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June 28, 2012

Iphone JailBreak – Review

If you know me, you know I’m not a big fan of Apple. This doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate the fact that other people find their products to be the best for them. Saying this, I did need to experiment with an apple device so that I could learn the iOS platform for app dev.

I could go into the reasons why I don’t like Apple, I do it on a regular basis, but I don’t think that it would be appreciated right now. It has to do with ignorance in technology and how I feel like Apple supports that by their practices. Now that I think about it, I pretty much told you the whole reason why I dislike the company. If somebody does everything for you, then what’s the motivation in trying to learn about it? The one phrase that I hear quite often is “Technology is great until you really need it, then it doesn’t work anymore”. Well, no. You just don’t know how to fix it or what exactly has gone wrong. It’s definitely a user error. But, I digress.

I currently have the white 16gb iPhone 4s. I got the iPhone for multiple reasons. As I had stated, I need an iOS platform to develop on, as well as needing to know my way around an iPhone since I apparently am that “token Asian” that all her friends go to when their phones stop working. A more selfish reason would probably be that I wanted to be able to say I had both an iPhone and a Droid and explain the different reasons why I love my Droid more.

I used a program called Absinthe to jailbreak my phone. A pretty simple procedure, it just required a little knowledge about boot processes and menus and the ability to press a button when it was no longer greyed out. I made it out to be something totally more complicated when I told my friends. Mostly because I didn’t want to do it for them, too. It took about half an hour for the whole process to complete .

The first thing you notice when your phone boots up, is the new marketplace you got called Cydia. It’s the official market for jailbroken iPhones and has some pretty cool stuff on it. I’d like to go ahead and point out that the majority of the things on the Cydia market to change your iPhone are the things that Droids do already. I’m just saying.

A couple of the first things I did was change the appearance of my phone. There’s some links in Cydia that take you to programs that they think all jailbroken phones should have. I installed a few of the free ones like the SBS settings (A toggle bar for WiFi, Bluetooth, Data, etc), Winterboard (for appearance customization as opposed to SpringBoard used by iOS), and a font changer.

All in all, I actually like my iPhone because it’s jailbroken. The main advantage it has over my Droid – I have the Razr – is the size. With my small hands, sometimes it’s harder to use the larger phone, but it’s an amazing device and nothing beats 4g. I still hold the same opinion of Apple, considering that I really jailbroke my iPhone to make it more like my Droid but I guess I can deal with it for now.

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