iCloud email review

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  1. LoveMyPens macrumors member

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    Looking for some feedback on iCloud email for those that have been using it for a while. Pros and cons? Thanks in advance for the input.
     
  2. pmontanarella, Dec 29, 2013
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    I've been a long time user (former MobileMe user). As for stability I haven't had any problems with not getting emails or anything... Only issue I faced was when moving a large batch of emails (4000 or so) to another mailbox (folder) at first I couldn't find the emails anywhere, but it just took a few minutes and it was fine again. One thing I do miss from Gmail are the advanced organizational tools such as Labels and Advanced Filters (iCloud has really poor on-server filters known as "Rules").

    As you use it let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll see if I can help :)

    Pietro
     
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    It has been trouble free for me across OS X and iOS devices. Is there a specific concern/question you were curious about?

    I guess the biggest advantage is it uses IMAP, so all your folders are synched across devices.
     
  4. LoveMyPens thread starter macrumors member

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    I used icloud email a little and a couple times I sent emails to my work email and for whatever reason the message never sent. Went to drafts and sent items and nothing there??

    Another concern is if I needed to switch devices would I be able to use icloud email on a windows or android device?

    Thanks.
     
  5. pmontanarella macrumors 6502

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    As it supports IMAP it does work with Android and Windows. On Windows you can also access online at iCloud.com
     
  6. Rigby macrumors 601

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    I had no problems with this when I was using iCloud email.
    Yes you would. However, you would not get push email. This is only possible when using either Gmail or Outlook.com in Exchange mode on Android devices.
     
  7. exi macrumors 6502

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    Another pen fan huh. I used it temporarily awhile back, and am likely switching back again soon.

    Integration with Apple OSes a plus. I like unification/simplicity/minimalism (I use iCloud for my calendars, contacts, etc). Push support for all folders listed as favorites on iOS.

    Bad parts: server-side rules are laughably simple. Going to need a billion of them to approximate what I do in just a few with Gmail.
     
  8. pmontanarella macrumors 6502

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    My biggest complaint! Also sucks that it doesn't "Push update" the unread badge on the icon of the mail app in the background. That's something that Exchange ActiveSync does and sometimes it gets really annoying.

    Pietro
     
  9. LoveMyPens thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes indeed a Pens fan!

    A little confused on what you are currently using... you are likely switching to gmail or icloud?
     
  10. exi macrumors 6502

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    I switched back to iCloud after trying it briefly awhile back.

    Been just fine so far.
     
  11. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020

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    My family all uses iCloud for mail and have for a while now. The service itself is fine. A lot of the quirky things it did in the beginning seemingly have been ironed out. As far as sending and receiving mail goes....it works as expected.

    When someone is thinking about whether or not to use iCloud for mail, they need to figure out first what kind of user they are. Me personally.....I am a very basic user when it comes to my personal email. I only have 6 folders that I use to file away messages I want to keep and only sparingly give out my email address, so the need for heavy spam filtering or lots of server side rules is just not there for me. So taking into account that all of my devices and computers are all made by Apple, using iCloud for mail is a no-brainer for me.

    Now if you are a mail power user who wants to automatically route a lot of volume and have intricate systems for storing mail, then something like Gmail would probably be more up your ally.
     
  12. LoveMyPens thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the feedback!!
     

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