I do not need the e-mail app for the KIN. I just signed into my IMAP account using the settings on the app that came with the phone and it syncs beautifully to my computers using wi-fi only. I have all data blocked from Verizon so I cannot access anything online without wi-fi on.
I also missed having a notes feature so I have created a folder in my e-mail called "NOTES". It also syncs with my computer. So, I can have shopping lists, to do lists or whatever "NOTES" I need using e-mail as a notes app. Once it syncs I have my NOTES with me without needing wi-fi or data.
You do need to go online at verizon and block everything except pix/video messaging. This process is explained in a lot of threads. It will save you from racking up data fees if you're on a tight budget and don't have a data plan.
The ONEm is a cute little phone! I almost got one but my reading vision is impaired so I lucked out and got probably one of the last TWOm's. Mine is less than a week old. So far I LOVE it even though I need reading glasses to use it! My iPod Touch is staying home more and more.