Invented by the brilliant Bram Cohen, BitTorrent is one of the ground breaking technological advancements of this century. The Nobel Prize does not include computer science as a category, otherwise BitTorrent would surely have been awarded one. Sadly, it is forever linked to piracy as many among us overlook the other possibilities for a protocol which distributes large files with such ease.
For one reason or another, lots of us use a BitTorrent client to download and distribute files online. Now that mobile phones (particularly Android powered ones) are rivalling computers with their processing power, it’s only natural to carry a P2P client in your pocket. tTorrent is one such torrent client, but how does it stack up?
tTorrent is available in both free and paid versions. The full paid version of the app has no download speed limits (while the lite version is limited to 250 kbps) and no ads. The app has a rapid development cycle, and you can install it on all Android powered devices running version 1.6 and up.
Ease of Use
Launch Screen and Menu Options
To begin with, there is no user interface to speak of. The app opens to near nothingness and you will have to tap Menu to bring up the options available. I tried searching for a torrent and was informed that I would have to install the Transdroid search engine. Since it looked absolutely necessary for performing a search and downloading a torrent, I went ahead and installed Transdroid.
Installing Transdroid and Search Results
Once I installed the Transdroid search engine, tTorrent got a new lease of life. You can search any file type (be responsible though) you want and the app will list all the available torrent files. All the torrent files carry the date of creation, file size, and the total number of seeds and peers available. It’s good to see that the torrent files are displayed in the descending order of the number of seeds, ensuring high speed downloads.
File Selection Screen
Tap the file name to bring up the Download Options screen. From here, you can see the files contained in the package and can initiate the download. Once you click download, the app starts instantly. Even the lite version of the app supports multiple downloads and hence you can add as many files as you want to the download queue.
Discovery and Settings
Searching for torrents by typing in keywords isn’t the only way of discovery in tTorrent. You can subscribe to RSS feeds and start downloading new files that are added at the site you are monitoring with the app. You can control the frequency of refreshing the RSS feed from the Settings screen.
Adding RSS Feeds and Settings Screen
By default, simultaneous downloads are turned on and if you wish to download one file after another, head over to the Settings screen to change it. In fact, tTorrent has one of the most comprehensive Settings screens I have come across in any Android app. From the download speed and file directory to the choice of torrent search engine, there is a whole lot of options for you to choose from.
Download Queue & Folder View
Out of the box, tTorrent supports downloads from WiFi connections only. This is a sensible decision from the part of the developer and prevents casual users and the less tech savvy from a mammoth data charge from the carrier. However, if you really want to splurge, options to download via WiMax or any other data connection can be found in the Settings screen.
In the same manner, the app has multiple options to control the download. You can stop the download at ay point (and resume it later), remove and delete the file as well as the original .torrent, recheck the download, or move the file from the current directory. tTorrent is capable of downloading a maximum of 4GB per file to FAT32 formatted SD cards, but there is no such limit for other file systems.
One quirk I noticed while using the app was that I couldn’t stop the download by tapping on the file. It took me a few minutes to figure it out, but if you hold your finger on the file name for a few seconds, the options menu pops up and you can proceed from there. Pausing or stopping the download with a single click would be a welcome addition.
For a free app, tTorrent is feature-packed. Support for trackerless torrent downloads is another welcome addition to the already awesome app. Admittedly, it could use a better interface, but it’s still downright functional.
Since there was a mention of a paid version of the app, I searched for it in the Android Market to no avail. Looks like you will have to contact the developer to get the licensed version. Pretty round-about way of doing things, I would say. Overall, I highly recommend tTorrent for all your on-the-go torrenting needs!