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Torrent Downloading for Nokia N900

22 October 2009Entry by

Torrent DownloadEvery time we read about the Nokia N900 being compared with a desktop computer, there are contrary feelings. Some of us may feel excited and some may react in a more defensive way and have misgivings about this (It´s all right to think that way, diversity it´s always good in my opinion).

For both kinds of people here is some exciting news. Have you ever imagine downloading a torrent from your mobile “phone”? Now with the Nokia N900 is possible.  Using a P2P Client app, called Transmission (for more info please click here) you can go to any torrent page and download whatever you want (the last episode of your favorite TV-Show, a movie, etc.). However, you have to be careful with a few things.

First, the Transmission app is still a beta version so it could have some bugs but once the final version comes out you can forget about this. Secondly, you are only able to download a complete one file video, because the Nokia N900 doesn´t have any file integrator utility yet. Finally, it´s when downloading the torrent there is a lack of multitasking. I couldn´t get more info about this issue. I don´t know if it happens because the downloading process requires too much processing power or if it´s due to some software development problem.

On the video, the downloading file size is around the 380 mb and on 40 minutes the download is finished. Considering that the phone is using a Wi-Fi connection, it´s a good performance in my opinion. Once finished the download, you can watch the video and enjoy it.

So, which would be the conclusion? Basically it´s an important improvement that shows the power of the Nokia N900 and as I said at the beginning, it´s just justifying a little bit more the comparison against a desktop computer. However, the multitasking issue has to be taken into account, because the phone becomes useless while during the download process. So, is it really a good idea to download torrent files from the phone? Considering also that the best way of doing it is through a Wi-Fi network (although the mobile networks technologies are improving the transmission speed very quick), I don´t think so. Not for everyday use at least, but it´s very good on some special situation like on vacations where you don´t carry a computer with you.



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