One of the greatest features in smart phones is that you have the ability to use email as a main form of communication through it. It does not make you jump through hoops to check your account, but instead integrates it as a normal service. The iPhone 4, and most previous models that are still able to run on the upgraded iOS 4.3 version, makes this easy for major email service providers, especially Google’s prolific GMail.
Setting Up the Account
The best way to get a GMail account streamed to your phone is to create an account before you sync it. Go to Google, and select GMail in the upper left-hand series of options. You will then be given a login in menu that has a near by button asking if you want to start a new account.
After you fill out the opening form with things like setting your email address and posting a security question, you will be given a page with the basic functions of the email account you just set up. At the bottom it will let you go strait to your new email account.
On the Phone
Now, get your phone, and go to the mail option in the bottom task bar next to the phone call option. Go to GMail on the list of email service providers. Now, you will be given a list of information to enter, including name, address, password and a description if you would like.
Once you enter this information, the phone will connect you directly to your email account, including the inbox. From here, you will be able to perform all major functions in your GMail account, including writing emails, checking sent mail, and looking through your trash. Unfortunately more complicated applications, such as using Google Documents, and void from the iPhone version. It does remain limited, but is perfect for email reading and writing. It will even allow you to mark certain email as spam.
From here on out, depending on how you set your email account in the Settings option, you will receive updates from your phone periodically. This does this by checking the account on certain time intervals and then pushing the information on you. Like most things in your phone, this is highly customizable directly to your preferences. These options are only going to grow once the iOS 5 sees its release, where things like searches and navigation will become more involved and useful on your iPhone.