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The only Apple products I have are an iPod Classic (in the car) and an iPod Nano. I'm therefore looking for some Apple assistance from you knowledgeable peeps:

My wife's netbook seems to have died so I'm pondering getting her an iPad Mini.

We've always had Outlook running with our PST files held on the NAS drives (yeah yeah bad me!) so we can access them from different devices (desktop, laptop, netbook).

If I get her an iPad it seems I can get an app to import the PST file but after this where do the emails reside? Is it a cloud solution or an IOS equivalent to a PST file?

I've always had backups etc and am just wondering what you do with IOS devices. If I make the move could I then convert it back to a PST file should she decide she wants a Windows machine again?

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Almost certain you can't do anything to export iPad emails to a .pst file - but then that would be missing the point of an iPad.

If you want lots of mail stored locally, then you don't want an iPad, which is really just a device to access cloud based accounts - the default iPad email setup is IMAP with only the latest 50 emails stored locally.

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I think BB are dropping them? Maybe not. Either way they seem more limited with Apps, perihperals etc and to be honest since I have a BB I think one is enough!

A guy at work has a Playbook so I'll explore it with him before I reject the idea. I am surprised at the price though.

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Not sure of the status of the Playbook with BB, but you can load Android apps onto it, too. Which may help with the .pst thing.

Personally, I hate the whole way MS deal with emails and their .pst files - I'm pretty sure with the move towards cloud based solutions that .pst will be dropped fairly soon anyway.

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I agree it's all going cloud but the portability of your emails seems more restrictive once you've made that move. With a PST I know I've got historic backups etc.

We use "the cloud" at work - Office 365 but I still have my local PST for when sitting on a plane etc. As per your mention with the iPad it doesn't seem geared up for when you're off line.

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I just use GMAIL and the I can get my emails from anywhere and use the imap on my PC to have a copy of everything where I need it the most.

Every single email still lives on the GMail account and a copy on a PC. It was a big change when I moved to it from the hold of a PST.

But regardless of phone, PC or tablet I can get to my emails. It's just the past for a while that its difficulty to get to unless you send them into GMail or similar.

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