Jailbroken? Grab These
Two months ago, I threw together my thoughts on what I thought were essential jailbreak apps. Quite a few people requested I post a follow up but I hadn’t got around to it. Today, I picked up an app that I felt has been necessary for a while but never saw it. I figured I’d pimp it out and a few others that some folks may not be aware of.
MANUALCORRECT: As stated above, this is the app that got me writing this piece. Every iPhone user can attest to how annoying the autocorrect feature can be. There’s even a web site with funny examples of the feature putting the screws to people’s text messages. This particular app puts the corrections back in the hands of the user. It works very much like a word processor with spelling errors. A “squiggly line” is placed underneath any word that the phone would have corrected beforehand. If you want to keep the word then leave it. If it is a legitimate error then you simply tap on the word and ManualCorrect pulls the top 3 suggested corrections from the database. You tap the suggestion you want and move along. As a person who is plagued by “To” correcting my “Yo” (I start A LOT of texts with Yo for some reason) this was a Godsend. It also forces me to proofread what I’m writing.
UNLIMTONES: I went looking for this after growing increasingly frustrated with Apple essentially blocking MP3 dumping of a song for a ringtone. There are workarounds but frankly I don’t believe I should have to spend the time changing file types just to get a 30 second clip on my iPhone. This app not only handed me the means to get whatever file I want on my iPhone as a ringtone, it also taps into a MASSIVE database of clips ranging from as small as 1 second for text notifications all the way to 30 seconds for loafting on getting a phone call. You just plug in the name of the song you want into the search engine and it’ll pick it up for you. You can sample the song online before downloading in case it isn’t to your liking. Also, if for some reason you can’t find the song/ringtone in the database then you can make your own. Just throw the music into your iPhone, tell the app to make a ringtone and you can cut the exact portion of the track into whatever notification you want. Please be careful to pick up “Unlimtones” as opposed to “Unlimitones” as they are entirely different apps with the former far superior to the latter in functionality.
MY3G: Despite the list of apps in the picture, I grabbed this to show that little checkmark beside FaceTime. As every iPhone4 user has found out by now, you need to have WiFi in order to use the FaceTime feature. There’s method to the madness as FaceTime can be bandwidth consuming and if you don’t have a strong 3G signal, the integrity of the video chat will suffer if not D/C. That being said, if I want to FaceTime with Jayme while lying on the couch in the break room at work, I’m going to do it BECAUSE I CAN! My3G checks your applications that require WiFi and supplants it with your 3G signal. It’s entirely seemless, you just see a quick pop up for 1/2 second letting you know the switch has been made. You can customize it to activate or not per each app on your iPhone as well. As stated above, My3G functionality can be bandwidth consuming so please be particular about how you use it.
MULTIFL0W: Note that’s a zero and not an “O” I was originally going to put this into my first post as I live and breathe this app. The problem was I couldn’t take a snapshot of what was on my screen because of the way it works. Then I got frustrated trying to re-assign activation methods in SBSettings. ANYWAY, I just lifted this picture to make my life easier. I found the standard iOS “multitasking” very lacking. Multifl0w completely changes the way you switch between applications. Just double tap the home button and it shows you the 9 most recent apps as last seen by the phone. Tap on the app and it brings it to the forefront. Drag the apps any way you want for priority/asthetics. Close apps from the multitask screen without the annoying hold down shaky icons. It is the far superior way to navigate applications on your iPhone.
That wraps up this go around. I’m hopeful tomorrow I’ll have a write up on what I thought were the best free apps for iPad. Sorry Val, I know I told you today but it’ll have to wait the extra day.
Next week I’ll try to hit up 4 more jailbreak apps, primarily focusing on the guts of the phone.