With the exception of turn by turn navigation apps like Navigon and music streaming apps like Pandora, closing them is not necessary. Just try to ignore them and think of it more as a quick task switcher than a multitasking dock. The apps aren't really running; the recently used ones are in a frozen state and the others are completely closed. They don't use any CPU and they use a very, very small amount of RAM and battery.
You forgot to mention SBsettings as a must haveyes rebooting helps of course... but my Windows PC boots faster than my iPhone 4 ugh. Then when it does reboot 50% of the time it is in safe mode and springboard has to restart. I'm going to start zapping Cydia apps that I can do without. If it came down to it all I really need is BiteSMS and MyWi. I think if I can get down to not needing Mobile Substrate I will do better. Just not liking the pig that my iPhone 4 has turned into .
Yes I am for sure deleting backgrounder. Maybe I will start with just that and see how it goes. I didn't want to get into a marathon tweaking session on 4.x with 5.x so close now.Wow, that sucks. I just timed mine and it only took 63 seconds. Mine does occasionally reboot into safe mode as well; I'm guessing roughly one out of every twenty five reboots, but I do have lots of Cydia apps/tweaks and themes.
I'd try it without Backgrounder. I abandoned it long ago since it was buggy on 4.x and I found I could get by with stock multitasking just fine. I was very resistent to it at first (thought it was too dumbed down and didn't allow for any customization or user control), but SwitcherMod added pretty much everything I need and I'm happy with it now.
While I definitely agree about SBSettings, it needs Mobile Substrate. I had this feeling Mobile Substrate was an issue because of the safe mode issue. But as I wrote above I am going to start by just getting rid of Backgrounder. Fingers crossed that it helps….You forgot to mention SBsettings as a must have
My 3GS isn't that slow, but it amazes me the decrease in ram from apps in the background. Give me Bitesms & sbsettings and I could probably live without a jailbreak.