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There are so many applications and add-ons available on Cydia. From useless fart soundboards to applications that allow you to access system files and strings of your ipod’s firmware.

Here are our top picks:

Number 1 would have to be an add-on called “SBSettings” by BigBoss. This add-on will give you a condensed version of the Settings application already provided by apple that can be accessed by swiping your finger across the status bar. A window will slide down allowing you to toggle the following options:

  1. 3G
  2. Bluetooth
  3. Brightness
  4. Edge
  5. FastNotes (An extremely light version of the Notes application, the name is self-explanatory)
  6. Location
  7. Airplane Mode
  8. Processes (Provides the ability to view applications that may be slowing down your device by running in the background, also lets you terminate them)
  9. Wi-Fi

Other toggles can be added by downloading them from Cydia or by downloading certain add-ons. You will also be able to toggle settings like numeric battery, numeric Wi-Fi, Date in the Status Bar and many others. Other capabilities include, hiding application icons and adding applications to the SBSettings dock for quick access.

Number 2, an application called “Backgrounder”. This application is extremely useful if you are a multi-tasker, let’s say your downloading an application on a file from Safari, and at the same time, you want to show one of your friends a hilarious video on Youtube, but you don’t want to quit Safari because of your download. If you have this application, all you have to do is hold down the Home Button and wait for the message “Backgrounding Enabled” to appear in a small dialog box, then let go and you will be brought to your home screen, allowing you to run any other application, in this case Youtube. Then, once your done with your video, simply go back to Safari and continue whatever it is you were doing.

The following images shows the processes running in the background. Even though I am on my home screen, there are 4 applications still running.

Number 3 is an application called “iFile” by BigBoss again, it allows you to directly access system files and string, giving you the ability to edit or modify them at will. **CAUTION** if you do not know EXACTLY what you are doing, and we mean EXACTLY don’t even download this application, the slightest mistake may lead to having to restore your device. Never the less, if you do know how to use it, it is very useful when it comes to editing themes or system strings. A tutorial will soon be up, on how and why you may use iFile.

Number 4, Installous. The goal of this application is to replicate an the AppStore by Apple. The only thing is, everything is free!! You may not find every single app in the AppStore, but almost all of them are there, well at least the good and popular ones. The use of the app is pretty straight forward, but for those of you who still aren’t iPod oriented a tutorial for Installous is available here.

Number 5, WinterBoard of course. For those who dont know it, WinterBoard is an application that will apply themes downloaded from Cydia to your devices, changing the icons, backgrounds, lock clock, sliders, loading screens, Wi-Fi logo, carrier logo. Basically everything that is graphical can be modified, removed or changed. If you have never heard of it, or do not know where to get it or how to use it, we wrote a tutorial a while back just about WinterBoard, go here.

Number 6, an add-on created by David Ashman called LockInfo. This will enable you to view your emails, the weather, events in your calender and much more directly on your lock screen. Very cool thing to have, helps stay organised, and is quick and easy.

We are well aware that there are many other packages available on Cydia that have yet to be discovered and may even be considered indispensable, if you know of any, or have any questions about the packages mentioned earlier, feel free to write about them in the comment box below. Also, as we discover them, if we feel that they are worthy to be posted on this page, we will, so do not worry, there is more to come.

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