Your thoughts about IMAP vs. POP vs. Exchange
Posted on 2013-11-28
what's your thoughts on imap vs. pop .... vs. exchange? (right? that's the 3 big (only?) ways to do mail (ok, webmail is another I guess : )
specifically when you have 2 or more devices - phone and desktop for example and wanting the 'best' experience.
Exchange is the best but most costly (by a little bit when you go with O365 and $4 / user / month!) and that keeps calendar and contacts in sync across devices, right? Mail stays on the server and you get large storage on the server to accommodate it.
POP, you can leave on the server also, but you have to delete in 2 places (phone & PC) to get rid of an email. each machine has own sent folder, doesn't deal with contacts and calendar.
imap is more similar to exchange in that you are looking 'at' the server's inbox and only need to delete something 1x, doesn't do calendar and contacts. How would you say reliability is? keeping phone, desktop and server in sync with the list of emails? I use mostly pop myself. A couple gmail imap accounts frequently get 'imap server not responding', and each has its own set of mailboxes.
On the pop side, I have several email addresses all dump into a shared inbox so I only have to look in 1 place for mail, vs. each inbox for each address in imap. THat's on my desktop. On my phone, I just don't delete mail from the pop server - I just look at what's come in recently. The phone BCCs me so I can put it in the sent folder on my PC.