Accessing Gmail from Nokia S60 Phones


I have recently bought a Nokia S60 smart phone, and have migrated my email to Google Apps. I am now using the Gmail interface to access my emails when I am on my desktop, but I am wondering how I can send/receive emails on my mobile phone.


Well. It is complicated and so far I have no found a perfect solution in my case. There are a few good alternatives, but none works perfectly for me.

Gmail for Mobile

The most natural solution would be Gmail for Mobile from Google. It is a J2ME based application (so it is not native on Nokia S60), however it has probably the best Google integration currently.

What I like about it:

  • It works well -- just like Gmail inside the browser. Sent and received emails are linked together (just like on Gmail). You get your full contact list just like how it works on Gmail. There are lots of very convenient short-cut keys -- just like Gmail!
  • It supports multiple Google accounts. Not a big deal for me but I think it would be for those having a dozen Gmail accounts that need constant monitoring.
  • Good off-line support. You can still read/compose email when you don't have data connection.

What I don't like about it:

  • Slow. J2ME-kinda-slow. With Google's focus now on Android, I doubt a native Symbian/S60 executable will be released.
  • Buggy. Crashed on me a few times. There are also some bugs that prevent me from sending/replying emails. Currently I have two domains associated with my Google Apps account, and in Gmail I sent up to receive from both. However I cannot reply emails if it's sent to my additional domain -- it will say something about the connection problem.

Currently I have Gmail for Mobile bound to my "Message Key" on my Nokia E71.

Nokia Messaging

Nokia Messaging is a push-email-like service provided by Nokia, and currently they are offering free trial and it allows you to manage up to 10 email addresses/accounts.

What I like about Nokia Messaging:

  • Pretty responsive due to being a native executable. Good message listing view. Very concise message view.
  • Very flexible sync options to provide you a push-email like experience.
  • Good integration with the rest of the system. For example home screen notifications. Contacts. Etc.

What I don't like about Nokia Messaging:

  • Sync chews battery. A lot. It also chews through your data usage, which can be costly.
  • Not Gmail-enough. While it claims full Gmail support, I don't get conversation view between sender and receivers. Label obviously does not work.
  • Delete emails from Nokia Messaging actually does not delete that email from Gmail, but move to "All Mails" instead. It should have used IMAP command to move it to the Trash for deletion. So I ended up have to go back to the desktop version to delete all the unwanted emails.

Another issue -- who knows how much Nokia is going to charge this?


There are of course other free solutions. Default Nokia email client? Use mobile browser version of Gmail? I don't think either have provided me the functionality of either Nokia Messaging or Gmail for Mobile.

Any other suggestion?