Google mail’s features outweigh privacy concerns: Here’s a review of Gmail, which is generally positive.
The privacy debate tends to obscure assessment of other Gmail attributes — namely usability, storage and search. In most of these areas, Google trounces other free e-mail services, including those offered by Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. […]
As for the much-maligned advertisements, I found them to be unobtrusive and well-targeted, just like the text ads that appear alongside Google searches. Google also occasionally provides a list of “related” links to sites and news stories beneath the ads.