So, they added the ability to shrink the left sidebar and added the product integration on the right. In return for these, I get a huge DEAD space between my left sidebar and the inbox when the left sidebar is expanded. On top of that, there is way too much padding around the labels. Not sure I like that waste of screen real estate. In the attached screenshot, it shows the comparison of old vs new. Unfortunately, it also removes my calendar from the left side as well without a way (that I have seen so far) to move it back (also in the screenshot).
There's a much better calendar on your right now.
As a fix, one can use Stylish, Stylebot or some other similar Chrome extension to personalize the new Gmail look according to one's needs. On the plus side, it would be fun and help you make Gmail more like 'your' Gmail!
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