Conflicting advice about changing from POP to IMAP on multiple devices

I get email to six POP accounts on three devices - iPhone, iPad and my MacBook Air. Deleting the emails I've already read on one device from the other two has become incredibly time-consuming. I've poked around on the boards to try to find out if changing my email accounts to IMAP on the iPhone and iPad only would be a good solution, but I've gotten conflicting advice. I found both of these statements, which would appear to contradict each other:
statement #1:
+No, that should be fine to do that but as mentioned above, you would set the POP account on your desktop to leave mail on the server. This is the setup I use (POP on desktop, IMAP on iPhone). I like it because it adds a layer of backup. If your mail server went down and lost all your email, you'd still have copies on your desktop in your POP account. Also, you can still reference/search email if your internet goes down.+
statement #2:
+I have to second these motions here - Do Not try to mix these two or you risk loosing email... Then make sure you reconfigure your to IMAP. You will need to create a new IMAP account in the prefs, manually move all of your POP email to their corresponding folders in the IMAP account, and then delete the POP account.+
Surely lots of other people are finding it hard to manage their email with all of these other devices? Whenever I launch Mail in either my iPad or my iPhone it loads the new ones, plus up to 50 old emails from whenever I stopped deleting them before...
TIA for any advice...
Message was edited by: Gretchen Daniel1

Gretchen Daniel1 wrote:
Thanks Bob, I suspected that was the case. I would be interested to know if a large number of people are switching their POP accounts to IMAP for this very reason. I can't be the only one who's tired of deleting emails one by one from the iPhone and iPad...
I don't know how many are switching. I assume that most users who have multiple email devices they want to keep synced set them up as IMAP accounts to begin with.

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