Intelliscreen-still problematic or safe to use?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by redman042, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. redman042 macrumors 68020

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    I'm looking for opinions on Intelliscreen, specifically the latest build - 2.93. Just jailbroke my 3GS recently and I'm seeking to improve the functionality of my phone without introducing major issues with stability, memory, or battery life. I have a 3GS so I expect to have less issues than 3G owners. I really like the idea of IntelliScreen, and I hope I can keep using it. I've been running the trial for couple days, and overall it's working fine with few glitches, but I am starting to notice battery drain issues and a slowly degrading amount of free memory. Need to observe a few more days to see how severe this is, whether Intelliscreen is actually the cause, etc. I've seen a lot of negative opinions here and elsewhere about this app and it's stability issues, but these comments are all on older versions of the software.

    So my questions are:

    Is the current version of Intelliscreen reasonably stable and safe?

    Anyone completely happy with it?

    Has anyone run battery tests on the latest version?

    Anyone notice significant memory/stability issues with vers 2.93 and are there any tweaks to minimize this (ie. turn off certain settings, etc.)?

    Thanks
     
  2. TheHeadFL macrumors member

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    If you aren't afraid of doing a little manual configuration, LockInfo is a nice free (and very configurable) alternative... I have been using it for a couple weeks now and I love it.

    There are a few threads about it in this forum.

    I have heard IntelliScreen still has problems....
     
  3. IBradMac macrumors 68000

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    I've had both.

    I went with Lockscreen info. It's not really that hard to configure once you 'get' it.

    The biggest advantage I notice about intelliscreen is that you can preview mail in lockscreen which lockinfo will only show a small portion of the mail. It's a wash though, lockscreeninfo doesn't cause a drain in battery and is not as memory dependent as intelliscreen.

    Intelliscreen can be managed through settings directly on your phone while lockscreen info requires you to SSH. (some aren't comfortable doing that, I wasn't at first).

    I decided to go with lockscreeninfo.
     
  4. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    I've been running Intelliscreen since I first jailbroke my phone under 2.2 and I am running it now under 3.0 on my 3G. It runs fine. I have not 'heard' it runs fine, I know it runs fine.
     
  5. Rusalka macrumors regular

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    It can actually be managed though settings now too :) The MatteUI theme atleast
     
  6. redman042 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well I may have to try lockinfo. Decided to remove intelliscreen today after I noticed it had disabled cut and paste functionality in email. I hope the developer fixes this because it's a slick program in many ways.
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    inteliscreen is scary to uninstall. thought i bricked my iphone
     
  8. joneszee954 macrumors member

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    I have intelliscreen running 3.0 and love it, have never had any problems. To me is the single biggest reason to jailbreak my phone. I love being able to see what's on my calendar whenever I turn on my phone, and what emails and texts I have. It will even tell me scores of sport games.
    Plus, one of the previous people here wrote that it disables copy/paste on emails. That was fixed weeks ago, and it copys/pastes fine.
     
  9. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    Try using a current release. :rolleyes: If, in fact, you tried it at all.
     
  10. redman042 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Try reading my first post before you bash.

    As I said in that post, I just installed the trial last week. So, obviously, it's the current release. I used it every day until last night, when I gave up and uninstalled it. I know what I'm doing, trust me. I'm no amateur when it comes to gadgets, especially smartphones.

    It almost works fine for me. But it hoses my email cut and paste. I tried several resets, and other fixes, but nothing worked. So it's close, but no banana. Maybe the next release will be worth another try, but I'm not purchasing a $10 license until I know it will work.

    If you want to offer suggestions, rather than criticism, feel free to chime in.
     
  11. redman042 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ok wait, I looked around and am seeing references to a 2.94 version that fixes the copy/paste issue. But I can't find this version to install. Cydia is still showing 2.93 as current. Suggestions?
     
  12. redman042 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Nevermind... I figured it out. Use the Rock store not Cydia. Can they make this more confusing? They should take 2.93 off Cydia if that's not the current version or place to get it anymore.

    I'm giving it another go. I really like having these added features, but phone stability is critical to me.
     
  13. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    Apology accepted.

    Who doesn't consider phone stability critical? :rolleyes:
     
  14. WannaApple? macrumors 6502a

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    Ive been using Intelliscreen for about 6 months now and I cant live without it. I rely on being able to see my upcoming appointments for the entire week without having to open my calendar. Im not sure about Lockinfo, but Intelliscreen also has the little status bar icons already installed that I love, so I dont have to install a second app (status notifier).

    I have never had any problems with Intelliscreen whatsoever. I rarely use copy and paste so I dont know if there is or was a problem with that, but Intelliscreen works great for me and also one of the top reasons that I jailbroke.
     
  15. IBradMac macrumors 68000

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    Good. Glad you got it figured out. Be sure to let us know how it goes for you.
     
  16. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    Not to mention how inconvenient ssh is when compared to just changing settings within the app.
     
  17. redman042 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Eh, I'm tempted to take it off again and go around complaining about it, just to spite MikePA. He's a little smug for my tastes. :rolleyes:

    Seriously though, it's fine so far. As long as cut and paste hangs in there, and the phone stays stable and fast, I'll keep using it, and I'll buy my license in 4 days when the trial expires.

    There is a bunch of talk on the net (here and elsewhere) about how this app bypasses Mobilsubstrate safeguards, can cause major issues, etc. I'm sure much of that has been worked out through updates, and having a 3GS makes a big difference, but it does still make me nervous. But I'll give it an honest go. It adds functionality that no other app does.

    I'm a new jailbreaker. I'm trying to ease into this.
     
  18. lionheartednyhc macrumors 65816

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    +1000
     
  19. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    -100,000

    Having to ssh to configure an app is for propeller heads.
     
  20. Rusalka macrumors regular

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    Spreading false claims are for propeller heads, actually.

    Lock info can be downloaded through cydia along with the MatteUI theme and managed by settings. No SSH required.

    Posted via iPhone
     
  21. TheHeadFL macrumors member

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    Yeah, because I have to change the configuration all the time... ? :confused:

    Oh wait, I don't. I haven't touched it since I set it up weeks ago.
     
  22. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for proving my point and try reading my post. I never mentioned how many times you had to ssh into your phone. And don't be so insecure in your choice of Lockinfo.
     
  23. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    The inability to read posts is running rampant. I'll type slowly so you can keep up. I didn't say Lockinfo required ssh, someone else did and I commented on it. Having to use ssh ranks right up their on the propeller head scale as the need to tell everyone you post via iPhone.:rolleyes:
     
  24. lunercrab macrumors newbie

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    I've been using it since 3.0 came out and i've had no problems...the biggest plus for me with intelliscreen, that to the best of my knowledge no other app does, is if i miss a call or a text message, intelliscreen will give me sound reminders every so mins to let me know i missed a call....i tend to be in a louder enviroment at work, so i miss calls alot...i can't live without that feature :D
     
  25. igeoffi macrumors member

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    I second this recommendation.


    I was a former IntelliScreen user until they started requiring the Rock Your Phone software. I was able to live with the modifications it made to MobileSubstrate but requiring an additional software just to manage the licenses is a little too much. I don't think the issues between IntelliScreen and other apps that use mobilesubstrate properly have entirely been worked out yet. In a post made in Sept 08, Saurik outlines the problems of intelliscreen.

    From another thread:

    I switched over from IntelliScreen to Lock Screen Info. Granted, I did lose a couple features that were pretty nice to have, I think the trade off was worth it.

    IMO, Lock Screen Info is starting to become more and more an IntelliScreen replacement. Plugins are nice and the community is writing plugins for a variety of different things.

    In summary, if I had to list 3 things that made me switch from IntelliScreen over to Lock Screen Info (not in order of importance) it would be:
    -Requiring Rock Your Phone
    -Saurik's stance
    -Problems with other apps that I had

    My recommendation? Save your money and try Lock Screen Info out first. See if it fits your needs.
     

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