Offline file transfer apps save a great deal in terms of time, cost and privacy. The popularity of these apps keeps growing every single year, in terms of downloads and frequency of use. With the average file getting bigger and bigger, it is but normal that these tools are becoming more relevant than before. With so many choices in the market, which should you choose ?
The most popular file transfer apps are ShareIt (from China), Xender (from China) and Feem (from Africa). They all permit you to share files without using the Internet. But how do they compare to each other? If you had to choose one, which will it be?
The infographic below displays an overview of the main differences between Feem v4, ShareIt v4, and Xender v3. We’ll go through each point.
Share Files Offline
Xender, ShareIt and Feem all permit you to share files offline. No Internet involved. With all three, you can also use Wi-Fi Direct to speed up transfers. With Feem, you can equally use your router’s Wi-Fi. ShareIt and Xender make you go through extra hoops in order to use your router’s Wi-Fi.
That said, speed of file transfers is very critical. From our tests, Feem v4 has consistently been the fastest. The second was ShareIt v4, and the third, Xender v3.
File Transfer Mode
ShareIt and Xender only work in half duplex mode. When you are sending a large file, the file transfer has to complete before you can receive another file.
Feem is the only file transfer app that works in full duplex mode. This means that while you are receiving a large file, you can also send a file! This is super great for productivity. You can send heavy files to your secretary, and she can send you another file at the same time.
Resume Interrupted File Transfers
Many things can go wrong when transferring large files between your devices: phone battery runs down, Wi-Fi connection gets lost, no space available on the other device, power failure, etc etc. When this happens, your file transfer becomes interrupted, and you may have to resend the files again. Sometimes, you forget you’ve already sent a file, and send it again.
Most file transfer tools, including Xender and ShareIt, annoyingly restart the file transfer from zero whenever there is an interruption. For large files, this is a huge waste of time.
Fortunately enough, Feem doesn’t behave this way. From our tests, Feem successfully resumes interrupts file transfers at the point of interruption. If you sent a 900 MB file, and only 800 MB transferred on your first try, Feem will only send 100MB on your second try. Feem is smart.
Feem is the only file transfer app that takes chat seriously. Offline Chat is great when you want to gossip in the office, or at school. It is also great for sending links, or snippets of code between your devices. You can use Feem’s chat’s feature to request a file from your secretary, who in turn will send you the file through Feem !
If you care about the security of your offline file transfers, Feem is your only choice. Feem performs TLS encryption while transferring files. ShareIt has an option to do AES encryption, but it isn’t the default. ShareIt has also had many security blunders that have been exposed to the public. Xender has no encryption.
Adware and Malware
Before choosing a file transfer app, you have to be careful about the business model of the company behind the app. Feem’s business model is simple: if you like the app, you’ll pay for it. This strategy has paid off over the years. As such, Feem doesn’t need engage in questionable revenue generating tactics.
Xender and ShareIt both have ads and app suggestions which are not only annoying, but also put your privacy at risk.
Xender has gone as far as embedding malware into their apps, which is a great violation of users’ trust. If you are using Xender, UNINSTALL XENDER NOW.
Feem has the best cross-platform support, followed by ShareIt. Feem v4 works consistently well on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows Desktop, Mac OS X and Linux. Same user interface. Same performance.
Xender only supports android and iOS. The Windows Phone version of Xender is extremely buggy. Xender also lacks proper desktop clients for Mac, Linux and Windows, and instead relies on your browser. As such, Xender cannot be used to transfer files from one desktop to another desktop, and folder transfers to and from PC are clumsy at best.
Feem answers customer queries via mail or twitter in less than 12 hours. ShareIT in less than 72 hours. Xender doesn’t have customer support.
Feem is the best offline file transfer app on all platforms.
Download Feem and start sharing files offline.