Mookie4ever wrote:Has anybody jailbroken their iphone?
Can you tell me the pros and cons of this?
If it's just money I can skip it b/c apps are so cheap it would make no difference to me but is there any functional advantage to jailbreaking?
Yup. No cost. IIRC, you probably won't able to do it for a few weeks if you have installed the latest firmware (3.1.3), unless you have a less common version of the boot rom. They're talking about waiting to releasing the next jailbreak for all 3.1.3 models when a new version of the OS is released (3.2 or 4.0).
Pros - you'll be able to install some apps that provide features that Apple currently restricts for official apps (multitasking, UI customization, etc., etc.). From my perspective:
- multitasking (I absolutely love being able to flip between running apps)
EDIT: allow me to run Pandora and other music/radio apps other than iPod/browser while flipping to other apps.
- displaying the current temperature on the weather icon
- using the volume buttons for next/previous iPod tracks
- spell-check for everything with a red underline
- turn settings on/off based on a schedule to save battery life
- 5x5 icons instead of 4x4 (there's 6x6 as well, but that's too crowded, 5x5 is just right)
- quick access to toggles to control everything -- volume, brightness, wifi, 3g.
- ability to hide apps that are never used (recorder, etc.)
Try this for some other opinions: http://www.google.com/search?q=best+jailbreak+apps
Cons - Unrestricted apps are more likely to have bugs that can potentially cause more problems than bugs in Apple-approved apps. More like to encounter an app that causes weirdness with the springboard or other apps.
Just make sure you've synched/backed up your iPhone before you jailbreak, and if anything goes wrong a restore will make all well again.
Last edited by Bwanna on Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:48 am, edited 1 time in total.