Jailbroken 1st gen iPhone vs. Jailbroken 3GS: Which is better?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by bollweevil, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. bollweevil macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    I currently own a 1st gen iPhone, I have had it for 23 months. I have never jailbroken it. I desperately need to jailbreak it now, because I need a VoIP app that will run in the background and ring when I have Wifi but no AT&T signal.

    I was hoping to buy a new iPhone 3GS, sign up for another 2 year AT&T contract, and jailbreak the 3GS. However, I was wondering if there was any way that the 1st gen is superior to the 3GS.

    Specific questions:
    1. Does the 3GS actually have a magnetic compass in it? Will the compass work after jailbreaking?
    2. Will the 3GS still record video after jailbreaking?
    3. Which is easier to jailbreak, a 1st gen or a 3GS?
    4. The 1st gen will be vulnerable forever. Is the 3GS less of a sure thing, might Apple completely patch it somehow in the future?
    5. Is there anything the 1st gen can do that the 3GS cannot?
    6. Is there anything else I should know when choosing between 3GS and sticking with my 1st gen?
    7. Do you think the official iPhone firmware will be improved in the future such that I can have my background app or push notification VoIP app, without the need to jailbreak? If Apple fixed the firmware to enable that, would it likely work only on the 3GS?

    Note: I may also want to tether it, but that is not very important to me, and it looks like I can tether either model of iPhone.
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    See answers above in bold. :D
  3. Point2G macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2009
    I'm a noob who has dedicated much of my recent time into learning about 2G and 3GS so here goes:

    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    3. 1st gen has more options but you CAN just blackra1n a 3GS
    4. 2G's are tanks - maybe but if you never let itunes update your phone u'll be just fine.
    5. Be dropped and abused more! And load 2.2.1 or 1.1.4 or whatever..
    6. Get a pre week 37 one by looking at serial number XXX**XXXX the 4th and 5th numbers are your week code... This will help if your're stuck on 05.11.07 firmware which you will more then likely be if you buy new at a store..
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    The 3GS was made for jailbreaking. Because of its faster processor and double RAM there are zero lags even under heavy theming.
  5. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    Hear hear. And I have never had a backgrounded app close due to memory shortages on my 3GS. I understand that used to happen all the time on 2G and 3G phones.
  6. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
    Ask yourself

    what better ford Focus or a Mustang 5.0 kind of your answer. both will get you there the mustang faster! ;) really though 3GS is made to be JB I personally wouldn't do it to a 1st gen
  7. 99MustangGTman macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2008
    Germantown MD/ Columbus OH
    Haha I like the analogy.

    3GS is obviously better.
  8. Point2G macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2009
    How about getting a iTouch for Wifi VoIP?!

    So are you using call forwarding to call a second VoIP phone#?
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Is this even a question?
    Offcourse go with the 3GS.

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