Arguments over which email service is best can get as heated as which browser comes out on top. Mobile email clients aside, Gmail and Outlook are still higher on the list than Yahoo Mail when it comes to usage. But, Yahoo is still pushing to improve their mail service with backend optimizations, enhanced features, and the new paid ad-free Yahoo Mail Pro.
Are Yahoo’s efforts fruitless? Will their attempts gain them more users? For most, it comes down to what Yahoo New Mail has to offer as opposed to classic Yahoo Mail and how the new version compares with other services. So, let’s explore how Yahoo New Mail compares to the wildly-used Gmail.
Classic Yahoo Mail vs. New Mail
First things first, we’ll take a look at classic Yahoo Mail versus their New Mail. The most obvious difference is the appearance.
Classic Yahoo Mail
Yahoo New Mail
At first glance, you will see a few things that stand out in Yahoo New Mail:
- Wider top navigation includes links to other Yahoo apps within a button (just like Gmail) rather than across the very top.
- Buttons for Messenger, Contacts, Calendar, and Notepad are now on the right. The Settings button has been moved here as well.
- The Compose email option is a large blue button.
- A Views section has been added to the left-hand navigation that includes Photos, Documents, and a few other items we will explore later.
- An overall less-cluttered look and feel.
These may not be huge changes, but they do give Yahoo Mail a more modern appearance. And you can quickly identify which version of Yahoo Mail you are using.
Of course, with a “new mail” premise comes new features. Here is a brief list of offerings that Yahoo New Mail has that classic Yahoo Mail does not:
- Views section for message and item organization
- Better responsiveness and stability
- Different themes
On the flip side, Yahoo New Mail is lacking in some features that classic Yahoo Mail still offers and here is a list of those (as of this writing).
- Saving your searches
- Automatically forwarding emails
- Advanced options for attachments
- Recent views
Another difference in features between Yahoo New Mail and classic Yahoo Mail is regarding Messenger, Contacts, and similar items.
In classic Yahoo Mail, Messenger opens in a convenient popup window. This meanss you never have to leave your inbox to chat. But in Yahoo New Mail, Messenger opens in its own new tab.
Also, even if you use Yahoo New Mail, your Calendar, Contacts, and Notepad still open in classic Yahoo Mail. So, when you click one of those buttons, a new tab will open displaying the item in the old mail version.
For most, these feature differences are more significant than the appearance differences. This is especially true for those who will lose features using Yahoo New Mail. If losing a specific feature is unacceptable, you can switch back to classic Yahoo Mail:
- Click the Settings (gear icon) button in the top-right corner.
- Click the Switch to classic mail link at the bottom of the popup window.
- Select a reason and enter a comment. You must do this to move forward.
- Click the Switch back to classic Mail.
Gmail vs. Yahoo New Mail Features
Message options are pretty standard for both with font formatting, file attachments, and emojis. As are things like sorting your inbox, starring messages, and archiving emails.
Here are just some of the other differences and similarities based on the new features offered in Yahoo New Mail.
With Gmail, you can choose from Comfortable, Cozy, or Compact for your view. This basically changes the density of your inbox (the spacing between messages). You can also select an inbox style that displays important, unread, or starred emails first along with a priority inbox option.
Yahoo New Mail offers three different layouts: List, Right, and Bottom as well as Small, Medium, or Large message spacing. This gives you more flexibility. If you like Gmail’s list view, you can switch to it in Yahoo. But if you prefer to see your email list on the left and individual message selections on the right, for example, you’ll want Yahoo.
Both Gmail and Yahoo New Mail give you simple ways to personalize the look and feel with Themes.
In Gmail, click Settings > Themes > Set Theme to view your options. Pick a photo, upload one of your own, or just use a bit of color.
In Yahoo New Mail, click Settings to see your options. Then, pick your theme and a Light, Medium, or Dark appearance. Unfortunately, it does not look like you can upload your own photo at this time.
Gmail provides tabs at the top for Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums. You can add and remove these categories, except for Primary. But they are helpful because Gmail automatically pops your messages into them as they arrive.
- Primary is your main area for person-to-person emails.
- Social contains messages from social media sites and dating services.
- Promotions holds deals, sales, and marketing emails.
- Updates is for automatic emails you receive like confirmations and statements.
- Forums is there for discussion group and message board emails.
Yahoo New Mail organizes your messages a little differently with its Views feature. This area is in your left-hand navigation with your folders. Views categorizes your emails using Photos, Documents, Travel, and Coupons. However, Yahoo does this in another way and it does not appear that you can remove categories in Views at this time.
- Photos and Documents hold those two types of items when you receive them via email.
- Travel includes tabs for Upcoming and Past flights, plus an Emails area for all travel-related messages.
- Coupons provides you with just that: coupons for stores from your messages, all in one spot.
Category and Feature Winners
The features listed so far compare what is offered in the enhanced Yahoo Mail called Yahoo New Mail with what currently exists in Gmail as a counterpart feature. But would it be fair to choose a winner without looking at unchanged features?
Yes, Yahoo New Mail is a new and improved email service. However, many features from the classic version carry over and remain the same. How do those compare to what Gmail offers? Let’s see if there is a clear winner in each category.
Yahoo New Mail lets you create filters for incoming emails based on who they are from or to, who is copied, what is in the subject line or in the email body. You can then have those messages automatically moved to a folder. Helpful? Of course. But Gmail gives you more.
Gmail filters are one of the service’s most robust features. Not only can you filter with the options Yahoo offers, but you can also filter by if there is an attachment, the size (greater or less than) of the attachment, and eliminate chat conversations from the filter. In addition, you can mark, categorize, label, star, forward, or delete emails with the criteria you select.
It’s also important to note that classic Yahoo Mail provides a fast option to “filter emails like this” from the More (three-dot icon) menu on your message. Unfortunately, Yahoo New Mail does not.
Add-Ons and Extensions
Gmail has a marketplace that lets you use add-ons to connect helpful services like Trello, QuickBooks, and Asana. Granted, you will not find hundreds of add-ons for Gmail, but for Yahoo there are zero.
Labels and Tags
If you are a Gmail power user, then you already know about the convenient Label feature. You can create and edit labels so that incoming emails are tagged for things like Work, Bills, or Blogs. This is a terrific feature for organizing messages and quick glances at your inbox for specific emails.
Surprisingly, Yahoo New Mail does not offer a label or tag feature and neither does the classic version. You can move a message into folder, and as mentioned above, do so automatically using a filter, or you can star a message. But sadly, marking an email in your inbox with tag is apparently still not an option.
Mobile Email Apps
Both Gmail and Yahoo offer mail apps for mobile devices for free. The exception is the new Yahoo Mail Pro which is a paid app just like the online service.
The apps are responsive, offer similar features, and are simple to use. Gmail offers quick replies which are convenient when responding to messages. On the other hand, Yahoo Mail offers Smart Views to easily see your Photos, Documents, and Travel items, similar to the website Views.
So, when it comes to which is better on your mobile device, this one is honestly a matter of preference.
Gmail vs. Yahoo New Mail: What’s Your Pick?
Now it’s your turn to weigh in. Are any of the Yahoo New Mail features enticing enough to turn you into a new user or even a returning one? Better yet, have you decided it’s time to switch to Yahoo New Mail from Gmail or even Outlook?
Maybe Yahoo’s track record of security issues is enough to steer you clear of their mail service for life. Or perhaps you are willing to give it another try to check out their new offerings.
If you decide to stick with Gmail, take a look at these lightweight Gmail tools to help you do more with your mail.