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Google's Vanishing Gmail

5:50 PM -- Here's the thing with Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s new Gmail mobile email package, which can be used with a whole raft of smart and not-so-smart handsets: It looks fantastic and works great but damn, I'm tired of downloading it.

I've been testing this Java-based application with my bog-standard RAZR phone. The process seems easy enough. You download the applet for your particular phone, run it, and then load up your Gmail account.

It's a nice interface for simple email conversations that runs fast and is easy to navigate. Everything you could want in a free download in fact.

But I have downloaded this applet to my phone five times now and never been able to find it again after the first -- and last -- boot-up. The phone even informs me that I have the application on my handset when I download a new version, but I can never find it.

There's a definite possibility I'm being ditzy about this and it's somewhere obvious on the phone. But after hours of checking I sure as hell can't find it.

And maybe being ditzy makes me the ideal test subject for this solution, since this is code that anyone could download. After all, If it isn't immediately obvious where to find the application (whether that's Google's fault or a problem with the RAZR or my own ineptitude), then 99 percent of people that want to use it won't download it a second time -- let alone four times in a row.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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