BitTorrent Sync Review

Peer-to-peer downloads are usually labelled as being the key source of software and media piracy, but is it really all that bad?

BitTorrent Sync is a peer-to-peer medium for downloading and uploading files. It functions very much like BitTorrent, except instead of .torrent files, the app gives you a unique link and permissions which you can set, so your files are always secure.
It is also extremely easy to use, as syncing folders is as simple as scanning a QR code, or pushing the unique URL to the device of your choice (mainly, your Android smartphone/tablet). Since it’s peer-to-peer too, your files do not go through any external server or computer, which means your files go straight to your device without any delay.

Pros:

  • Sync files from device to device without hassle
  • Simple intuitive interface
  • Camera Backup ensures that your photos are always in sync with your PC/other device

Cons:

  • Interface design looks odd (Material floating action button but Holo action bar)
  • Can be slow if either PC or smartphone has a slow Internet connection
  • Always-on notification can be a little clunky

Screenshots:

Need to backup your files right now? Head over to the Google Play Store to grab BitTorrent Sync here:

You can get the desktop client here:

What do you think, is peer-to-peer networking the future of cloud computing? Let me know in the comments below!