Thursday, 14 July 2011

I Jailbroke my iPad

I jailbroke my iPad last week to see what everyone was raving about.  I promptly crashed the device, and I'm impressed by how well the device and the jailbreak works.  Apple have built a device that if it fails to reboot twice (approx 10-15 minutes on the black screen with the silver Apple) the device will go into safe mode. I didn't even know that there was a safemode for the iPad let alone any iDevices.

What had happened is that since I was on an 3G iPad I was looking for software that would flesh out my iPad experience.  I wanted a SMS tool so I could send and recieve text messages so I installed an Cydia App called I believe "iRealSMS 2.0" which didn't work just closes when you start it so I ignored it and that was the problem.  I then installed Winterboard onto the device and Winterboard requires a reboot so when I rebooted I ened up in safe mode and was thinking that the problem was with Winterboard.  Also when I held down my finger on the icon so that it wobbles and could be removed there was no (x) to remove the app.  Eventually I found that the Cydia App has an installed section that allows you to remove installed apps.  Since the Apple App Store doesn't have this I didn't even think about it.

So I uninstalled Winterboard and rebooted but still ended up in safe mode so I then looked at what else I had installed and removed the iRealSMS app and rebooted and hey presto one fully working iPad.  I am so impressed with how the Cydia App Store allows you to uninstall apps.  This of course is because not all apps you buy on the Cydia Store are run via an icon.  For example there is an App "RetinaPad" available for $2.99 this will take any and all iphone apps that have not been updated for the iPhone4 and smooth the rendering for you when you hit the (x2) button.  The quality is amazing and I'll quote here "It's how Apple should have done it".

Other benefits are Choose Web Browser.  Which allows you to specify what browser to open when you click a link in youTube,  Hopefully it will be updated to aloow yout to completely override the browser so that if you click a link it opens that browser rather than Safari.

One thing I noticed is that most Apps are not free except for the thousands of themes that seem to fill the store and navigating the store is not great.  I guess I just got used to the way that the Apple Store does things.  There is a nice list of iPad Extensions & products designed for the iPad but there is no More button to see more of these type of apps.  Also when searching there is nothing that tells you if the App works on an iPad.  If the search result has got blue text then its a paid for app of its Grey then its free.

I see that there is a iRealSMS 3.0 which is a paid for app $12.99 but thats a bit steep since it doesn't give a big description in the store.

If anyone has any decent Apps that I should check out let me know in the comments.