Should You Buy An Iphone?

So, you haven't yet bought an iPhone since its original release quite a time ago. Should you buy one now, or should you wait for something even better, as obviously, even this extraordinary gadget has its flaws. Here, I will present some reasons for buying and a few for not buying this really trendy phone.

Why Shouldn't You Buy An Iphone?

Of course, an almost infinite list can quite easily be compiled of reasons for not buying an iPhone, as it has a lot of flaws and disdvantages, like any electronic device, for that matter. Just look anywhere on the internet and you will be reading the sixty-seven reasons not to buy an iPhone or the twenty-four problems with iPhones, but I will simply summarize the major drawbacks.

When you buy an iPhone in the United States, you have to subscribe to a two-year service plan with AT&T, at a price that's probably not to your liking, and to activate your phone on another network or to use it outside the United States, you will have to unlock it, which can cause possible harm to your phone. The network supported by an iPhone is a 2.5G EDGE network, and web browsing can be really slow sometimes. Apple is planning to release a new 3G iPhone soon, so why not wait for the new product?

While browsing on the web is quite comfortable using Apple's Safari, some would want to use other browsers, which is not possible, iPhones moreover don't support flash, so you will be simply unable to use some sites. There's also a real lack of variety of applications, and as Apple doesn't yet fully support third-party applications, you will only be able to install some by hacking your iPhone. Sseeing this lack of support for creativity from Apple really spoils its image and positions it among the capitalist monsters.

And Why Should You Eventually Buy An Iphone?

Besides all these, the iPhone is a really exciting, useful and trendy gadget, on which you can browse the web in quite a comfortable manner, listen to music, watch videos or movies, get information any time of the day and use it as a phone. Some declare that after owning an iPhone they wouldn't even need a laptop. And though you cannot officially use it with other carriers or install third-party applications, it is quite easy to sidestep this and connect to any carrier or install as many application as you want, as unlocking and hacking your iPhone is really easy.

Finally, an iPhone looks really hip and trendy, you can watch your friends not owning an iPhone drooling over yours for hours on an end and access any information you want any time. Moreover, with the expected release of the iPhone 3G, prices are bound to drop even more, so go ahead and buy an iPhone if you don't find any major fault with it, as soon as prices drop sufficiently.

Tutorial To IPhone Hacks

As can be expected, with the appearance of the first iPhones, the first iPhone hacks came into existence and have been around, spreading since then. DVD Jon, notorious for various reverse engineering projects (which means getting details of systems one is not supposed to know) was the first to write a software program to hack his iPhone just five days after the original release date. And though he was not yet able to hack his iPhone in such a way as to be able to get activated on another carrier, other than AT&T, he could use all the other functions of his iPhone. Many have followed in his footsteps in iPhone hacks since then, with a varied set of intentions and methods.

Types of iPhone Hacks

It could quite simply be asserted that the two basic kinds of hacks are the good and the bad hacks. There are the ones that help you unlock your phone, so that you should be able to use another carrier apart from AT&T, whether you need this option to use your phone outside the United States or becasue you are not comfortable with AT&T's pricing. Some want to hack their iPhones not even to choose another carrier, but just to be able to use third-party applications, which is not normally supported by Apple. Then there are the so-called bad hacks, when some hackers try to hack iPhones and Apple's system to get details of other iPhone users and thus be able to get passwords, personal and private information.

Brick, Firmware, Jailbreaking

There are some basic terms you should be familiar with, which you could have already encountered but are not sure about their meaning. The term brick refers to a hardware which becomes unusable for one reason or another. Hacking your iPhone can basically render it inoperable, or it can become unuseable if you update your iPhone and Apple has something new built in to make your hacked iPhone useless. Some hackers though are constantly working on writing newer and newer hacks, which can possibly recover your iPhone.

The firmware is basically the operating system and programming, the basic and in-depth specifics, which are not available to the everyday user. Apple periodically releases updates that fix former bugs and offers new features, and will possibly work on and stop iPhone hacks. Firmware version 1.1.1. is quite famous for rendering many iPhones useless, turning them into bricks, although a fix was released some weeks later.

IPhones are naturally built in such a way that users are unable to modify the operating system and basic software. Jailbreak is a type of iPhone hack in which the user can gain access to the inner structure and thus modify it, either to unlock the iPhone or install and run third-party applications not approved by Apple.