Since publishing my piece on how easy it is to jailbreak an iPhone (and now, iPad) on Sunday, I've received a lot of queries about the pros and cons are of jailbreaking and why someone would entertain rooting their iOS device to knowingly install software that exploits a security loophole.
The answer is apps. But not just any apps. The main reason that people (including myself) jailbreak their devices is to use third-party app stores (like Cydia) to install unauthorized applications. But let's not confused unauthorized with nefarious.
Some people assume that Apple has purely holistic reasons for shunning jailbreaking -- your user experience and battery will suffer! -- but there's also a profit motive. Apple would rather collect the sales commissions on apps than hand that money over to a third-party. As always, its incumbent on you to take extra precaution when installing JB apps, as there's nothing stopping the baddies from distributing malicious apps.
Now that the feds have said that jailbreaking is legal, let's have some fun. Here are my top five jailbreak applications: