I always feel more than a little bad about making criticisms of Cydia “ because I recognize that Saurik (its creator) is one of the giants of the jailbreak arena, a guy who ‘s done as much for the jailbreak community as just about anyone. And Cydia is very much the leading jailbreak app […]
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Cydia Wish List: Consistent App Detail Pages

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I always feel more than a little bad about making criticisms of Cydia “ because I recognize that Saurik (its creator) is one of the giants of the jailbreak arena, a guy who ‘s done as much for the jailbreak community as just about anyone.

And Cydia is very much the leading jailbreak app store, which in itself is a great and much appreciated service to all of us who jailbreak our iPhones.

Having said all that, I still find interacting with Cydia a pretty unpleasant experience.  It is far slower than the App Store, and its interface is much less attractive and effective.  Another thing about it that annoys the living crap out of me is the inconsistency in its App details pages.

Some apps show screenshots under a Screenshots section. Some show them under the More Info section.

Some app pages have ads quite near the top of the page.  Some have them placed quite a bit farther down.

Possibly most irritating of all, some apps show a Recent Changes section to let you know what has changed in their latest version “ which is especially useful when a new update comes out.  Other apps do not have that section and do not offer any change log or ‘What ‘s New ‘ type information.

Overall, there is almost nothing consistent to cling to in Cydia ‘s app pages.  In the App Store you find that muscle memory can kick in when looking at an app ‘s page, because all the elements are always in pretty much the same places on the pages.  You can ‘t do this at all in Cydia because everything is all over the place, and there are not enough consistent elements.

It seems to me that everything varies wildly between different sources “ as in, BigBoss sourced apps ‘ pages look starkly different to apps from the ModMyi repository “ and apps from other repos look quite different to either of those two.

I think it would make for a far more pleasant and effective user experience if Cydia could impose some standards for app pages.

What do you all think?  Happy with how things are in Cydia or agree that this could do with improvement?  What are your Cydia wish list items?

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