FrostWire for Android

FrostWire for Android

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 2 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.0.5
File Size:
5.6MB
Date Added:
December 06, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Android 2.2/2.3 - 2.3.2/2.3.3 - 2.3.7/3.0/3.1/3.2/4.0
Total Downloads:
12,389
Downloads Last Week:
21
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: You will be taken to a third-party site to complete your download. Using P2P and file-sharing software to distribute copyrighted material without authorization is illegal in the United States and many other countries. CBS Interactive does not encourage or condone the illegal duplication or distribution of copyrighted content.

Editors' review

FrostWire for Android combines a BitTorrent smart search aggregator with a Wi-Fi sharing platform and basic media player, which provides more functionality than torrent apps like uTorrent or BitTorrent, but overall lower performance.

Pros

Great for music lovers: FrostWire for Android offers music recommendations, enabling you to download albums from interesting artists with just one tap. The powerful music search feature and the integrated music player further increase the appeal of this app for music lovers.

Handy file-sharing: You can share files on your device locally with other users with just a few taps. If you have a good connection, the sharing is quite quick.

Built-in torrents search feature: While most P2P apps require that you use your Web browser to grab torrent files before any content files can be downloaded, this one has an integrated search bar that you can use to search for specific file types, including Music, Films, and Torrents. However, this search function is far from perfect, as you'll see below.

Cons

Unreliable torrents search feature: When you try searching sites like Isohunt or PirateBay, the search takes well over a minute on average, and often fails to provide conclusive results.

Slow performance: Although we've tested this app on a good connection, the overall download speed and system performance for all types of downloads, from MP3s to movie files, proved consistently slow.

Unengaging interface: Apart from the main window, which highlights recommended artists, the app looks rather drab compared to other P2P apps available, featuring plain icons and a rather dull color scheme.

Bottom Line

FrostWire for Android brings you a media player and local file transfers -- features that other P2P apps don't have -- but suffers because of its unreliable torrents search. Still, you should give this app a go, especially if you constantly download music and want to discover new artists. If torrents are your favorites, however, you'll be better off trying one of the more popular P2P apps out there.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works perfectly!"

    April 20, 2013   |   By Malina_NY

    Version: FrostWire for Android 1.0.5

    Pros

    I was impressed. It's such a small app and it does everything I need it to. It works over Wi-Fi and 3G (the previous reviewer used a super early beta version and probably didn't turn it's wi-fi off to use 3G - that's how your Android phone works - it does one or the other :P)

    You can download any file type, but it's the most friendly for music, because it has a player build in and you get to listen to them directly from the app.

    You can access your files easier than with a file manager and share your files between devices (you just lock or unlock them for sharing!). I use that feature to transfer files between my computer, android tablet and phone without cables (you need to have FW installed and running on all devices to use this feature). Super handy and I couldn't find any other app that would do it so smoothly.

    Cons

    Really none... Maybe some missing features like playlists or video player, but that's just me getting fancy :P Before this version, the app ate a lot of battery, but it seems to be fixed with 1.0.5.

    Summary

    A must have for any android phone. Features I use most often:
    - Download music & video
    - Share what I downloaded between devices
    - Share pictures I took with friends right after I take them
    - Transferring pictures I took with my mobile to my desktop for safekeeping
    - Play music in the car (easy to change tracks without looking)

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