Gmail is your one stop shop when it comes to email. With its free 6GB of storage and their excellent spam filtering, you can't go wrong. What also makes Gmail pop is the Firefox Browser. If you're not using it, you should be. It's more secure than IE and it has a ton of add-ons which is what really makes it the best browser out there. With Gmail you can receive all your other email accounts in one location. You can set up folders to distribute those emails and keep them separate from your Gmail inbox. You can also set up Gmail to send emails from all your external accounts. So if you want to send an email from your Yahoo, Hotmail or AOL account you can do all of it from Gmail by simply clicking on the from tab when composing a new message.
If you're not familiar with POP Forwarding you will have to go to the setting page of your other email account and enable it. (Instructions for Forwarding Yahoo, AOL,)
To email from another account, setup is easy. All you have to do is enter the email account you want to add and Gmail will send you a verification email to that account. Click on the link or simply enter the code to that account and you're done. Now you can control all your email in one centralized location. No more going all over the place. Another great thing is that you can set up your work account and email from it at home.
Another advantage to Gmail is the versatility of the email address. Let's say you have a folder in your Gmail account that's labeled Work Stuff and your address is firstname.lastname@example.org . To make items go directly into that folder just email it to email@example.com. Also it doesn't matter if your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com it still will go to your account. One more tip that saves some time.