Pro's and Con's of Jailbreaking

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by NickMyers, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. NickMyers macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2008
    I'm getting pretty bored with Apple's stock iPhone theme and have been thinking about jailbreaking...

    What are some of the positives and negatives of jailbreaking?

    Can it be completely undone if I decide I don't like it?

    Can I back up my pictures I currently have on my phone?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. hellomoto4 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2008
  3. hsleiman macrumors regular

    May 30, 2008
    Morgantown, WV
    True. But you can always just restore to stock firmware if you run into problems.
  4. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F136 Safari/525.20)

    pros and cons
  5. PhaserFuzz macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2007
    - Ability to customize every aspect of your iPhone.
    - There are no restrictions for apps.

    - "Technically" voids warranty. (However you can restore and wipe away all traces of a jailbreak)
    - Buggy apps. (Be smart about what you download. Do some research)

    That's all I got. Hope it helps.
  6. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    As a con, I'd like to add that with Winterboard installed, there does seem to be a bit of slowdown compared with 'vanilla' 2.1 ...
  7. omgmelinda macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2008
    pros: customize literally every single little thing about your iphone.
    free apps. that are better than the ones in the appstore most of the time

    cons: You will waste tons of time switching up your theme and such.
    Its addicting.
    Will check for updates regularly.
  8. hotshotharry macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2007

    tethering (pdanet just released ! :) )
    ability to hide sms pop ups
    able to show battery in percent
    able to change rogers provider icon to something else :)
    iblacklist :)
  9. DravenGSX macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2008
    Pros: Opens the device. There is so much that can be done with it. Theming, video recorder, unix tools, etc.

    Cons: None. Seriously, I can't think of a single negative.
  10. NickMyers thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2008
    Thanks a lot for all the replies.

    Is there anything I can do to get my pictures off of my phone other than emailing each one individually?

    Will I still be able to download and install apps through the App Store?

    Thanks again!
  11. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i am not hesitant to jailbreak my ipod touch but am am for my iphone.

    is there any risk of bricking your iphone at this point?
  12. jdmstar macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2008

    Too much to name but here are a few:
    1. Winterboard
    2. Cycorder and Snapture
    3. iBlacklist
    4. Change and customize every detail of your phone so it doesnt look like a putz.
    5. PDA tether software
    6. VNC but you can do this via non jailbreak as well.
    7. Custom Themes

    1. gets wayy to addiciting to customize im still customizing it and ive only jailbreaked for 3 days.
    2. yes it does void your warranty but your a total dumba$$ if you actually went to the apple or att store with a JB iphone or itouch. I returned my iphone just 1 day ago due to a screen problem and i already jailbreaked it before that and they didnt say anything to me. I restored of course.
  13. jdmstar macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2008


    If you did then you did something extremely wrong. and even up until then you can just enter DFU mode and do a restore that way.
  14. neesh0 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario
    i have yet to see a "unbrickable" iphone, jailbreaking is very safe
  15. Denarius macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2008
    Gironde, France
    I suspect you mean 'brickable'. :)
  16. CrisK macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2007
    Does anyone know the answer to that question? I want to JB my iPhone, but I also want to connect to the official App Store and purchase some apps too.

  17. Red Sox macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2007
    Pros: ability to tether, record video, and play NES

    Cons: the damn thing becomes laggy and crashes
  18. Red Sox macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2007
    yeah it will still work
  19. staccato83 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2008
    Las Vegas
    I have to agree with the above posters about it being addicting. Especially when you start mixing and matching themes, adding different icons for your apps, changing sms colors and keyboards... there is just too much you can do.

    I ended up restoring to factory 2.1 because my battery was draining a lot faster than usual. Some users have this particular problem and some don't.

    In the end, I kind of miss being jailbroken. I will probably just do it every other weekend or so since it's so simple to do now. ;)
  20. Macgic macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2007
    If your on a Mac you can use iphoto.....

    and i don't see any reason not to JB. I have gone 2 1/2 days without charging and im constant texting and talking to ppl. its quick easy and like other ppl said you gotta be a real DA to mess up.

    for all the ppl that say that it voids your warranty they are correct but just restore and your good to go. I can confirm this as i had dead pixels on my screen and i had Jb'd with ziphone and then pwnage and they gave me a new phone.
  21. Lionheart macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2007
    Tampa, FL
    I've been JB for nearly every day since the technology existed. I've had some scary moments, but the process is very safe now if you just follow directions. The benefits FAR outweigh the cons.

    The biggest con is the fact that you get addicted to the freedom and it takes some work to get back all that functionality after a firmware update.

    Though the process is easy, don't oversimplify what your'e doing to your phone. Too many people jump into this without doing their homework. They tweak their themes, install a bunch of hacks, then as soon as new firmware shows up, they jump in and do an update and get stuck somewhere in the middle of the process. They then start crying BRICK (which appears to be extremely rare, if it really even happens at all) and whining about how much they regret ever jailbreaking their phone.

    If you decide to JB, do yourself a favor and understand the nature of what you're doing so you can undo the right things before you upgrade your firmware. That's part of the cost you pay for freedom. Don't be lazy or you're asking for some troubles... but as has been stated, you can probably overcome them with some research, because you won't be the only one.

    Oh yeah... and don't be the first one to upgrade your firmware when an update comes out. Wait for the pros to go before you and identify problems and solutions first.

    Just words to the wise...

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