I am not sure what is going on between Symbian S60 devices and Gmail, but I am not having fun. In recent times (several months in view), I have had consistently bad experiences with Nokia’s S60 devices, namely the E90 and the E75, with regards the use of Gmail.
It is like a game of cat-and-mouse. First, on the E90 communicator, once Gmail is setup, the messaging application simply goes into a comatose state. Getting anything done on it becomes next to impossible. My corporate mail works without issues, but once Gmail is configured…..
Installing Nokia Messaging seemed to help at first, and things went smoothly for just a while. Thereafter, the email application started acting like a possessed creature, and eventually went comatose again.
The E75, a much newer device, gave me the very same issues. Actually, this singular problem with Gmail informed my selling it just about a month after purchase. This is an official statement from Nokia on the issue:
We are aware of a Nokia Messaging issue that’s currently impacting Gmail and Google Apps email accounts. The problem is that sometimes email synchronizes to the device after a significant delay. Email synchronization will eventually resume automatically, but there’s currently no workaround available at this time. We are actively investigating this issue, and we are trying to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconveniences this issue may cause.
26-Aug-2009 07:57 PM
Source: Nokia Support Discussions: E75 reports (no messages) with Nokia Messaging Gmail account
To make matters worse, the built-in S60 browser on the E90 won’t load the Gmail webmail interface or its mobile version. So, here I am holding a smartphone that costs over N80, 000 on the market but can’t access Gmail on it at all.
Now, check this. My wife’s dumbphone, a pink Sony Ericsson W595, handles Gmail without any issues whatsoever! Is this sort of thing supposed to be happening? High-end smartphones acting dumb, and mid-tier dumbphones acting smart?
In order not to be unfair to smartphones in general, may I add that Gmail works flawlessly on all Android and Windows Mobile smartphones that I have used or tried out. This seems to be strictly a Symbian problem.
What am I supposed to think of all this?