Your Favorite Email - iCloud vs Gmail vs Outlook vs Yahoo vs FastMail vs Custom

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Photography, Nov 15, 2014.


Which of the following do you think is the best email service?

  1. iCloud (also includes and

    29 vote(s)
  2. Gmail

    26 vote(s)
  3. (also includes and

    15 vote(s)
  4. Yahoo

    2 vote(s)

    3 vote(s)
  6. Custom Domain (for example, your own business domain or personal domain)

    8 vote(s)
  7. Other (specify the email service)

    5 vote(s)
  1. Photography, Nov 15, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2014

    Photography macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    There are hundreds of email services out there. Vote on your favorite email service, and also that you use as your primary personal email address. Discuss why you voted for what you did.

    Among the choices (in no particular order):

    • iCloud (also includes and
    • Gmail
    • (also includes and
    • Yahoo
    • Custom Domain (for example, your own business domain or personal domain)
    • Other (specify the email service)
  2. exi macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2012
    None of them is "best." Just a matter of what you want.

    iCloud: great integration with Apple products. Potentially not as reliable; silent filtering seems to still be a problem for a minority of users.

    Gmail: reliable and with the most powerful filters available. No ActiveSync for free users on newer devices like we all used to have. UI a plus/minus depending on your perspective; ActiveSync available, which is nice.

    And so on.

    Used Gmail for many years. Went back and forth between it and iCloud for awhile. Currently using iCloud because I am a minimalist, and I would sooner have everything on one service than use iCloud for contacts and other services for mail, etc.
  3. johannnn macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2009
    Have had custom lastname domain hosted at gmail for years. Sadly, iCloud doesn't allow your own domain. So the only solution was to forward all mail to iCloud, but that just brings another layer of complexity (e.g. non-spam that gets stuck in first mail server and never reaches you) and iCloud doesn't provide the feature of choosing the sending email adress like Gmail has. So as of now, I'm still using the Gmail app on iOS and Mailplane on OS X.

    But also, I don't like getting my small MBA drive crippled with thousands of messages and attachments, I'd rather have them online (and the Gmail web site is awesome but the iCloud web site is horrible).
  4. Primejimbo, Nov 16, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2014

    Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I use iCloud for personal (friends and family) and Outlook for all my iTunes (since apple won't let me use my @me/iCloud for my Apple ID), banking emails, forums, Facebook, and so on.

    I ditched gmail for Outlook because I wanted push on my iPhone and I was really starting to hate the UI on the web version. I really like the UI for Outlook a lot, for me it's much better than Gmail.
  5. reese2147 macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2013
    I'm an guy, but 100% agree on the UI of the email!


    My only gripe with email is that when I setup the email on my iPhone, I cannot use any of my aliases, only the primary email address.
  6. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I like the UI of, to me it's very simple looking, but agree that is very nice too. When I 1st went to, I signed up and started to drop gmail. Gmail use to be my Apple ID, but I switched it to Outlook very soon after making account.

    I just found out about the aliases issue about a week ago, not a game killer, but would be nice.
  7. reese2147 macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2013
    I should take that back... the UI of email isn't bad... its the fact that messages cannot be grouped by conversation is the deal breaker for me. I'm forced to use the web version of iCloud while at work and cannot stand the non-conversation view.
  8. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I never tried that view (assuming that's the same as thread view?). Another issue is the 5GB limit. Now I don't save emails much in it and $0.99 a month for 20GB is very cheap, but I wish they at least gave 10GB.
  9. reese2147 macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2013
    Yup, same thing as threaded view. The 5GB free is sub-par, but 12 bucks for an extra 15GB isn't breaking the bank (if you prefer iCloud for email)
  10. impaler macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2006
    I have iCloud, Gmail & Outlook accounts, and use them all for different reasons. I tend to use iCloud for personal email, as I have an old .mac account I still use.
  11. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
  12. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
  13. 370zulu macrumors regular


    Nov 4, 2014
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I have iCloud and addresses. Couldn't wait to dump gmail. I currently use iCloud for everything and Outlook for my Apple account. I'd love to have custom domain but don't want the expense and hassle. I am a bit concerned about the security of most providers so it seems the lesser of the evils is the best.
  14. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2014
    Any cloud provider that does not provide custom domains is simply out of the question.

    The fact that Google's spam filters are far superior to any others is also a deciding factor for me.

    Purchased Google Apps for business several years ago and have never looked back. Works reliably on every device I use.
  15. satcomer, Dec 2, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2015

    satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    I found the secret to email a long time ago. Use several accounts, one got business, one for home, one for questionable web sites. Plus in Gmail I use Inbox zero method to use OS X Mail with it.
  16. 0x100, Dec 2, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2016

    0x100 macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2014
  17. Photography thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    Has anyone here made the move from Gmail to If so, what were the primary reasons for doing so? I've been contemplating a switch from Gmail to Outlook. Been a user of Gmail since it was in beta, and I've been a Hotmail user since it was released, but Outlook seems impressive now.
  18. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I have and I am very happy with outlook. I got sick of gmail UI on their web, it just looks so busy. And I also wanted push to my iPhone thay Gmail doesn't do anymore. I know there are work abounds, but I didn't want to do it.
  19. reese2147, Feb 3, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2015

    reese2147 macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2013
    My primary reason for switching from GMail to Outlook is because I use OneDrive for my cloud storage solution. I wanted an "all-in-one" solution for cloud, email, calendar and contacts..... Outlook's integration with Office and their top notch cloud solution was the selling point for me.
  20. AGX macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2014
    But it's not better use

    do you use icloud or outlook for contact and calendars?
  21. reese2147 macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2013
    I use for contacts and calendars.
  22. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    That's all opinion.

    I think it's very close and on some levels I think Outlook is better. The main reason I use iCloud is because I have all Apple stuff. If I ever switch, I will probably use my Outlook for everything.
  23. mattdocs12345 macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2015
    I use runbox because it is a non-American, privacy oriented email provider. I have almost completely abandoned gmail, after over 10 years of usage.
  24. jimthing, Feb 11, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2015

    jimthing macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2011
    London, UK
    I have found over the years, THE most important thing to do is keep a list (eg. 1Password or a secure text doc) EVERYTIME you sign-up for a service/site.
    Then if you decide to change emails, you can fairly simply, login and change them all over the course of an afternoon.

    All services eventually get superseded or bettered (or ruined, in the case of Gmail/G-Apps Mail re. "push" fiasco – only after millions had signed-up for free push email accounts do they stop the service for clients, forcing most users to use Google's own ad-supported apps or ad-supported webmail instead!).

    This way, if you want to make that change, you can, then track the old email for ~12 months to check old contacts aren't still using to contact you, before shutting it down. I tend to store all emails on ONE email provider's IMAP servers (ie. all folders are on iCloud in my email clients, with all three of my email addresses messages from different providers sorted by dragging into those folders), thus moving the archive is as simple as dragging to the new provider using an email client in the future, should I want to.
  25. edmtechnole Suspended

    Sep 24, 2014
    Mine is pretty much a mess. I haven't found any that is the best at everything so I have everything parsed out right now.

    Email - I use because I like the ActiveSync feature and the UI. It's also fast and responsive through the web UI (a complaint that is preventing me from using iCloud email exclusively).

    Cloud Storage - I save my photos on OneDrive because it is pretty easy to view them. This is as stopgap until Apple releases the revised version of Photos. I then store all of my docs with Google Drive because I am a huge fan of the indexing. It makes it so much easier to find files.

    Calendar and Contacts - I store these in iCloud because I like the UI and responsiveness. You still can't add a photo to your contacts, outside of syncing with Facebook or Google in Outlook. I thought this was 2015? :)

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