Though the vast majority of people use the Standard view on their PCs without question, the HTML version of Gmail has its perks. The stripped-down Gmail experience loads quickly, and users can access it even on very outdated machines or with much slower connections. Its leaner nature makes it useful in situations where the best you can muster is a 3G connection (3G died last year in the US, but still).

Source: Gmails basic HTML view will go to the Google graveyard in 2024

As it should happen, I randomly decided to use HTML Gmail and this article is that I found in my RSS to email service. Ironic!

Modern Gmail has gotten very slow and I hope they focus on instant loading. It takes a very long time to open a mailto link, for example.