Can new iPhone be customized out of the box ?

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  1. Darthdingo macrumors 6502a

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    I am actually possibly thinking of maybe getting the iPhone4S on Sprint, if they don't get the Nexus-Prime. Last iPhone I owned was the 3G, and that thing was a bad experience after like 6 months, started lagging and freezing, same with my brother's 3G too after a year, it was flaking out on him. So we both left for the "Nexus" line. But I am open to going back now.

    One thing I LOVE about Android is the option to customize the phone right out of the box, without rooting or anything like that.

    On a new iPhone4S can I replace the stock keyboard with a different one ? Or different color keyboard like all black ? Or does basic stuff like that need a jailbreak ?
     
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  3. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Easy, simple answer. No
     
  4. Lemmiwinkles macrumors newbie

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    That level of customisation will require a jailbreak (if that's even possible).
     
  5. haticK macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty much if you want to do anything more than change the wallpaper you need to jailbreak.
     
  6. Darthdingo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Seriously ? That is a big downer for me. Why not allow such basic customizations, as different keyboard, different SMS options, silly ringtones, etc... ? More options the better.
     
  7. haticK macrumors 6502a

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    Well you can change ringtones and stuff like that, I was talking about actual themes that makes the UI look different. Jailbreaking isn't that difficult and you can customize everything if you do.
     
  8. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    After your experience with the older models you don't have the answer????

    Apple products just work.....until you customize them. :D
     
  9. Darthdingo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My 3G was stock, never jailbroken, same with my Brother's. And after less than a year, they both had issues.
     
  10. Darthdingo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My biggest thing I like is a custom keyboard. Never cared for the iPhone keyboard too small. I love the HTC Sense keyboard layout, I have had Samsung phones too and did not like theirs either. But a $1.99 app "Smart Keyboard" lets me install a custom keyboard, and options for iPhone layout, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, etc...and then different colors/themes too, all on stock Android phone.

    Wish the iPhone allowed that kind of simple customization, out of the box.
     
  11. dccorona macrumors 68020

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    they do allow "silly ringtones"

    this quote from steve jobs pretty much sums up why you can't customize iPhones: "It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them"
     
  12. Darthdingo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I understand Jobs philosophy there, keeps the system in check without a ton of third parry buggy apps. But I like options. Not just being told what I should like.

    At least offer options built into the OS. Like themes and different style for certain functions. That would be cool.
     
  13. Darthdingo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So to wrap this up, I take it the iPhone is not for those who like to customize beyond what the phone ships stock ? Oh well, that's a bummer. Might just stick with Android then, make my decision once the Nexus-Prime is revealed.
     
  14. IXDoubleDXI macrumors regular

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    My last 3 phones were Android, the latest being the Nexus S 4G. The Customizations are nice, but I'm gonna jump back to iOS as i'm tired of freezing/restarting/horrible battery life. Yes, it was rooted, using the Oxygen ROM with tweaked power settings, still horrible battery life. Doesn't hurt that there are a lot more "non-garbage" apps in the Apple App Store too.
     
  15. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    It's an Apple product. Aside from wallpaper, you get no customization.
     
  16. Darthdingo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wow you and I have the exact same phone. I also have the Nexus-S 4G on Sprint, and rooted with Oxygen the best ROM. this phone is rock solid stable. NEVER crashed on me. A d I gut close to a full day use. On heavy business days maybe 8 - 10 hrs.

    You think the iPhone4S will be a radically better smartphone ? Honestly would like your opinion here please.

    Thanks
     
  17. Darthdingo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That sucks. Will have to wait for untethered jailbreak I guess, before I decide to get the iPhone4S then
     

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