As an iPhone owner if you have a Gmail account, then the only way to access Gmail on your iPhone was through the browser, all you needed to do was go to m.gmail.com to get the full Gmail experience including conversation view, search, and more. However that was not the ideal way as IMAP is the best way to access your email from multiple devices (e.g. iPhone or laptop).
So if you were one of those who had petitioned for Gmail IMAP then today is your lucky day as Google has just announced free IMAP for Gmail which will make the user experience to check your emails on your iPhone even more better.
Check out the video of how to setup IMAP on your iPhone in a matter of minutes after the jump.
"IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol.
It is a method of accessing electronic mail or bulletin board messages
that are kept on a (possibly shared) mail server. In other words, it
permits a "client" email program to access remote message stores as if
they were local. For example, email stored on an IMAP server can be
manipulated from a desktop computer at home, a workstation at the
office, and a notebook computer while travelling, without the need to transfer messages or files back and forth between these computers."
When you were using Gmail from the browser you were using POP, which is similar to IMAP but lacks one of the critical features when you are using multiple devices to access your email account: your changes made on other devices aren’t seen in Gmail when you log back in. Instead you are presented with a list of unread mail, and you must re-read and re-sort everything.
With IMAP as you would have figured out from the description will now sync your Inbox across your computer and iPhone instantly and automatically. Whether you read or write your email on your iPhone or on your laptop, changes you make to Gmail will be seen from anywhere you access your inbox.
Check out the video below of how to setup IMAP on your iPhone in a matter of minutes.