Joined: Sep 24, 2006
Posts: > 500
From: GMT +2
Welcome to esato!
I still use my P1i to this day and I also use gmail on my phone. I do not experience any of those issues with my phone, the previously downloaded emails do not get wiped out but the new one are added onto the old ones. I also don't have the problem of being unable to receive when the phone is downloading, in fact the call barred symbol never shows up.
What are your email configurations?
It's not what you do or even how you do it but in what state of mind you do it: Dups! 2009