Here’s my new favorite thing: Gmail Browser.
It supports Gmail’s built-in shortcuts - well, mostly - I’ve found that in some instances, keyboard input appears to stop working and I have to resort to clicking. But that’s happened in other browsers too.
Gmail might have been suffering some downtime problems in the last week or so, which makes me hesitant to return to it full-time. But I still check a couple of Gmail accounts about once a week, and Gmail Browser makes the job that little bit more pleasant.
One thing that doesn’t work in Gmail Browser is Google Documents & Spreadsheets, but not because of any fault of its own. It’s just that Docs & Spreads does not fully support WebKit yet. Google’s little explanatory note about this is entertaining:
If you are working to fix problems with a specific browser and would like to bypass this check, just add
&browserok=trueto the end of the Google Docs & Spreadsheets URL. Please note that it is a violation of intergalactic law to use this parameter under false pretences, so don’t let us catch you at it. And, it won’t work very well — really.