Not long after the iPhone was first released, I was reading quite a bit about the code that was developed to allow third party apps on to it. When I finally got my hands on the iPhone 3g a couple of weeks ago I had to search for quite a long time to find anything relating to jailbreaking.
The premise of jailbreaking seemed like a good one, before I actually had a chance to nose around the app store and see what was on offer. There are a ton of free and paid apps in there which have to be approved before they can be released, meaning that *most* of them are top notch.
Bare in mind I already have all the apps I need to get me through a day away from the PC, I decided to give jailbreaking a go earlier today. This is after my iPhone had a bit of a hiccup and had to be taken back to the o2 store, I had lost everything anyway (well, I have the backup to restore).
I managed to find quite a comprehensive guide on a couple of the methods that are available to jailbreak the iPhone 3g. The one I plummed for was QuickPWN although Twitter had been buzzing about Pusher a couple of days earlier (which I’ll test out if I ever get the installer to stop crashing).
Now, there are a couple of benefits to jailbreaking the iPhone. Cydia and Installer.app which offer those aforementioned third party apps to download. This is where the disappointment set in. Although it’s great to be able to flick the wi-fi on and off, keep applications open when they’re not in focus and set my own wallpaper to appear when the phone is locked, it makes the OS look cheap.
The apps that are available are ones that extend the functionality of the iPhone a little, but some seem to be more trouble than they’re worth. After downloading a few, I wanted to give someone a call. The iPhone crashed. That convinced me I could live without jailbreaking, at least until I could guarantee it wouldn’t leave me with a very expensive lump of metal.
I’m sure there a thousands of people who are perfectly happy with the little bit of extra functionality you get with it, but to me, the pitfalls far outweigh the benefits.