iPod touch iOS 4.1 v jailbreaking

I recently upgraded my ipod touch from iOS 3.1.3 to 4.1. I’d waited as I was experimenting with the additional facilities available through jailbreaking but as my iPod was low on space and beginning to run very slowly I decided to upgrade and see what Apple had improved.

the first thing I noticed when upgrading to iOS 4.1 is that my 8gb iPod now only has 6.83gb of free space. Whether this is due to files installed during the 3.1.3 jailbreak I’m not sure but would appreciate any helpful comments on the matter!

I also noted the battery drain. I had hoped Apple would have resolved this issue by now as it now means my device barely lasts a full working day. I don’t want to start carrying a charge cable!

Some improvements were the speed increase in using the iPod apps – they definitely load faster – and the introduction of folders to store similar apps in. This makes my home screen less cluttered and allows me to have a handy folder of quick links to my most used websites.

But as the days went by I missed the ability to multi task, to adjust the brightness with a swipe of the title bar, to sync via wifi. Having a jail broken ipod brings me more benefit than hassle it seems, so back I went.

Except that with an iOS upgrade the options for jailbreaking are reduced. I opted for greenpois0n which took a few attempts but eventually worked once I’d shut down iTunes. Setting up Cydia was easy and within a few hours I was back to having a very useful device. OK the battery still drains quickly but the combination of iOS 4 and a great user community has once again made my purchase a joy to use.

Better go and charge it now…

Ian

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