Have a nice evening and thank you both for the welcome and encouragement!
Apple has not done anything to make the service less capable or reliable on the iPad. Google's response to removing Maps and YouTube integration in iOS was to make better Maps and YouTube apps for the iPad. It's actually what they wanted, since Apple's integrated apps did not let Google collect the information they wanted. Despite all the dire predictions that Apple would spitefully block these apps, that hasn't happened. In fact, a lot of Android fans have complained because iOS devices often receive updated and nicer looking apps first.
GMail works fine on the iPad. There are a few minor issues, like GMail insisting on saving all emails regardless of what choices you make on the iPad, but it's not a big deal. The Calendar and Contacts syncing is as good or better than Yahoo.
If it were just those three things, I'd say there was no real advantage between Gmail and Yahoo; however there are additional hooks and services possible with GMail that you can't do on Yahoo. Some of this is Google Drive, some is because Google offers an API that lets third party developers do things with the Google account.
Yahoo is currently my disposable account, the one I keep just because I already have it. GMail is my second account, for non-personal stuff. An account I can delete if I have to. My main account is iCloud. But the reason for that is because I've had it the longest. It's the email address all my relatives know and my important accounts are set up with. And, of course, being mostly Apple products, it offers a few extras you can't take advantage of in a mixed environment.
All in all, I'd say give both accounts a workout for a while, exploring and seeing what you can and can't do, and the interface you like best. Then start using the one you like, but keep the second around just in case.
Last edited by twerppoet; 09-12-2013 at 10:51 PM.
Informative and interesting, thanks for taking time to post that. I've attempted to migrate from my Yahoo calendar to Google, since our school district is all Googly now it seems. HowEVER, I find the Google calendar user interface very klunky (using it on the web not app). The layout of the options seems illogical and not intuitive. So I suppose I could just say forget both Yahoo and Google calendars and use the iCloud calendar, but then I wonder if it would seamlessly handle exports/imports to/fro the school's Google calendar....?
Can anyone weigh in on this? And is there an overview of iCloud's calendar features? Ideally I want to color code events-- maybe use up to 5-6 colors.
Many thanks in advance.
If your school is using Google calendars, and you need compatibility, then I suggest you stick with Google calendars. While import/export is possible to some extent, it's never going to be 100% reliable. If you find the web interface unpalatable, there are a multitude of app for both the iPad and computers that will sync with Google Calendars. One is bound to appeal.
Both Google and iCloud support multiple calendars, and the calendars can be in different colors (up to 7 in the Calendar app on the iPad). In iOS 6 tap the Calendar button at the top left, tap Edit, and then create a new calendar. You can also change the calendar colors here. In the past I've had some trouble with Google changing the colors on me. I don't know if that is still true.
In order to color code events, you simply assign them to the color calendar you want.
If you are considering upgrading to iOS 7 (from your comments I'm guessing you have not done so yet) be prepared for some major changes in the Calendar app. A lot of people less than happy with the new look and layout, though the capabilities remain about the same. Hold in mind that you can always get a third party calendar app. Many of them will sync with iCloud, and more will sync with Google.
A good overview of the Calendar app can be had in the iPad User Guide for iOS. It's free in the iBook Store. Make sure you get the one for the iOS version you are using.