Et tu, Idiot
Unless I am mistaken a 'native application' is an application developed for a specific OS. Therefore a email system for any OS requires two things. A client (or clients) and the relevant server back end. Gmail, Hotmail and the like are webmail services. Webmail is not a OS native application for ANY OS - that is its point, it uses HTTPS and other protocols which most if not all computers can access (even, were you to be that desperate, the CPC6128) - to provide a non-OS-specific email service.
So given that to be the case my argument stands.
Second, RIMs interest in proper security and their synchronization with exchange means that it, and the BB phones are the *only* - yes, thats right, the solitary - phone/tablet system that comes with a built in system native email system in a full featured exchange sync.
It may have escaped people on here but all the symbian 3rd ed phones - right back to the N95 can sync contacts/email/calendar with gmail - using the freeware app 'mail for exchange' - oddly enough thats not mentioned when this site does a review of symbian phones.. funny that, isnt it.
As my new phone I am awaiting a Nokia E5-00 - and oddly enough a phone with 256mb internal memory, and a 600mhz processor can do the same things as an an-drone or iSlave with twice the processing power and a third the battery life (you tell me a an-drone or iSlave phone with 4 day battery life).
There is an old saying which this generation seems to have forgotten "the right tool, for the right job" and as far as secure corporate fondleslabs & phones go RIM is the only choice, and I suspect as a result of this security, that Apple have already lost this battle. Especially if some bright spark has put the same secret tracking tech into the pads as the phones.