Why get an iCloud email?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by GovtLawyer, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. GovtLawyer macrumors 6502

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    I may be missing something. I have around ½ dozen different email accounts; AOL, TWC/Road Runner, my web site, etc. Emails are always delivered to my computer and IOS devices. I can have them pushed or retrieve them manually. To what advantage would I also get an iCloud email? I can use iCloud for syncing my devices; but why a separate email?
     
  2. verwon macrumors 68030

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    If you don't want to use one, then don't. It's not really complicated.
     
  3. LoganT macrumors 68020

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    Some might think iCloud looks a lot nicer than Gmail.
     
  4. haruhiko macrumors 68040

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    Just to secure my favourite username on me.com to prevent it from being taken :p
     
  5. boomhower macrumors 68000

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    I needed an excuse to get a new email. I have been using the same email since college and it's way past time to get something more professional. Current one isn't anything bad but I'm tired of explaining what it means. Now it's lastname.firstame@me.com Pretty self explanatory. I'm actually surprised it was available as I have an extremely common name.
     
  6. GovtLawyer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks

    Your answer was a tad bit snippy. I know had a choice; didn't need you to tell me that.

    Apple introduces a new service in which all of my devices can be kept in sync. They also ask me, at the same time I set the service up, if I want their email address. It shouldn't be a stretch for anyone to wonder if there is a necessary connection between the two.

    The next time you decide to help someone out, try doing it with a less condescending attitude.
     
  7. Surf Monkey macrumors 68020

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    I secured my favorite username way back when it was called iTools.
     
  8. Theraker007 macrumors regular

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  9. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a

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    Is that you, John Smith?
     
  10. boomhower macrumors 68000

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    Not quite that common but close. I am in a medium sized industry and at least thirteen others in my state in my field with the same level of access as me have the same name because my login ends in 13, there are likely more.
     
  11. dyn macrumors 68030

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    Erm, re-read your own question: you are asking everybody else why you'd want such an address. To me that comes across that you didn't know you have a choice, especially since you list a lot of services you have. That comes across as desperately trying to fit in and register with any service there is.

    The point is that you are asking others to do something only you can: decide if it is useful to you or not. If you check out apple.com/icloud you get all the information about what it is and why someone would want iCloud. Some people use it for everything it offers, some only for email, calendar and addressbook (like me). Some don't use it because they have Gmail or some Exchange account. Again, you are the only one who can decide if it offers you something or nothing. Checking out apple.com is the best place for making that decision.

    From what I recall you can get more information about that in that particular screen. You can skip that part but this isn't very obvious. To users it seems that you have to use iCloud for it to work while in fact you don't. Apple should imo make that more clear in that screen. It is the same thing as with the OS X setup and the AppleID and registration (you can skip both but it is not clear that you can to the user). This is just one of the ways of getting people to use iCloud.

    Next time try not to take everything as something offending. In this case there really was no attitude whatsoever. The way you are reacting now makes others very reluctant to helping you out.
     
  12. tenshu2k macrumors member

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    I prefer my iCloud alias to my gmail address.
     
  13. verwon macrumors 68030

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    Nope!
     
  14. verwon macrumors 68030

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    Thank you!
     
  15. FPP777 macrumors newbie

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    I currently have a Verizon email address. If I move in the near future to a place that does not have Verizon service, I will have to change my email address. If I do, I will switch to my me.com address and never have to worry about it again.
     
  16. chemistry76 macrumors member

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    I am curious if there are any hidden benefits of iCloud email over gmail as well. For example, using iCloud to sync contacts gives you more "relationship" fields - thus allowing far better integration with Siri. iCloud Calendar gives you more alarms per event.

    Using mac products with other mac products has always pleasantly surprised me with the hidden features that pop up. After using a PC since I was a child, I recently went Mac. Upon syncing my iPhone to a mac, the photo app opened up a host of new features - from events to faces. I was amazed.

    I am curious if I am missing something in email by staying with my gmail account which I have had for years. I have switched everything else over to iCloud, but I am afraid I am missing something on email.

    Anyone have any insight into this? Thanks.
     
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  18. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    Some people have been around since .Mac or gasp even iTools:p

    It is much cleaner than Gmail and I've been using it since MobileMe, so why not? Also it works without any configuration on my iPhone and it's a free PUSH E-Mail account.
     
  19. steve-p macrumors 68000

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    I only created one so I can sync notes with iCloud and edit them in a browser at work as well as on the iPhone or Mac. I won't be using it for actual email.
     
  20. TLewis macrumors 65816

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    For now, gmail seems better. Gmail gives you much better searching and much better filtering. In fact, with gmail, you can control which pushed email messages interrupt you (while all messages appear to be pushed, you can control which ones make a sound/appear in the notification center). While you can do something similar with icloud, it's ugly -- you basically have to move messages out of your inbox and into some undesirable folder.

    If you use the web interface, gmail's interface tends to be a LOT snappier than icloud, which is slow and clunky.

    Also, with google calendar, you can get reminder notifications via email or sms (even on the ipad with the right app), and you can add a lot more than two.
     
  21. GR33NIE macrumors 6502

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    No point for me either tbh, used Yahoo! email for years and will continue to use it, no storage limit for starters!
     
  22. synagence macrumors 6502a

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    iCloud gives more fields in contacts some of which then don't play well when trying to export to places like google but for me i like having the flexibility and adding extra info.
     
  23. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, is that you?

     
  24. DocMarlor macrumors member

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    I also like the looks of @me.com as opposed to @gmail.com. I guess it's just personal preference whether or not you have an iCloud email.
     
  25. FloridaMac macrumors regular

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    I won't use it unless they get the issue fixed where it will delete messages across all devices. That's the only thing keeping me from using it. I use everything else in icloud.
     

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