After a well publicised false start at the beginning of the month, Google have re-launched their Gmail app for iOS, and it is rather good.

The Gmail app for iPhone and iPad (and iPod Touch) is now available in the App Store, having had a major bug fix that spoiled a launch earlier this month. For those of you with an iPhone or iPad it is well worth downloading and a big improvement on the current method of saving a home screen bookmark to quickly access your Gmail account.  The interface is cleaner and easier to use, and it uses the full capabilities of iOS4 to offer better touchscreen features and notifications (if you want to switch them on).

Features listed on the Google blog post include:

  • Get alerted to new messages with push notifications and sounds
  • Find an email in seconds with search across your entire inbox
  • Upload photos with a click using the new attachment button in compose view
  • On iPad, navigate your inbox and read your mail simultaneously with split view
  • Focus on your important messages first with Priority Inbox
  • Quickly scan countless emails on the same subject with threaded conversations
  • Organize your mail by archiving, labelling, starring, deleting and reporting spam

We’ve not had time to give it a full workout yet, but it’s well worth a download for Apple users out there… now Google, how about a Google Docs app?

If you’re an Android user you can already download a Gmail app and a Google Docs app from the Android Market.