Is iCloud email worth it?

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  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    Not sure whether to stop using my longstanding Gmail account and create an iCloud. 95% of the time I use the Mail app on the iPhone instead of viewing Gmail through a web browser or even the Gmail app.
     
  2. wolfaaron macrumors regular

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    Google spends a lot of resources on Gmail so it will be around as long as email exists. It dedicates a lot of time on it as well so it will always be reliable. Apples iCloud email is still fairly new compared to Gmail so it might not stand the test of time.

    Personally it's not worth it to me because of its price and because apple has rebranded it so many times.
     
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Gmail has existed since 2004.

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    iCloud was mobile me which was @mac before that was launched in 2002 tho itools existed before that.
     
  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Why not keep the Gmail account active (just in case you really need it) and create the iCloud address?

    I have both accounts but, I primarily use iCloud out of convenience with my Apple ecosystem.
     
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Sure, it lets me read my e-mail, lets me delete it, lets me archive it, and I haven't got too much spam so far.
     
  6. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    Not for me. I mainly use my Gmail accounts, one that's personal and one my school gave me. My iCloud email is just for iTunes spam pretty much.

    My understanding was that the iCloud email was just part of having an Apple ID. You can use it or ignore it. It's free unlike Mobile Me.
     
  7. Jstuts5797 macrumors 6502a

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    Someone above mentioned icloud email costing money. However I have an iCloud email and it doesn't cost me a dime.
     
  8. Fzang macrumors 65816

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    You can just forward all emails from Gmail to iCloud.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    I've had my @mac email address since the free iTool days. I'm happy with how it works, and my email address. If I go for a gmail account now, it will have to be something like mikeflynn121964 because every other variation of my name is already taken.

    The only alternative I suppose is to use my own domain, but I've been using iCloud for so long, it would be a pain to change it now - plus I see no reason
     
  10. AGX macrumors regular

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    iCloud Mail is not reliable as Gmail and Outlook. Some time iCloud Mail lost email....
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    I've not had that issue, based on my interactions with family and friends, I get all my emails.
     
  12. freemannnn macrumors member

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    Is iCloud email worth it?

    Gmail is general. Icloud mail means that you are bond to apple. If you ever want to change device to android or windows phone maybe this is a problem.
    Also gmail features are much more than icloud email. Take a look at settings of both accounts.
     
  13. Macxpress macrumors newbie

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    Gmail also tracks your every move, gives up emails to authorities, etc. I wouldn't touch ANY Google product with a 10ft pole.

    You can easily use iCloud email on non-apple devices. There are many articles that explain how to do this. Below is just one example. You are in no way "bonded" to Apple if you have and use an iCloud email address.
    Link

    iCloud email works perfect. I've never had any issues with iCloud email at all. Plus it works brilliantly with iCloud itself (Obviously!)
     
  14. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 68040

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    I never had any issues with Mobileme either. I was surprised to hear that people were having issues. I've had way more issues with the iCloud email and calendaring functions. WAY more.

    As far as spam: Out of all the email accounts that I have had, the iCloud account was the worst hit by spam, and took the longest to stop. And along the way I found out that 'rules' in iCloud and the mail app are so much more tenuous than 'guidelines' that they are almost useless. I setup several rules to automatically send spam to the spam@icloud.com address, and it almost never worked properly. And I say 'almost' because I can't confirm that it ever didn't work, but it looks like it never happened.

    I've got Hotmail, and somewhere a gmail address, and a Yahoo address as well, but I only use the iCloud and Hotmail addresses. And yes, I am probably one of a half dozen that actually pays for Hotmail.

    I was treated like a pariah at a tech conference when I admitted to paying for Hotmail. It works for me, and it's cheap.

    But anyway...

    Is iCloud email worth it?

    It works like a champ for my nearly 80 year-old mother. Don't knock 'easy'. I hated her Yahoo email account as it seemed to be always on the fritz, and she was always calling me panicked that she 'broke Apple' or 'crashed Yahoo' or broke her computer...
     
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    This hasn't been my case at all. In the years that I have had an Apple email address I can only remember getting a spam email once in over 10 years.

    Now my hotmail account... its about 95% spam. Its filters are awful. I have a gmail account but don't use it.
     
  17. Rigby macrumors 601

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    iCloud occasionally seems to silently discard mails that it considers spam. Here's a confirmed example that several people were able to reproduce:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=20285928
     
  18. sanke1 macrumors 65816

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    With GMail, you can change between various ecosystems like iOS, Android and WP with ease. With iCloud, you must use an iDevice to access your email. If you don't have an iDevice, then you need a full PC or an iMac to access iCloud through web browser as many mobile browsers do not support it fully.

    So using iCloud is just a pain in the arse.
     
  19. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 68040

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    See, and my experience has been the exact opposite.

    I, foolishly, went to a site hacked by Anonymous on my iPad, and next thing I know I'm getting BOMBARDED with spam, to the tune of 3 or 4 a minute! It lasts like that for nearly tree days. I then started getting aggressive and sending the messages to the spam email address and setup some rules, and it took over two months for the messages to stop. Two months of harassment. I still occasionally get a message. The truly odd thing is that the messages appeared to have stopped. I have nothing in my junk folders at all. I wonder, after hearing about messages being disappeared from the Apple system, if they are being disappeared, and if anything else is ending up like that. IOW: It's OK if they are disappeared, I just feel ill at ease knowing that people have had stuff 'disappear' before.

    And yet, somehow, my 'sacrificial' Hotmail address stays really pretty much spam free...

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    You have to take the good with the bad. Apple says that they don't read my email, and won't turn it over to 'authorities', and yet I can envision Google 'employees' reading, and laughing, at my messages and forwarding them to Ford only knows...
     
  20. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    This is what I do. I have an iCloud and Gmail email. If I sm using an iPhone i just forward my gmail account to iCloud.
     
  21. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    I use my gmail account for junk mail and iCloud for stuff that matters.
     
  22. Prabas macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't use it if I didn't have MyName@me.com address, or at least @me.com domain, because I hate @icloud.com. I guess I'd go with Gmail then.
     
  23. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I've been using Apple's mail since the @mac.com days and I've never had an experience of unreliability. I've also used Gmail since it was beta and I've had experiences of unreliability with it a few times.

    It wasn't much to get me all worked up over, but in comparison, Apple's mail service has been the better one for me.
     
  24. AGX macrumors regular

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    In conclusion seem that iCloud is a good choice.

    There is the possibility to obtain a @me.com account ?
     
  25. pat park macrumors 6502a

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    I've never had any spam issues with my iCloud account.

    Gmail? spam city baby. But the spam filter Google created works like it's supposed to.
     

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