It all started when Apple showed us gestures for iOS 4.3 … then took them away. I wanted gestures! Then, I read that people were able to jailbreak the 4.3 Beta to get them. So, I decided to "test" a jailbreak of my iPad's version (4.2.1) to see how hard it would be to jailbreak (and if I liked it). I figured that if I mucked it up, I could always go back to "stock." Then, if I liked the jailbreak, I would then be ready make the changes necessary to jailbreak 4.3 for the gestures.
I was a complete newbie to any of the jailbreak scene. I researched, read and agonized over the decision. Then, I decided to go for it! So, with trepidation, I started my first jailbreak and, believe you me - I was scared to death! I did not want to ruin my beautiful iPad. But, I downloaded the greenpois0n file and followed the directions. Heh. I didn't have any trouble. Within minutes, I was browsing around Cydia. Cool!
Man, jailbreaking is easy! But my main question was: What are the benefits? That answer is very difficult to find - especially when you consider that the answer is different for everyone. I found lots of reviews, lots of "you gotta do this" sites and lots of weird terms I didn't quite understand. So, I thought I'd share with you what the bennies I got from jailbreaking. For two reasons, mainly: (1) So maybe one of you can get the answer to "what are the benefits?" and (2) because no one else cares what my "new" toy (and the jailbreak) can do! My family just rolls their eyes. At least this way, when you roll your eyes, I can't see it. :-)
So, I wrote up a document, with pictures, of the various tweaks and things I've found to do to my iPad. It's here (a PDF in my Dropbox public folder):
Benefits From Jailbreaking
It ended up being pretty (okay, very!) long, so read it at your own risk.
Couple of things (a disclaimer): This is what I have on my iPad … I jailbroke my iPad at MY own risk … if you jailbreak yours, it's at YOUR own risk … Apple does not condone jailbreaking and if they "catch" you, you will void your warranty.
Bottom line: Jailbreaking an iPad running iOS version 4.2.1 will allow you to customize enough that you only need to use the sleep or home button to turn on the iPad. Everything else can be done via software/gestures. Plus, you can do a whole BUNCH of other stuff! So, I'm keeping the jailbreak… I got my gestures and I like it!
As always - YMMV.