An anonymous reader writes "A recent story on Slashdot, Bing Becomes No.2 Search Engine at 4.37%, brought home how powerful and ubiquitous Google has become in our lives. If like me, you use Android and GMail, and search using Google, much of your private life's details are in the hand of one company, admittedly one that has played much nicer with our data than some competitors. In the hope of finding some alternatives, I have been looking (ironically, googling) for recent evaluations of GMail and Google Docs competitors, and found most articles to be two, three, even four years old, with very little from the recent past.
So are there any reliable alternatives to GMail, which do offer something equivalent to GMail labels? What are your preferred alternatives to Google Docs? Any such outlets offer Android integration? iMacPodOrPad integration? How about going the ubergeek route and roll our own?
Very high reliability is a must. Syncronisation across different machines, along with at least limited offline functionality, is a must, too. Possibility for offline backup highly desired. What are your thoughts?"