Is winterboard 1 to avoid? alternatives?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by RolledUp20s, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. RolledUp20s macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    Wrexham, North Wales
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    Ive read that winterboard is a battery drainer & a main cause of springboard to crash. Any longtime Jailbrakers care to share their knowledge on this?

    I've tried dreamboard but find the themes are too over the top.

    I like some of the tweeks I can do with springtomize, SBS.

    When I look to changing app HD versions, or just some different cool icons - winterboard keeps popping its ugly head up. Most of the icon descriptions tell you it's for winterboard, however..some don't, then it goes ahead an installs winterboard aswel.

    I'm new to JB & not sure I want to go editing the folders/files myself to change icons like some of you do.
    Is there something outthere that unlocks an editing option to icons? So I can just select from camera roll?

  2. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    Winterboard itself is not a battery drainer, themes combined may tend to drain your battery more.
  3. TaterToT macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2009
    Winterboard works great for me, not sure why some people claim that it's a bad app to have.
  4. SL4VE macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    WB will drain your battery slightly faster or loads more faster depending on the theme your running with widgets etc updating weather every min etc etc

    its best to determine how much your willing to sacrifice or offset against looks vs drainage. although i strongly disagree with turning off features (esp stock) to compensate for batt life, it should work well out the box imo
  5. Gix1k macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008
    Works fine on my 4S. I only have it adding one theme and nothing else.
  6. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    I have never had any issues with Winterboard starting with iPhone 3G! It could be a burden on battery if you have themes with live wallpaper, clock, or weather that gets updated every 10 seconds, etc.
  7. coolhands macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2011
    I have a theme and tweaks to go with the theme (equix) as well as other small things loaded here. No slowing down and no loss in battery.
  8. Rennir macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2012
    Can someone with technical knowledge explain how winterboard/themes work (ie what part of the software they modify and elucidate whether this takes extra ram/drains the battery even slightly, etc.) I'm really interested in some of the themes but I'm unwilling to sacrifice any battery, speed or stability so I just wanted to know if my fears were unfounded.
  9. RolledUp20s, Jan 30, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2012

    RolledUp20s thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    Wrexham, North Wales
    You could record your available memory with all background apps 'killed' -
    Mine at the moment like that is 290MB, not sure what the normal should be in this state? ..then download some theme, and repeat readings test. If a theme is pulling alot of memory with background apps dead, then i guess you have something to go on?

    Anyone know what an iphone 4s not jailbroken would show like this?
  10. NanoNyrd macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2011
    Winterboard is a bit heavy on your phone, in particular if you have themes with animations. But even without, it makes dragging between springboard pages lag a little bit; not quite enough to be annoying, but noticeable.

    I use it for an animated lockscreen (uniAW, Universal Animated Weather), and I suspect it causes some battery drain, but not so much that I am sure about it. I have given up on theming the springboard, there are always some unthemed icons that stick out like a sore thumb :)
  11. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020


    Jan 29, 2010
    Lexington, KY.
    You read wrong.

  12. RolledUp20s thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    Wrexham, North Wales
    #12, i can definitley read ok. :rolleyes:

    Im using it now anyway, just making sure background apps are 'killed' - battery seems fine.

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