I wasn't going to post this, but since I haven't posted in a few days I figured I better post something. :)
Thanks to my buddy Cam, I now too have a "GMail" account. The account don't carry as much "geek weight" anymore, as it appears that Google is getting ready to go public, 'cause they're handing out the invitations in huge quantities now. Regardless, I'm part of the geek chic.
I have to say though, after playing around with my account for a few days, I'm not sure what all the buzz is about—besides the full 1GB of storage. I'm not overly impressed w/the user interface (UI.) It does a few things well, but seems klunky and too basic. I love Google's simple layout for their search engine, but that doesn't seem to translate well to their e-mail interface. I feel like there's just a bunch of links thrown about the page. I know this isn't the case, but it just doesn't feel like an application. I'm sure there are people who will favor this approach, but I'm not one of them. I just don't feel the various options have enough presentation seperation to make it clear where your options are. Google's GMail service is still in beta, so we may see some changes—although I don't expect any major changes. I will say this, the pages do load fast.
I still expect Google's e-mail service to take off, just because of the Google name (and the whopping 1GB of storage.)