There’s a lot of reasons why people jailbreak their iPhones. We’ve talked about many of them before and I thought with the recent release of limera1n (thanks Geohot … and of course the Dev Team!) it might be a good time for me to reflect on the reasons I held off from upgrading to 4.1 […]
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Opinion: Why I jailbreak (and you should too)

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There’s a lot of reasons why people jailbreak their iPhones. We’ve talked about many of them before and I thought with the recent release of limera1n (thanks Geohot … and of course the Dev Team!) it might be a good time for me to reflect on the reasons I held off from upgrading to 4.1 for the past while awaiting a jailbreak for this latest iOS version and why I jailbreak in general.

For those new to the site, I’ve been here since pretty much the beginning, I’ve owned every version of the iPhone, a couple iPod Touches as well as the iPad and I’ve jailbroken every one of them. Over the years some great apps/tweaks and themes have come and gone from the jailbreak community and while a lot of folks look down on the jailbreaking, I think its quite possibly the best thing to happen to iOS (aside from maybe the app store).

So, stick with me through the jump and I’ll show you why I simply refused to upgrade to 4.1 until I could get Cydia (Thanks @saurik) back on my iPhone.

NOTE: I DO NOT condone the people who jailbreak stricktly for pirating applications, and the try before you buy argument isn’t going to cut it. You want it – BUY IT.

Why do I jailbreak? Well, I’m not the type that is going to spout off about how its my phone and I want to be free, or how the walled garden is the devil, and all similar arguments. I jailbreak because there’s some things I can’t get through iOS or through the app store that make a huge difference in how useful the iPhone is for me. Truth be told if it wasn’t for some of these add-ons I most likely wouldn’t stay with iOS because the functionality is key to what I’m doing with the phone and improve the usability of the device.

Let’s start with the big boy that everyone should be using – SBSettings. SBSettings is like the Swiss Army knife of iOS management. Got an app you need killed because its a memory hog which is tearing up your battery (I’m looking at you Safari)? Wanna kill WiFi in one click instead of 3? Don’t need 3G at the moment, and don’t want to exit your game? Need to hide some icons? SBSettings is your tool. There’s a ton SBSettings can do, and its quite literally the first application I install when I jailbreak.

Next up is FolderCloser. FolderCloser is a simple tweak that I loooooove! What does it do? Well with the introduction of 4.0 we got folders. Have you noticed that when you open a folder, launch an app, then exit the app that folder stays open and you have to hit the home button again to close the folder? Drove me frickin nuts! Well, FolderCloser to the rescue.

Here’s another annoyance of iOS folders. You get what like 12 icons per folder? Why? Why that arbitrary limit? Well, if I have 50 games installed and I want a games folder, I don’t want 5 different games folders… I want one. Infinifolders from @chpwn is the answer. Best money I’ve spent on iOS in a while.

Keeping in our springboard annoyances… does any one actually use spotlight? I mean really. I can count the number of times I’ve used it on one finger. So, NoSpot fixes that. Why oh why isn’t that a setting Apple? And why oh why do I have a little icon for the alarm clock in the status bar, but no icons for the important things like new mail or sms?! Good thing there’s a couple apps like Notifier which provide those for me.

AT&T wants $20 a month to tether. And that doesn’t get you hotspot functionality, just tethering with not extended data cap. $20 one time gets me MyWi which gets me tethering and hot spot functionality. Now, I understand that this falls pretty close to the piracy line. But, I tether maybe once or twice a month for a couple minutes at a time when I absolutely need to. $20 a month for two years, no extra data capacity, and no hot spot functionality would be highway robbery. So, I could steal from them or they could steal from me. Its a coin toss.

So, there’s my “Why I Jailbreak”… what’s yours?

 

 

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