Which is better HTML or PLAIN text email?

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Unfortunately, not many people know the difference. Most of us are probably sending and receiving formatted HTML email or Rich Text (RTF) without knowing it and HTML emails are ideal if you are sure that your recipients can view them.

Not everybody, who gets HTML email likes it and not everyone, uses an email client that can display HTML HTTP is described and standardized in rfc 1945...

What are the Disadvantageous of HTML emails?

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Different email clients or browsers display HTML message differently. Therefore, not everyone can open and view your content just as you intended it to be. If you only design around Outlook and Internet Explorer you’re ignoring potential viewers with various other clients.

Most of the time standard HTML formats work just fine but will be quite a problem using Flash, iFrames and scripts of any kind–depending on user's clients security settings. Many ISP free mail like “Hotmail” don’t allow Flash, iFrames, scripts, etc., to get though to the recipient and not using those features should be considered seriously....