Related services were also affected, such as autocomplete when typing in email addresses, the chat protocol and more. The issues have already largely been resolved, though the problem itself spanned a considerable length of time -- several hours -- with no acknowledgment by Google. A terse message from Google on the Apps Status Dashboard indicates that everything is under control as of a little over an hour ago.
Is it fair to shine a spotlight on every problem Gmail suffers? All providers experience issues now and again. If Gmail wasn't so widely-used, attention wouldn't be called to the occasional interruption. Given Google's reputation, the high level of critique their services receive is probably a compliment -- it demonstrates the interest people have for the company's products.