I used gmail before moving over to evernote. I don't need features like limiting results by date, or OCR / image search. The first feature that made me make the transition to evernote, is the search highlighting. For example, if I search for "intitle:java hashmap", evernote will show me results and auto-scroll directly to the word "hashmap" and highlight it in yellow. Gmail doesn't do that. The second feature is the clipping and thumbnail evernote shows. My wife and I have put every recipe we like into evernote, with a pic. We can scroll through the 'recipe' notebook and see nice thumbnails of all our recipes. I would say the third feature is what I call the "sub-searching." I'm not sure that this is a documented feature, because I discovered it quite by accident. If I click on a saved search, let's say, "recipes," then do a search for, say, "chicken," only the "recipes" notes are searched. That is very useful. Gmail doesn't do that either. The fourth feature I love is evernote's awesome export capabilities. If I *did* want to move back to gmail or any other competing app, evernote will export all my stuff (or just selected notes) to XML or HTML. When I transitioned from gmail to evernote, I had to do it by hand. I'm sure there are other little things I'm forgetting, but yeah, gmail does run a distant second to evernote IMHO. YMMV.