Top Devices to Send and Receive Email

Forget the Computer, Send Email From Anywhere

At one point in time, email-only devices (or email appliances) were rather popular among people who didn't want to use a computer. This was mostly before smartphones gave everyone the ability to access their email accounts from anywhere in the world.

Now that smartphones and tablets have made accessing email without a computer easy, we have more options for getting and sending email messages. There are still a few devices dedicated to email alone and they are useful for the right person.

Here we'll explore some of the best options, from smartphones and tablets to email appliances. These are all very easy to use and set up with an email account and are particularly geared toward the elderly who don't want to fuss with computers or laptops.

They will allow you to stay in contact with your family by sharing emails and pictures at minimal cost. Who knows, you might even want to sign up for a social media account or two. Facebook, anyone?

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iPhone 7
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If you're looking for a smartphone that is also easy to use with email, the iPhone is a good choice. Also, if you're not concerned about all of the bells and whistles of the latest iPhone, you can pick up an older, used model for pretty cheap.

iPhone Mail does a great job rendering emails and attachments. It is very easy to set up and use and the iPhone has always been known for its ease of use options.

  • Again, you will need an internet connection to send and receive emails.
  • Extra apps like Skype are great for staying in touch and this is a phone so you can have a regular conversation as well.
  • If you don't need the phone and want something a little bigger, look into an iPad tablet.
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Kindle Fire
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Tablets are great because they have a larger screen than smartphones, but you get all of the same mobile functions. You can even use it to Skype your family and talk to them in a video chat rather than a phone call.

The Kindle is a nice, basic tablet that is very easy to use. There is not much to learn about it and anyone who can use a smartphone can help you set it up. Also, you can use the tablet to read e-books which can be purchased, downloaded for free, or checked out from your local library.

  • An internet connection (through your mobile phone carrier or Wi-Fi) is required to send and receive email or use any of the mobile apps.
  • Playing games, taking pictures, and reading previously downloaded books or watching movies does not require an internet connection.
  • Very easy to use with a slight learning curve and email is quick to set up, send, and receive with all of the features found with email on the computer.
  • Access social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ so you can keep in touch with family.
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The BlackBerry is an iconic cell phone that is compact and very user-friendly. It was originally designed with business professionals in mind so there's less of the fluff that comes with iPhones and Android phones.

The best feature of the BlackBerry is the QWERTY keyboard. Rather than the touchscreen keyboards found on most smartphones, this one has real buttons and many users still find that they enjoy that best for typing.

  • Be sure that a BlackBerry will work with your cell phone carrier, particularly if you're buying one online.
  • Email is easy to set up, send, and receive.
  • The BlackBerry platform has fewer apps for games, etc. available though there are some you may find useful. It is great as an organizer and browsing the internet.
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The MailBug email appliance likes to keep things simple. It comes with the essential functionality — to send and receive email — and is easy to set up and use.

This seems like very old technology, but it's actually quite useful for people who do not want to mess with computers, tablets, or phones. It is perfect for senior citizens that want to stay connected via quick email messages without the learning curve associated with the newer devices.

  • A landline phone connection is required and there is no need for an internet connection.
  • Email address is set up through the Landel Telecom company after purchasing the device.
  • Full-size QWERTY keyboard and an easy to read screen.
  • Will display .pdf files, but not other types of attachments like photos. However, your MailBug email account can be accessed from any computer if needed.
  • At less than $100, it's a really good deal for minimum email usage.
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