Sign Up here & get $50 Credits.
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Read: Why You Should Advertise On Bing Ads And Not AdWords

Make the most of your marketing budget

Online advertising isn’t just for big businesses with big budgets. Keyword advertising can be an effective, low-cost way to get new customers to find your business online. Microsoft adCenter makes it easy to begin using paid search (also called keyword advertising). You can start with just a few keywords and build from there — It’s fast, easy, and absolutely free to start your Microsoft adCenter campaign today. And you only pay when your ad is clicked.

Reach out to a qualified audience

Not all search engines bring the same audience, so a wise search marketer considers using more than one in his or her marketing tool bag. A little research can be of great help in determining where to start. Microsoft adCenter puts your ad in front of Bing and Yahoo! search users, who are converted to customers at a higher average rate than Google users in three out of five categories. It’s a qualified audience of proven buyers to whom you can start advertising your business when you sign up for adCenter.

Target your marketing efforts

By adopting adCenter’s targeting capabilities, you can reach out to the right audience at the right time and help improve your return on investment. Audience selection criteria helps improve your audience targeting strategy with the ability to target based on geographical location, day of the week, time of day and age and gender.

Let Microsoft adCenter be the ticket to search marketing success for your small business

Microsoft adCenter is an advanced platform for online advertising— powerful enough to allow you to reach out to millions and millions of viewers on the Microsoft Bing and Yahoo! networks and precise enough to target your potential customers.

Note: Make sure that you use the appropriate URL to sign up. That is, residents of UK must use the sign up the URL for UK, and residents of India must use the sign up the URL for India.

Microsoft adCenter Promo Code Details

Valid only for advertisers who open a new Bing Ads account by June 30, 2015 (midnight PST). The offer valid only for residents of US, Canada, UK, India, France, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, and Brazil. Limit: one ad credit per customer. There is a minimum bid requirement of $0.05 per click through when using adCenter.

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Microsoft SkyDrive vs Dropbox vs Google Drive vs Amazon Cloud Drive

Microsoft SkyDrive vs Dropbox vs Google Drive vs Amazon Cloud Drive – Comparison

I was not using any of the free online storage services – Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive, Box.net etc. All I used was Gmail to store my files as attachments and that was enough for me. But I have tried Windows Live SkyDrive and Windows Live Mesh in the past even though I never used it. Why? Just because Microsoft has a branding problem. They offer similar services in different names. I hate that strategy. Microsoft offered 25 GB (now 7 GB) free storage via SkyDrive and another 5 GB via Live Mesh. And, SkyDrive didn’t have an app for desktop until recently. They finally came up with a desktop client for Windows and Mac. That’s not all! It even supports remote access – so you can access your desktop files even if it’s not stored on your SkyDrive folder. So, I gave it a try. And yeah it was perfect. But wait! Google’s much awaited Google Drive (GDrive) has arrived. Now, I no longer need SkyDrive since Google Drive is deeply integrated with Gmail and so it’s much more feasible to use Google Drive instead of SkyDrive as I’m already using the 20 GB for $5/year plan by Google (which is no longer offered).



Microsoft SkyDrive (formerly Windows Live SkyDrive)


Microsoft SkyDrive

Free Storage: 7 GB (25 GB if you signed up before April 22nd, 2012)

Mobile: Windows Phone 7, iOS, Android (unofficial), Mobile Web

Desktop: Windows, Mac, Web

Extra Storage: $10/year for 20 GB, $25/year for 50 GB, $50/year for 100 GB

File Size Limit: 2 GB

Remote Access: It is something which is unique only to SkyDrive. Microsoft SkyDrive offers remote access to your PC via SkyDrive.com. So you can access a file on your PC even if it’s not stored online.

» Visit Microsoft SkyDrive


Dropbox

Dropbox

Free Storage: 2 GB (+ 500 MB per referral – up to 18 GB)

Mobile: iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Mobile Web

Desktop: Windows, Mac, Linux, Web

Extra Storage: $99/year for 50 GB, $199/year for 100 GB

File Size Limit: None for files uploaded via desktop, 300 MB for files uploaded via web

» Visit Dropbox


Google Drive


Google Drive

Free Storage: 5 GB

Mobile: Android, iOS (coming soon), Mobile Web

Desktop: Windows, Mac, Web

Extra Storage: $29.88/year for 25 GB, $59.88/year for 100 GB, $599.88/year for 1 TB

File Size Limit: 10 GB

» Visit Google Drive


Amazon Cloud Drive


Amazon Cloud Drive

Free Storage: 5 GB

Mobile: Android, iOS (unofficial), Mobile Web

Desktop: Windows, Mac, Web

Extra Storage: $29.88/year for 25 GB, $59.88/year for 100 GB, $599.88/year for 1 TB

File Size Limit: $20/year for 20 GB, $50/year for 50 GB, $100/year for 100 GB, $200/year for 200 GB, $500/year for 500 GB, $1,000/year for 1 TB

» Visit Amazon Cloud Drive

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Notifications: The Only Reason Why I Love Windows 8’s Modern UI http://www.minterest.org/notifications-the-only-reason-why-i-love-windows-8s-modern-ui/ http://www.minterest.org/notifications-the-only-reason-why-i-love-windows-8s-modern-ui/#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2013 13:13:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=6046 When Microsoft released Windows 8 last year, I blogged about it and expressed my dislike for the Windows 8 Metro UI and apps. Of course, I love Windows 8 and love its Modern UI. But what I don’t like about Windows 8 is its Start Screen which gives the feeling of running two PCs in [...]

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When Microsoft released Windows 8 last year, I blogged about it and expressed my dislike for the Windows 8 Metro UI and apps. Of course, I love Windows 8 and love its Modern UI.

Start

But what I don’t like about Windows 8 is its Start Screen which gives the feeling of running two PCs in one. It’s like we’re using a PC and Tablet at the same time. There are decent number of Windows 8 apps out there but I was not using any. Why? Because the Windows 8 app ecosystem is a light year away from iOS or Android.

But wait, things have changed ever since I tried the People and Mail app by Microsoft. Why? Because of Windows 8 Notifications. I personally tried both these apps when I first got the PC and didn’t play much with notifications but later I realized that the Windows 8 notifications works even when the app is not open or started.

Windows 8 Notifications

For Notifications to work, you have to enable the same under "Permissions" [App > Settings > Permissions > Notifications] of each app.

People, Mail, Twitter: Only 3 Windows 8 Apps I Use

With People app, you can connect your Microsoft (or Hotmail or Outlook.com), Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Skype, and Twitter accounts. And it shows a consolidated view of your Facebook and Twitter updates.

Windows 8 People App

With Mail app, you can add any e-mail account that supports IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) or EAS (Exchange ActiveSync) and can get real-time notifications about new messages. I don’t use this app for sending/receiving mail but its notifications are really useful for me as I don’t have to keep my Inbox open all the time in a web browser.

And finally, if you’re on Twitter then there’s an official Twitter app for Windows 8. Again, I don’t really use that app but its real-time notification works. You can enable notifications in Twitter app so that you’ll get real-time Notifications for new Mentions, Retweets, Favorites, Followers, and Direct Messages.

Hide Windows 8 Notifications

Now if you want to hide the Notifications temporarily then go to Windows 8 > Settings > Notifications and click on “Hide for 1 hour”, Hide for 3 hours” or “Hide for 8 hours”.

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30 Default iPhone Apps By Apple And Its Great Alternatives http://www.minterest.org/best-alternatives-to-default-iphone-apps/ http://www.minterest.org/best-alternatives-to-default-iphone-apps/#comments Sun, 17 Mar 2013 13:20:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=5855 You know one reason (or perhaps the primary reason) why people prefer an iPhone over Android is that you get the best quality hardware and software from Apple with apps like Siri, iMessage, FaceTime, etc. that’s not available for Android. That’s not all! You also get the first-class versions of all official apps by various [...]

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Apple iPhone

You know one reason (or perhaps the primary reason) why people prefer an iPhone over Android is that you get the best quality hardware and software from Apple with apps like Siri, iMessage, FaceTime, etc. that’s not available for Android. That’s not all! You also get the first-class versions of all official apps by various vendors.

As you probably know few apps by Google work better on iOS than Android. When Google released Maps for iOS, several sources claimed that Google Maps for iOS is better than Android version. And this report suggests that Google’s apps run better on the iPad mini than the Nexus 7.

So it really means that you don’t have to buy an Android phone for the sake of apps. When you buy a phone you’re really investing in its ecosystem. And that’s the primary reason why people say they’re switching to Android or iOS instead of mentioning the brand name of a phone.

Today, I’m going to feature an app for each default app by Apple though I prefer to stick with official apps by Apple only. Since the core Apple apps like Mail, Safari, Maps, etc. can be replaced with one app by Google an iPhone is obviously the best Google phone too.

As you can see most of my preferred apps are made by Apple, Microsoft and Google.

My Apple iPhone Home Screens

If you’re installing an alternate app for each default app by Apple then obviously you took a bad decision when you bought the phone as it doesn’t make any sense to use an iPhone filled with their competitors’ apps. :P

The Default iPhone Apps By Apple Are:

Phone, Safari, Messages, Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Reminders, Calculator, Camera, Clock, Voice Memos, Music, Photos, Videos, Newsstand, Compass, Passbook, Stocks, Weather, Game Center, App Store, iTunes, and Maps.

And the alternatives are…

Choice

1. Skype / Google Voice / Viber (instead of Phone)

Skype (FREE)

Say “hello” to friends and family with an instant message, voice or video call on Skype for free. There’s so much you can do, right from the palm of your hand. Add a little Skype Credit to send low-cost SMS messages or call friends on their mobile or landline.

Google Voice (FREE)

Google Voice is currently only available in the US. Send free text messages to US phones and make international calls at very low rates, access your voicemail messages with transcription, and make calls with your Google Voice number.

Viber (FREE)

Viber lets everyone in the world connect. Freely. More than 140 million Viber users call, text, and send photos worldwide – for free. Viber is available for the iPhone and other smartphones. It’s completely free with no advertising.

2. Google Chrome / Opera Mini (instead of Safari)

Google Chrome (FREE)

Browse fast with Chrome, now available on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Sign in to sync your personalized Chrome experience from your computer, and bring it with you anywhere you go.

Opera Mini (FREE)

Keep Opera Mini handy on your iOS device, especially for those unavoidable times you are on a slow crowded network, away from Wi-Fi or when data roaming. Opera’s powerful servers compress data by up to 90% before downloading, so page loads are lightning fast.

3. WhatsApp (instead of Messages)

WhatsApp ($0.99)

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform smartphone messenger currently available for iPhone and all other smartphones. Switch from SMS to exchange messages, pictures, audio notes and video messages with WhatsApp users at no cost.

4. Gmail / Sparrow / Mailbox (instead of Mail)

Gmail (FREE)

Get the official Gmail app for your iPhone or iPad. The newly redesigned app brings the best of Gmail with real-time notifications, multiple account support and search across your entire inbox.

Sparrow ($2.99)

Sparrow by Google is an iPhone mail client designed with love to provide you with an efficient and pleasant mailing experience. With its pane navigation, its new threading system and many new features, you’ll never look back.

Mailbox (FREE)

Mailbox is a completely redesigned inbox that makes email light, fast, and mobile-friendly. Quickly swipe messages to your archive or trash. Scan an entire conversation at once with chat-like organization. Snooze emails until later with the tap of a button — they’ll return to your inbox automatically so you can focus on what’s important now. Mailbox works with Gmail only and is available based on reservations – first-come, first-served basis.

5. Fantastical / Sunrise Calendar (instead of Calendar)

Fantastical ($3.99)

Fantastical is the fastest and friendliest calendar app. Just type in “Lunch with John in Cupertino on Friday” and Fantastical will schedule it! Best of all, the beautiful interface makes using your calendar fun and easy.

Sunrise Calendar (FREE)

Sunrise is a free calendar app made for Google Calendar users. Designed with love, Sunrise is a new experience that will make your life easier.

6. Smartr Contacts / Brewster / Addappt / IntouchApp (instead of Contacts)

Smartr Contacts (FREE)

Smartr Contacts brings you that magic. This free app automatically creates rich profiles for all your contacts, including communication history and updates from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Brewster Address Book (FREE)

Bring together everyone you know (including contacts from iPhone, LinkedIn, Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter) to create your own personalized address book. Additionally, syncing Brewster to your iPhone address book keeps your contacts’ information up-to-date and adds large photos to every contact.

Addappt (FREE)

Addappt is an always up-to-date private address book maintained by your friends… on iOS, desktop and iCloud all with one free app. Change your contact information once in the app and your contact info is updated across all your connected friends’ address books. It is that simple.

IntouchApp Contacts (FREE)

IntouchApp is a simple and elegant solution for managing your contacts so you stay in touch with those that matter, forever! Never worry about your contacts ever again!

7. Evernote / Fetchnotes (instead of Notes)

Evernote (FREE)

Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.

8. Any.do / Clear (instead of Reminders)

Any.DO (FREE)

Organize your life in a simple and elegant way. Any.DO is a better way to make things happen.

Clear ($1.99)

Life is messy. Keep it together with Clear, an amazing new app for list-keeping that is unbelievably simple, quick and satisfying to use.

9. Calculator+ / Soulver / Quick Graph (instead of Calculator)

Calculator+ (FREE)

Calculator+ is an iPhone / iPad calculator designed with simplicity, usability, and beauty in mind…

Soulver ($2.99)

Soulver is the ultimate app for doing quick calculations and figuring stuff out on the iPhone. It’s a far more elegant way to work with numbers than a traditional calculator.

Quick Graph (FREE)

It is a powerful, high quality, graphic calculator that takes full advantage of the multi-touch display and the powerful graphic capabilities of the iPad and iPhone, both in 2D and 3D. A simple, yet intuitive interface that makes it easy to enter and/or edit equations and visualize them in mathematical notation.

10. Camera+ / Camera Awesome / KitCam (instead of Camera)

Camera+ ($0.99)

With Camera+ you’re able to use your iPhone to shoot the best photos you possibly can. Packed with several useful features that your standard camera app doesn’t include, your pics will improve the instant you start using Camera+.

Camera Awesome (FREE)

Camera Awesome takes your photos to the next level by shooting faassst and taking sharper, better-exposed shots. Make your memories come alive with stunning professional effects. 0-Tap sharing on the sites you love.

KitCam ($0.99)

KitCam is a virtual camera kit that contains an amazing assortment of lenses, films, and frames, which can be used to create incredible effects and turn your photos and videos into stunning works of art.

11. Nightstand Central / Rise (instead of Clock)

Nightstand Central (FREE)

Nightstand Central Free turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a high quality alarm clock with current weather information and customizable wallpaper. It also supports iOS 4 background alarms. You get many of the great features of Nightstand Central, but for free.

Rise ($1.99)

Rise is a delightfully simple and unique alarm clock, now available for your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. With its refreshing and clever way to set time, Rise is one of the simplest alarm clocks you’ll ever use.

12. Audioboo / AudioMemos (instead of Voice Memos)

Audioboo (FREE)

Audioboo is an application for recording and sharing your voice with the world. This free version allows you to create audio up to 3 minutes in length and post that to your own account on the web.

Audio Memos ($0.99)

Audio Memos is a professionally made audio recorder. It has an amazingly intuitive interface, which is easy to use and full of powerful features. Use it in interviews, lectures, music session, briefings, … and simplify your recording tasks.

13. Ecoute (instead of Music)

Ecoute ($2.99)

Ecoute for iOS is an alternative player using your existing musical library. It sports a clean and elegant interface, revolves around gestures to help you control your music quickly, and integrates Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm so you can share your favorites tracks.

14. Flayvr / PhotoFolders (instead of Photos)

Flayvr (FREE)

With flayvr all your iPhone’s photos and videos are magically sorted into beautiful interactive albums, for you to keep or share with friends. Finally bring your memories back to life – use flayvr instead of endlessly swiping through your Camera Roll searching for your lost moments.

PhotoFolders ($1.99)

Protect and hide your private photos without being obvious about it! PhotoFolders allows you to organize your photos into separate albums (folders) that you can password protect to lock or hide. Now you can share the photos you want to share, and hide the photos you want to hide all in the same app.

15. GoodPlayer / AVPlayer (instead of Videos)

GoodPlayer ($2.99)

GoodPlayer can play AVI, Xvid, Divx, DAT, VOB, FLV, WMV, WMA, MKV, MP3, MP4, 3GP, AAC, AMR, FLV, MPEG, etc… files and streaming directly on iOS devices. Just transfer the media files to your iOS devices by iTunes File Sharing or over Wi-Fi, then it can be played at once.

AVPlayer ($2.99)

The AVPlayer can play almost any computer video file format such as AVI, Xvid, WMV and much more clearly and effortlessly. No converting hassles. Just copy files via USB and just drag and drop into the AVPlayer’s Media Explorer.

16. Zinio (instead of Newsstand)

Zinio (FREE)

Introducing Zinio, a better way than ever to explore, read and shop for the world’s best magazines on your iPad. Zinio now has more magazines than ever, and a new app built to make it easier to read your favorites anytime and anywhere. Access thousands of titles, tens of thousands of issues, and millions of pages of the world’s best digital content.

17. Google Earth / Compass+ (instead of Compass)

Google Earth (FREE)

Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more.

Compass+ ($0.99)

Compass+ offers you much more than the standard compass. It features: six beautiful themes, retina graphics, Google Maps integration, location tagger, distance and heading information, etc.

18. Gyft (instead of Passbook)

Gyft (FREE)

Gyft is a digital gift card wallet that enables you to upload, send & redeem gift cards. Get two free $5 cards from mystery retailers! Beautifully designed for your iPhone to track balances and buy gift cards from over 200 national retailers. Connect with Facebook to send gift cards to friends & family.

19. Yahoo! Finance / Bloomberg (instead of Stocks)

Yahoo! Finance (FREE)

You’ve come to expect the highest quality financial coverage from Yahoo! Finance. Now you can get it all in an app built for you. Ranging from broad market indices to the details on a specific commodity, it’s all here. This app has something for everyone, no matter what your need of financial detail may be.

Bloomberg (FREE)

Get instant access to all your business and finance news, market data and portfolio tracking tools from the most trusted source financial professionals around the world rely upon.

20. Haze / Weather Live (instead of Weather)

Haze ($1.99)

Haze is build around the idea of giving you a radiantly crafted forecast at a glance. Swipe through temperature, sunshine hours and rain chance or dive even deeper and get detailed information about the weather. Swipe down to get a 5 day forecasts and unlock multiple colorful themes to personalize the look.

Weather Live ($1.99)

Don’t let bad weather take you by surprise! Whether it is cloudy, rainy, snowy or even stormy outside, Weather Live will provide you with current weather conditions and forecast in your city and multiple locations all around the world.

21. Appsfire (instead of App Store)

Appsfire (FREE)

The new Appsfire is the best way to find your next favorite app. Appsfire makes it super easy to browse the best deals and exclusive promotions. Set up price alerts to be notified when that paid app you’ve had your eye on drops in price, or even goes free.

22. Spotify / TuneIn Radio (instead of iTunes)

Spotify (FREE)

Spotify gives you instant access to millions of songs on your iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch. With the Spotify app, you can choose to listen for free, or subscribe to Spotify Premium. US users can listen to radio for free. If your station plays a song you really like, save it with a single tap. Unlimited songs and stations – listen forever!

TuneIn Radio (FREE)

TuneIn lets you listen to the world’s radio with music, sports, news, talk, and comedy streaming from every continent. Enjoy 70,000 live radio stations and 2 million podcasts, concerts or shows on your iPhone, iPad and iPod, all for free.

23. Google Maps (instead of Maps)

Google Maps (FREE)

Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust.

24. Google Search (instead of Siri)

Google Search (FREE)

Search the web faster and easier with the latest Search app from Google. Get new features available only in this app. Now, with streaming voice search.

Google Search app for iOS recently enabled Voice Search and it really works well. Since it’s not integrated with iOS it can’t do all things which Siri can do but it’s really smarter than Siri when you ask information from the web.

25. CloudMagic (instead of iPhone Spotlight Search)

CloudMagic (FREE)

Magically find anything when you need it the most. Lightning fast search across Gmail, Google Apps, Hotmail, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, iCloud email and much more.

Again, though the primary purpose of CloudMagic and iPhone’s Spotlight Search is different, this app is worthy to feature here as an alternative to Spotlight Search as it offers a one-stop search box to search almost everything cloud.

BONUS: Even More Alternatives To Replace ‘Other’ Apps By Apple…

Apple iPhone Apps

Now those were the best alternatives to the the default iPhone apps by Apple. And here are few more apps to replace iWork, iBooks, Find My Friends, Find My Phone, iMovie, iPhoto, Podcasts, and iCloud.

26. CloudOn / Documents To Go (instead of iWork)

CloudOn (FREE)

CloudOn brings Microsoft Office to your iPhone & iPad and links it to your Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts.

Documents To Go ($9.99)

Looking to access your Microsoft Office files at any time? All you need is your favorite iOS device and Documents To Go to be constantly connected!

27. Kindle / Google Play Books (instead of iBooks)

Kindle (FREE)

The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 1,000,000* books in the Kindle Store plus hundreds* of newspapers and magazines.

Google Play Books (FREE)

With Google Play Books for iOS start reading today with millions of titles from Google Play on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Take your favorite books with you on the go and personalize your reading experience. Shop books in your browser on Google Play.

28. Google Latitude (instead of Find My Friends)

Google Latitude (FREE)

Google Latitude lets you stay in touch with your friends and family by making it easy to share where you are and see each other on a map. Check in at places to share them with friends.

29. Prey Anti-Theft (instead of Find My Phone)

Prey Anti-Theft (FREE)

Open source, cross-platform anti-theft tracker. Prey lets you keep track of *all* your devices easily in one place.

30. Vimeo / ReelDirector (instead of iMovie)

Vimeo (FREE)

The new Vimeo iPhone app is the fastest way to watch, create, and share Vimeo videos on the go. The smarter, more intuitive design makes uploading, browsing, and sharing ridiculously easy.

ReelDirector ($1.99)

ReelDirector is the 1st and the most feature rich, powerful video editor for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

31. Adobe Photoshop Express / PicsArt (instead of iPhoto)

Adobe Photoshop Express (FREE)

With Photoshop Express, it’s easy to improve your photos. Choose from a variety of one-touch effects, or simply drag your finger across the screen to crop, rotate, or adjust color. Add artistic filters like Soft Focus or Sketch.

PicsArt (FREE)

PicsArt is a free, full-featured photo editor and art community. PicsArt’s toolkit includes picture editor, magic effects, draw, sharing, and a photo art community.

32. Instacast / Downcast / Stitcher Radio (instead of Podcasts)

Instacast 3 ($4.99)

Instacast makes it easy to discover, create, and manage multiple podcast subscriptions. Subscribe a podcast via the integrated Online Directory, import episodes from your iPod Library and always stay up-to-date.

Downcast ($1.99)

Download and listen to your favorite podcasts directly from your iOS device without the need to sync with iTunes.

Stitcher Radio (FREE)

Listen to your favorite news, comedy, sports and talk radio shows on-demand from your mobile device. Discover the best of NPR, CNN, Fox, BBC, WSJ, Adam Carolla, SModcast and over 15,000+ shows and live stations. Change the way you listen to radio – on your schedule, not the schedule of traditional stations.

33. Dropbox (instead of iCloud)

Dropbox (FREE)

Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website!

Dropbox can’t be considered as a complete alternative to iCloud since iCloud is tightly integrated with iOS and Dropbox is more or less a cloud storage platform. But several apps support integration with Dropbox and you can access your Dropbox account from any device.

Do you know of any other good alternatives to native iPhone apps?

Image Credits: Flickr, Free Digital Photos

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Why You Should Advertise On Microsoft adCenter And Not On Google AdWords http://www.minterest.org/microsoft-adcenter-coupon-promo-code-us-uk-india/ http://www.minterest.org/microsoft-adcenter-coupon-promo-code-us-uk-india/#comments Sun, 17 Mar 2013 03:12:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=1736 Google vs Bing I’m pretty sure that If someone ask you to name two search engines, it’s more likely that you mention Google and then maybe Bing. My default search engine on all the three web browsers – Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome & Mozilla Firefox – is Google and will be Google itself unless [...]

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Google vs Bing

Google vs Bing

I’m pretty sure that If someone ask you to name two search engines, it’s more likely that you mention Google and then maybe Bing.

My default search engine on all the three web browsers – Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome & Mozilla Firefox – is Google and will be Google itself unless Bing offers me all the advanced search features of Google. Bing does offer an advance search function but only with limited options.

However as an Internet Marketer when it comes to marketing I use Bing and only Bing. Simply because it offers better Return On Investment (ROI). Bing’s conversions are CRAZY as it sends you laser targeted visitors.

Microsoft adCenter vs Google AdWords

Microsoft adCenter vs Google AdWords

Why do I prefer Microsoft adCenter and not Google AdWords?

Google AdWords – it’s highly competitive as almost all marketers target Google and it is becoming even more competitive as more and more advertisers are joining in. So it’s more likely that a wealthier company would outbid you. Try the Google AdWords Keyword Tool, It gives you an idea about the competition for a particular keyword on Google. Besides, the traffic quality on Google is poor when compared to Yahoo! or Bing.

Google’s search results and sponsored ads are heavily manipulated by Search Engine Marketing companies. So unless you use advanced search you’re not going to find what you want. On the Search Settings page I have set the “Results per page” to 100 as the top results on Google for popular keywords are mostly spam.

What you should know about Bing?

Bing is the default search engine on Internet Explorer which is the default web browser for all Windows Operating Systems. That is exactly what makes Bing the default search engine for over 30% of all Internet users.

  • Search Engine demographics shows that Bing users are older, wealthier and less tech-savvy.
  • Searchers on Bing are likely to spend 26.8% more than the average searcher in the U.S. according to comScore.
  • Bing receives most of it’s traffic from US.
  • Bing’s ad exposure has increased after it’s recent merger with Yahoo! Search.
  • Keyword bidding is not as expensive as in Google AdWords.
  • Conversion rate, and hence Return On Investment (ROI), is much higher than Google AdWords because of the quality traffic.

However, the traffic you receive from Bing will be very less when compared to Google as globally the combined market share of Bing – Yahoo is only around 10% while Google holds over 70% market share worldwide.

Global Search Engine Market Share

Now, why is that so? I suppose it’s because of the fact that Bing is the default search engine on Internet Explorer. So Bing users could be Microsoft fanatics (I’m one among them but I still use Google for the above mentioned reason), employees of Microsoft, people who don’t know how to change the default search engine of their web browser, and Bing lovers.

Why you should target Bing?

Just because everyone is advertising on Google doesn’t mean that you should focus only on Google. It makes much more sense to focus on the quality of traffic than quantity.

I started my first Microsoft adCenter campaign using a Free $200 Microsoft adCenter Promo Code (which is no longer available) and the results were outstanding. My keywords were related to “loans” which is highly competitive on Google. I used very targeted keywords and so even though the traffic that I received was less, the conversion rate was exceptional.

Advertise on Bing and Yahoo for FREE – Microsoft adCenter Promo Code

Kick start your Microsoft adCenter campaign today with a Free Microsoft adCenter Promo Code! Make sure that you use the appropriate link to sign up. That is, if you’re from UK then you need to use the sign up link for UK only.

Microsoft adCenter Promo Code Details: Bing credits is applicable for new adCenter advertisers only and any portion of Bing credits not used within 90 days from the date you signed up will expire.

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Gmail vs. Outlook.com vs. Yahoo! Mail: An Ultimate Comparison http://www.minterest.org/gmail-vs-hotmail-outlook-vs-yahoo-mail/ http://www.minterest.org/gmail-vs-hotmail-outlook-vs-yahoo-mail/#comments Sat, 16 Mar 2013 14:04:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=5826 Dear Microsoft, there’s no doubt that Outlook.com (previously Windows Live Hotmail, Microsoft Hotmail) is cooler than Gmail or Yahoo! Mail. But you know what? Gmail (or Google Mail) is way ahead of any other e-mail service when it comes to productivity. I’m using Gmail ever since they launched as an invite-only beta release and it’s [...]

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Outlook.com vs. Gmail vs. Yahoo! Mail

Dear Microsoft, there’s no doubt that Outlook.com (previously Windows Live Hotmail, Microsoft Hotmail) is cooler than Gmail or Yahoo! Mail. But you know what? Gmail (or Google Mail) is way ahead of any other e-mail service when it comes to productivity. I’m using Gmail ever since they launched as an invite-only beta release and it’s Gmail and not Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail that redefined the way I use an e-mail service.

That said, as a Microsoft fanatic I finally migrated to Outlook.com from Gmail last year even though I was aware that I’m not going to get all the features I enjoy from Google Mail. But that migration was part of my break-free from Google as I was too obsessed with Google products.

So today, I would like to compare Outlook.com vs. Gmail vs. Yahoo! Mail to revisit the features I enjoyed at Gmail that “Hotmail…”, err, “Outlook” doesn’t support. You’ve compared Outlook.com with Gmail and Yahoo! Mail with a bias so I would like to show you an unbiased comparison of the top 3 e-mail services out there.

Gmail vs. Hotmail Outlook.com vs. Yahoo! Mail: A Quick Comparison

Features Gmail Outlook.com Yahoo! Mail
Free Storage Space 10 GB (and counting) Unlimited Unlimited
       
Attachment Limit 25 MB (10 GB via Google Drive) 25 MB (10 GB via SkyDrive) 25 MB
       
Mail Access Features Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), IMAP, POP Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), POP IMAP, POP
       
Automatic E-mail Forwarding Yes Yes Available for Yahoo! Mail Plus users only
       
Send Mail From Your Other Address Yes Yes Yes
       
Sub-addressing (?) Yes (‘+’ symbol) Yes (‘+’ symbol) Available for Yahoo! Mail Plus users only
       
Social No Yes, connect your account to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn No
       
Create E-mail Aliases No Yes Available for Yahoo! Mail Plus users only
       
Account Expiration after 9 months of inactivity after 9 months of inactivity after 6+2 months of inactivity
       
Ads Yes, annoying & spammy text ads Yes, not-so annoying tile ads Yes, ugly banner ads
       
Cost Free (with an option to buy extra storage) Free (ad-free Hotmail costs $19.95 a year) Free (Plus costs $19.99 a year)

 

Outlook.com: Pros and Cons

Outlook.com Screenshot

Why I Love Outlook.com?

1. Outlook.com is clean and fresh with an intuitive design. There are no ads in my account (I exactly don’t know why). But anyways Outlook.com’s tile ads are not as annoying as Gmail’s spammy text ads.

Outlook.com – Inbox Tour

2. You can Delete, Move, Categorize, Mark as read/unread, Sweep, Junk a message in one-click using Instant Actions.

3. You can sign in to your account using a one-time password (via SMS) so that you don’t have to enter your password if you’re using a shared PC.

4. You can recover deleted messages in Outlook.com.

5. You can create an alias (can be renamed or deleted) and it can be used as additional e-mail address that’s linked to your primary e-mail account.

6. You can clean your inbox by deleting and blocking all future messages from a sender in 3 clicks by using the “Sweep” feature of Outlook.com.

7. You can sort your messages by file size.

8. I love Outlook.com’s “Reading pane“. You can easily turn it off, or change the view to horizontal or vertical in a click.

9. The “New Message” and “Reply” space is huge with no annoying sidebar with ads.

10. The “Right-click” menu on Outlook.com is cool. Of course, Gmail supports right-click with “Message Sneak Peek” labs feature and it’s nice but Outlook is awesome.

11. You can connect your Outlook.com to your Facebook account and can chat with your Facebook friends.

12. Your Outlook.com inbox is tightly integrated with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Read: 13 Hotmail (Now Outlook) Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know

Why I Hate Outlook.com?

1. It will take ages to move e-mails from your old e-mail client to Outlook.com as they limit the number of messages to 60 at a time. I’ve over 100,000 e-mail messages in my Gmail and that’s the reason why I’m using Gmail’s e-mail forwarding instead of the POP-in feature in Outlook.com.

2. There’s no official Outlook.com app for iOS but you can access Outlook.com on your Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices.

3. I’m a fan of labels ever since I started using Gmail. Outlook.com supports folders and labels (known as categories) but there’s no option to delete the default labels.

4. Outlook.com supports “Rules for sorting new messages” but it’s not as flexible as Gmail and moreover you can’t create a filter with multiple parameters. You have to create a separate filter for each rule.

5. One of the most appreciated features of Outlook.com is its automatic categorization of mails. Well, it may be useful but I won’t call it perfect as Outlook’s algorithm is not clever enough.

6. I hate categories in Outlook.com. In Outlook.com, it’s possible to move messages from  Sent folder to say Inbox or any another folder. It’s really absurd as I expect my sent messages to stay in that folder even though I accidentally moved them to another folder. In Gmail, you can move a message from “Sent Mail” to “Inbox” but it continues to appear in “Sent Mail” as Gmail uses labels and not folders.

Gmail: Pros and Cons

Gmail Screenshot

Why I Love Gmail?

1. Gmail’s killer feature is its powerful search. The search combined with labels and filters is just amazing.

2. Never delete a message ever again as you have tons of storage! I don’t delete any of my messages instead I “Archive” them so that Inbox remains clean. Of course, both Outlook.com and Yahoo! Mail have unlimited storage but it’s Gmail which started the storage war with free storage that’s 250 times bigger than Hotmail.

3. You can send attachments up to 10 GB as Gmail is tightly integrated with Google Drive.

4. You can star any message in one-click. Outlook.com lets you flag (equivalent to Gmail’s starring feature) only incoming mails and not the sent mails.

5. You can also use Gmail to send messages from your other e-mail addresses using Gmail’s “Send mail as” feature. You can hide your Gmail address by sending the mails through your other account’s SMTP server settings.

Read: How To Use Gmail SMTP Server Settings For Sending Mail

6. Gmail’s filters are so powerful and flexible that you can define the filters the way you want. You can create a filter with multiple parameters. For example, I can create a filter to “Star” messages that are coming from abc@example.com and then apply a Label and mark automatically as important and send an automatic reply or forward to another e-mail address. They’re all possible using just one filter.

7. Like filters, another feature that’s worth mention is its Labels. Instead of using folders Gmail uses Labels. In Gmail virtually there’s only one folder and everything else is labels. You can add as much labels as you want to a message and you can search messages using labels apart from using other criteria.

8. Gmail Chat is so addictive and so powerful that it supports Instant Messages, Group Chats, Video Chats, Group Video Chats (Hangouts), Phone Call, etc. That’s not all! All your conversation history is archived online and is searchable. Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail later followed this feature and are now saving all chat histories on the cloud instead of saving on your local PC.

9. With Gmail Labs (experimental new features in Gmail) you can boost your e-mail productivity. And my favorite Labs are “Undo Send” (you get up to 30 seconds to stop messages from being sent), “Canned Responses” (create e-mail templates), “Inserting images” (it’s a killer feature that allows you to paste images directly into the message body), “Quote selected text” (quote only a part of the message instead of including the whole conversation when you reply) “Message Sneak Peek” (enables right-clicking on a messages).

Read: 10 Gmail Lab Features You Must Enable

10. Now when it comes to security Gmail is probably the best among the trio. With 2-step account verification Gmail is almost hacker proof.

Read: How To Secure Your Gmail Account From Hacking

11. With Gmail you can now track your recent login sessions (Access Type, IP Address, Data, Time) and can also sign out remotely. Click on the “Details” link present at the bottom right corner of your Gmail inbox.

Read: 10 Gmail Tips You Probably Don’t Know

12. Google offers a simple task manager called Google Tasks. Though I no longer use Google Tasks it’s really a cool product that’s integrated with Gmail.

13. Gmail allows you to create custom e-mail signature for each account that you have added.

14. Gmail’s app for mobile devices is just awesome with push notifications.

Why I Hate Gmail?

1. Gmail is not social and is integrated only to Google+ that nobody uses. But you can use the third-party add-on called Rapportive to connect your Gmail account to LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and more.

2. Gmail is heavy with too many unwanted features.

3. Gmail’s reading pane, known as Preview Pane, is a mess with ads, horizontal scroll bar, etc.

4. Gmail’s sidebar is ugly with distracting and spammy looking ads.

5. Replying to an e-mail message is awful as the reply window is very narrow with annoying ads.

6. You can’t recover a deleted message.

7. Gmail has got a simple interface but it’s really boring.

Yahoo! Mail: Pros and Cons

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Why I Love Yahoo! Mail?

Oh wait, I don’t love Yahoo! Mail. I use my @yahoo.com only to receive spams or to sign up on a website that appears to be spammy. But still, if there is one feature that I like about Yahoo! Mail, it’s the Disposable Addresses (but available for Yahoo! Mail Plus users only). It’s different from “Plus addressing” of Gmail or Outlook.com. Instead of adding a “+tag” after our username Yahoo! allows us to create another base name (call it an alias) and then we can add up to 500 unique tags separated by a “hyphen“. For example, maheshone-twitter@yahoo.com; maheshone-facebook@yahoo.com instead of maheshone+twitter@hotmail.com or maheshone+twitter@gmail.com in case of Outlook.com or Gmail.

Why I Hate Yahoo! Mail?

Well, I think I can write another blog post on that topic as I hate almost everything about Yahoo! Mail except for its unlimited storage.

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