LockInfo vs IntelliscreenX for iOS 5 jailbreak: which should you use?
Super social and incredibly integrated IntelliscreenX takes on quick content and plug-in powerhouse LockInfo in a battle of the jailbreak notification apps
Jailbroken on iOS 5 and wondering whether you should get LockInfo or IntelliscreenX? While both are utilities that aim to give you more control over your iPhone notifications and lockscreen, they do have key differences. Which is better for you?
LockInfo for iOS 5
LockInfo by David Ashman has been a long time favorite of mine when it comes to enhancing lockscreen functionality and gaining more control over native notifications. It still lives up to its reputation under iOS 5. LockInfo is really aimed at folks who'd like to have more control of how notifications behave and how they're presented. If you don't want certain information in notification center, you can disable it but still view it on your lockscreen, and vice versa. You can completely customize what appears where and how.
LockInfo also has built-in support for several different messaging applications including BiteSMS, Quickreply for SMS, iRealSMS, and more. Regardless what messaging replacement app you choose, LockInfo probably has you covered.
When it comes to content, LockInfo adds a few nice features that aren't given to you stock. One of my favorites is access to your favorite contacts directly from notification center and your lockscreen. Tapping a contact allows you to call, FaceTime, or message them. It's a nice little feature that you wouldn't think you needed but quickly realize you don't want to go without.
LockInfo also works in conjunction with many plug-ins. Some are distributed by David Ashman himself while others were created by other 3rd party developers. Given the amount of time LockInfo has been around, there are tons of plug-ins and add-ons for it. Some of the most popular ones include ToDo by Appigo, Twitter, Weather, and RSS.
You'll find a few built-in themes that you can switch between such as a classic iOS version, the classic LockInfo version, and a few more. Since LockInfo has been around for quite a while many developers have made themes for it as well. Some complete themes will even have a LockInfo theme attached. Yes, it's that widely accepted in the jailbreak community.
IntelliscreenX for iOS 5
Intelliborn has been around for a long time and has created many apps within the jailbreak community, including the original version of Intelliscreen. While I always preferred LockInfo over the original version, IntelliscreenX has come a long way in terms of functionality. Anyone who is heavy into social media and has to have quick access to Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds will want to look no further than IntelliscreenX.
You can add all these widgets as separate pages and reply or post status updates directly from your notification center or lockscreen. The only down side I've seen to this is the accelerated battery drain.
Messages+ also comes built-in to IntelliscreenX as well. While I've been a huge fan of BiteSMS for a long time, Messages+ will definitely give Bite a run for its money. I love the tight integration with the default messaging app. There's nothing to install and very little to configure. It just works how it's supposed to and adds quick reply support.
Considering Messages+ is typically $7.99 on its own, you get a pretty good deal considering IntelliscreenX is $2 more. So if you're not keen on paying for LockInfo and Bite or Messages+, IntelliscreenX may be a better value for many people.
LockInfo vs IntelliscreenX -- which is better?
Both LockInfo and IntelliscreenX are highly competitive jailbreak apps and which is better can change every time one of them is updated. For now I think IntelliscreenX has an an edge over LockInfo. LockInfo is an amazing utility, but users who are heavily into social networking and Facebook will benefit more from IntelliscreenX and its tight integration with iOS 5.
If you are more concerned with having control over plug-ins and where content is presented, go with LockInfo. But for now, I'm giving my vote to IntelliscreenX.
While I may personally prefer IntelliscreenX, I know there are tons of you out there who probably disagree. Let us know what you use and why! Make sure you also check out all our jailbreak resources below for more reviews, guides, and tips!
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I have favourites, multi-tasking, calendar, and music controls added, lockinfo doesn't (to my knowledge) support these added functionalities.
ISX's biggest plus for me is the "top shelf" that allows you to hide toggles and other widgets/addons so you can get to them only when you need them. My biggest peeves with ISX are the fact that you can't hardly customize it at all, forcing the user to just "deal with" the unnaturally large spacing with data rows. For example, one week of my calendar previews nearly takes up half the screen in ISX, while in Lockinfo I can choose the spacing, font size, and the maximum number of entries shown in the next X days. ISX is like "Hurrrr here's your next X days to look at. I don't care if you have 200 things in the next X days, I'm showing you all of them!" Talk about annoying. Another thing that drives me up a wall is the half-assed, text-based email "previews" Intelliborn offers. Seriously?
Lockinfo is cheaper and packs more content for the user, while IntelliscreenX has power-hungry "pages" for twitter, rss, email, and facebook feeds and a nifty top-shelf.
***** Fortunately, I'm able to use IntelliscreenX for my notification center and Lockinfo for my lockscreen, which weighs out nicely. The BIGGEST PLUS is that I can, in a sense, combine the two in the notification center. If I set Lockinfo's notification center setting to "customized center", it incorporates almost seamlessly with IntelliscreenX and replaces their ugly-ass previews with Lockinfo's nearly perfect previews (email/calendar/etc).
Also, like you said.. I like Messenger+
Great Eval by the way!
Yeah, I know there are several messaging tweaks that offer different things, so it would be nice to know what the pros and cons are of each of them, and which comes out on top (prolly biteSMS lol).
Messages+ is simple and works with the native SMS app. you get QR, QC (both with the ability to send MMS) plus Manual Banner Dismiss, which i love
there is a 3 day trial for Messages+ (standalone) maybe give that a try and see what you think?
you use an Activator gesture for QC just like bite. by default you swipe up from the bottom of the screen but i change mine to double tap statusbar and double tap clock while in LS
I installed ISX the other day on an iPhone 4 that was running fine.
A few hours later, when I tried to close(?) ISX, my screen went blank, and wouldn't come back. Subsequent power down/restart attempts later, and I found myself putting the phone into recovery mode so that I could restore and rejailbreak my device.
This is only the second or third time that I've tried an Intelliborn product, and every time has resulted in myavingtoreload my phone.
Perhaps I'm an isolated case, perhaps not. Either way, I'm afraid that I'm not horribly impressed.
What are you using to get your normal Notification screen transparent??
this especially works great with IntelliScreenX as you can see below (the lightning bolt on the right side of my statusbar is the charging indicator)
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Also, since IOS5, I have a Pb with li. When I power on my iPhone 4 with the power button, it does turn on, but immediately goes back to sleep, If I quickly press again the power button, it then stays on. Anyone else experiences this?
K2IntelliscreenX toggles just make intelliscreenX and SBSettings look awesome!
Can you comment on the Calendar functionality of the two programs? I'm frustrated that NC only shows the default calendar events -- can both Lock Info and IntelliscreenX handle other calendar programs, like Informant? From the video, it looked to me like IntelliscreenX could, but I wasn't certain about LockInfo.
The only thing really bugging me about Intelliscreen right now is the lack of favorite phone contacts on the Intelliscreen.
Don't see any setting to add phone contact favorites to Intelliscreen. Is there a setting or a plugin to do this?
And, speaking of plugins, is there a place to get cool plugins for Intelliscreen?
Is LockInfo any better about this?
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