Sunday, August 8, 2010

Jailbreaking Your iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G users are stubborn bunch.  And I'm one of them.  Although I already upgraded to the more robust 32GB iPhone 4 (antenna issues notwithstanding), many have chosen to stay the course with 1/4 of the RAM of the top smartphones out this year, a considerably lower resolution screen, a considerably slower processor, a lower resolution camera with no built-in video recording, no front-facing camera and no gyroscope.

Recently, iPhone 3G users made their voices heard when OS 4.0 slowed their smartphone down to a crawl.  Fortunately for me, I did not experience such a slowdown with my 16GB iPhone 3G and I didn't care when I got my iPhone 4.

But now I'm intrigued by what I can do with my iPhone 3G now that the initial warranty is up, AppleCare has expired and jailbreaking is now legal.

I had actually jailbroken my iPhone 3G before with OS 3.x.  But, I was disillusioned with it since it made my phone really slow.  I'm hoping for better things with the iOS 4.0 jailbreak.

I have already jailbroken my iPhone 3G twice and here's what I think about the two ways to jailbreak the iPhone 3G:

There's two different jailbreaking methods for the iPhone 3G:  redsn0w and JailbreakMe.

Now, a lot of people like JailbreakMe because you can do it without a computer and it's very simple.  Plus, it's the only way right now to Jailbreak iOS 4.0.1 on the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.

But, I found I like redsn0w better for the iPhone 3G.  (Quick disclaimer: redsn0w only works on the iPhone 3G.)

I feel redsn0w is better because iOS 4 multitasking, the homescreen wallpaper function and the battery percentage indicator can be added without any additional installation from Cydia.

I personally like the iOS 4 multitasking more than the ones found in Cydia.  I also like not having to rely on Winterboard to post a picture on the homescreen.  And I hate to install the battery percentage apps from Cydia.

Here's other things I plan to do with my jailbroken iPhone 3G:
  • Install the latest version of LockInfo which features a drop-down widget similar to the Android OS.  $4.99 from Cydia.
  • The Clear iSpot will give my iPhone 3G mobile 4G connectivity.  I'll let you know how that goes.
  • The iPhone 3G is now a controller for a couple of MPad games on the iPad as well as the web version of Star Wars: Trench Run and my pre-ordered AR.Drone.
As soon as I finish doing all of that I'll report back here.

1 comment:

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