Despite what people have been saying Nokia must have improved the built in email client of the new E series devices. I’ve been using the E66 and have set up the email client to use imap with gmail and it’s worked perfect for the last week. The idle works as it should, it sits there waiting for new mail and the server when it receives mail pushes out to the client.
I switched to using the N95 email client yesterday and that has the newer settings but it doesn’t do idle correctly. This evening I’ve swapped over to my E61i and that has the old settings still and doesn’t do idle at all, it didn’t even check with the server in the 5 minute intervals I set.
This is shockingly bad implementation of imap from Nokia and with gmail now offering imap and Apple flaunting imap as the real push email solution Nokia needs to fix this in the firmware release for the current phones. They obviously can do it and have done so with the E66, but they need to fix it on the not so new devices.
So if you haven’t got a new e-series, forget imap and go with exchange, if you’ve got a new e-series dump exchange and go with idle and manage a single inbox…goodnight.