The Pros and Cons of Boomerang for Gmail

I have a greeting card for Sophia, whose birthday will be August 18. It will be too early to send the card to her now, so I want to schedule Gmail and send email to Sophia on her birthday automatically.

Since Gmail doesn’t allow you to schedule email itself, I try to find a third-party application to do that, and then I come across Boomerang for Gmail, which works for Firefox and Chrome browsers.

Before scheduling Sophia’s email, I test Boomerang for Gmail by sending emails to myself, and find out that there are some benefits as well as drawbacks.

I. Pros

The biggest benefit of Boomerang for Gmail is that you can schedule Gmail.

1. You can read your inbox email at any future time.

Boomerang for Gmail read later

If you like, you can schedule the particular time when you want to read or respond to an inbox email, which will disappear at once and reappear in the scheduled time.

2. You can send your draft email at any time in the future.

Boomerang for Gmail

Boomerang for Gmail is easy for you to send emails later automatically.

3. There is no other message attached in the schedule email.

Boomerang for Gmail correct

Boomerang for Gmail won’t add any information in your email, you will send what you write only.

II. Cons

Although the benefits of Boomerang for Gmail are functional, its drawbacks are also obvious.

1. There are mistakes when there is an attachment.

Boomerang for Gmail

I just attach one txt file in the draft email, but there will be two attachments in the sent email, and what is more, the email body is gone.

2. Boomerang for Gmail is not stable

Boomerang for Gmail

I have tested Boomerang for Gmail 4 times with the same attachment, and there is only one correct email which looks same as the draft.

So I dare not use Boomerang for Gmail to send email to Sophia at last, and in fact, I stop use Boomerang for Gmail any more until it is updated.

Update:

For the cons mentioned in this post, Matt from Boomerang for Gmail has an update claim:

I will be first to admit that our product had some problems during our beta period, but we’ve made a ton of fixes since you tried the product last August (including seamless attaching and complete stability!). We are now out of beta and the product works perfectly.

So, it’s a better time to use Boomerang for Gmail now.

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12 Comments

  1. Posted August 17, 2010 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    Hi Young,

    This is Moah from Baydin. First of all, thanks so much for your post. We saw your post and duplicated the issue. And it was an issue happening for .txt files and not for the other file types.

    We have made a fix for this and it will be ready for our next release. We are still in beta for this reason; to continually improve our product with feedback from the user! Thank you for the feedback and trying out Boomerang!

    Moah

  2. Young
    Posted August 17, 2010 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    @Moah Nice to hear that you have mad a fix for the problem, Boomerang for Gmail is a great product and I am looking forward to its update.

  3. Posted January 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Thanks much for this post. I too am just trying out Boomerang for the first time and this is helpful for me to know what issues to look for. Hopefully by now these bugs have been fixed.

  4. Posted January 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Same as Jeff above, just about to try it out and was looking for any problems that people were having. Impressive brand monitoring by the company with Moah’s response.

  5. Nikhil
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    No attachment = no problem ?

  6. Young
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    @Nikhil In this situation, no attachment=problem.

  7. Michelle
    Posted July 15, 2011 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    And now they are charging! Can send 10 emails for free then you need to pay for the service.

  8. Young
    Posted July 15, 2011 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    @Michelle Thanks for sharing this information with us!

  9. concerned
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    To be fair to boomerang you should put mention at the top of your post that these bugs are no longer happening.

  10. double-concerned
    Posted September 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    To be fair to us, boomerang shouldn’t have deceived us into thinking this was a completely free service. It is still worth it to get 10/month, but it doesn’t give me a warm and fuzzy feeling about company ethics.

  11. Nicholas
    Posted September 20, 2011 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    I disagree with the remarks about how great Boomerang is. I scheduled an email to go out and it did not, in fact, deliver. I checked my sent mail…it wasn’t there. I had one email in drafts, which I normally keep clean. There was an empty email with no subject, body or recipient…could that have been my scheduled email? The answer…probably who knows? I’m super disappointed because I really needed that email to go out at its scheduled time. Totally unreliable. Mac user

  12. Abijah Gupta
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    Maybe it’s happening only with me, but I have recieved 2 emails sent to me, late.
    The problem?

    I got it exact 8 days after the original sent date.

    The second time, I got the email after 5 days.

    I don’t really know what’s going on. Maybe a boomerang bug or maybe some other reason.

    This never ever happened before. Only after I started using Boomerang.