The Installers: A Comparison.

Discussion in 'iOS Jailbreak & Cydia' started by spoonforknife, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. spoonforknife

    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2007
    Messages:
    6,896
    Likes Received:
    317
    THE INSTALLERS: A COMPARISON
    d p o o n y

    • Manufacturer: RiP Dev
    • Source: Closed Source
    • Pros:
      • Simple user interface
      • Faster source refreshing.
      • Tasks menu.
      • Applications don't close when they are no longer shown.
      • Applications not restricted by Apple's restrictions.
    • Cons:
      • Closed source.
      • Incredibly laggy
      • Messy source adding interface.
      • So-so interface.
      • Not many sources or applications at this point.
      • Little to no support from RiP Dev and developers.
      • Repeat packages.
      • Not very good for developers.
      • Lack of search function.
      • New applications aren't shown.
    • Review: Installer 4 was awaited by many and fell the farthest from expectations. It's laggy interface due to "extra graphical flair," and lack of features implemented long before in previous versions alienated some users. It's also closed source and had a new source format. The new source format helped make Installer refresh sources faster, but old sources from previous versions become invalid and had to be recoded. Installer 4 is not very good, and I also advise waiting for updates.

    • Manufacturer: Saurik (Jay Freeman)
    • Source: Open Sourced
    • Pros:
      • Open sourced.
      • Fast and not laggy.
      • Many developer tools.
      • Variety of FAQs on home view.
      • Changes view for updates and new packages.
      • Search function includes both repositories and packages.
      • Fully customizable including which types of packages you want to see, and what sections you want viewable.
      • Repository adding easy and quick.
      • Applications don't close when they are no longer shown.
      • Applications not restricted by Apple's restrictions.
      • Support for terminal commands for updates, installs, refreshes, and uninstalls.
    • Cons:
      • Some people do not like the interface.
      • Repository refreshing is sometimes rather slow.
      • Applications not supported as well as App Store applications.
      • Cannot exit Cydia until the package installs.
    • Review: Cydia was the first jailbreak application to 2.0, and the best. It's easy to use interface, supplemented with new source adding, plus with far more features than the laggy Installer 4, Cydia dominates the competition. Its customizable lists help narrow down results to help the end user and it can only get better.

    • Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
    • Source: Closed Source
    • Pros:
      • No jailbreak required.
      • Full Apple and Developer support staff.
      • Very snazzy visuals and interface.
      • No sources to manage.
      • Very little lag.
      • Apps install in the background.
      • App Reviews available.
      • No repositories or manual refreshing to deal with.
      • Easy updates.
    • Cons:
      • Closed Source.
      • Applications close when exited.
      • Requires iTunes account.
      • Requires credit card or iTunes gift card.
      • Many applications far overpriced.
      • New applications aren't shown.
    • Review: The App Store was the first tool for distribution of applications for the iPod touch and iPhone on 2.0. The first of its kind, the App Store was done incredibly well. With Apple support, a fantastic interface, and thousands of applications ready for download, the App Store was incredibly well done. Unfortunately, it requires iTunes being supported in your country. If you don't have a credit card or iTunes not being supported in your country: you have no App Store. Despite minor gripes, the App Store is a fantastic application installer for the iPhone and iPod touch.

    Based on counting the ratios between pros and cons, Cydia automatically wins by a large margin. From the tone of the reviews, you can probably tell that the feature deprived Installer 4 falls far behind its predecessor (Installer 3), and thus, the App Store. Cydia just has done so much better than Installer, carries more features than the App Store, and does so much as an open source application. Cydia is the best Installer on 2.0 for now, and this guide will be updated to reflect that. Stay tuned, and here are the current results below.

    1. Cydia
    2. App Store
    3. Installer
  2. RenegadeKrogan

    RenegadeKrogan Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2008
    Messages:
    1,744
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks for this. I totally agree. I like Cydia a lot. I do not think you should have included the AppStore though. Installer is in beta so I would have to put that last. Thanks for the list.
  3. thechungster

    thechungster Super Moderator Emeritus

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2007
    Messages:
    6,886
    Likes Received:
    4
    Device:
    iPhone 4 (Black)
  4. EMForce

    EMForce New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2008
    Messages:
    615
    Likes Received:
    0
    WOOT cydia
  5. spoonforknife

    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2007
    Messages:
    6,896
    Likes Received:
    317
  6. RenegadeKrogan

    RenegadeKrogan Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2008
    Messages:
    1,744
    Likes Received:
    0
  7. Task

    Task New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2008
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    I dont understand peoples love affair with Installer.

    Great Read!
  8. Gitykins

    Gitykins Banned

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    Messages:
    3,760
    Likes Received:
    1
    Cydia is freaking epic. Why don't you add in for pros that it has support for terminal commands for updates, installs, refreshes, and uninstalls without ever even opening it?
  9. spoonforknife

    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2007
    Messages:
    6,896
    Likes Received:
    317
    Thanks Gitykins, I've added that to Cydia's pros.
  10. wyvern706

    wyvern706 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2008
    Messages:
    414
    Likes Received:
    3
    i wont go to installer for a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time

    CYDIA FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Share This Page