Both services start with letter B but which one is A+ and which one is B-? I put my own experience on the sheet. I took all the test that I did for the reviews and compiled them together here.
Let’s see who is better. Will Bitport triumph? Or will it end under tentacles of Boxopus? I will compare these services in several categories with the first one being:
It may not seem that important, but when you use something daily, you want to use the prettier service. The less messy one. The more modern one.
Bitport wins with the overall design, but Boxopus has a better logo. It has more touch, more personality, and I’d rather watch octopus, than a green anchor. The slick organization of Bitport’s cloud is something I really enjoy. However, the second category is less personal.
These are the most stable numbers I got, but it can vary for you. This speed depends on two main factors, seeds and torrent client. Torrent clients are unknown because services don’t state them publically. But seeds are something different. You know them before you add a torrent. Yes, not all seeds are equal, and not all can be treated equally because some people limit their seeding speed. That means they artificially slow down the whole downloading for others. Generally speaking, the exact numbers can vary, but the conclusion should be the same 99 out of 100 times.
(P.t. stands for Private tracker)
|Services||5 seeds||10 seeds||50 seeds||100 seeds||P.t. 14 seeds|
|Bitport||1,5 MB/s||3 MB/s||15 MB/s||42 MB/s||2,3 MB/s|
|Boxopus||120 KB/s||400 KB/s||2 MB/s||7 MB/s||203 KB/s|
The third category is the download speed. That means download speed into local machines from the services cloud.
If measuring torrent speed is hard, download speed is even harder. The connection should be the same, but try it for yourself, and you will see what I mean. The small details that can influence change almost every second, and creating some sort of standardized test may be very hard.
When I tested my real location, the speeds were almost identical, and we can not speak about any significant distance. So is it a tie?
Well, not really. Bitport has a good trick up its sleeve. They have a network of end-points – basically, servers shortening the connection. You connect to them, and they go to main Bitport servers using the high-speed connection. This advantage makes downloading much better all around the world. Boxopus doesn’t have this plus.
The last (but not least) category is other features. Here are all the extra integrations, video streaming capabilities, and other small touches that make your life as easy as pie.
Extensions are great things, and both of the services have some representants here. Boxopus has its own Chrome Extension, Bitport has Chrome, Firefox, Opera and even the Android version of Firefox. All of them work; similarly, they add torrents to your downloading queue within one or two clicks.
Video streaming is a place where Bitport has an edge. Not only is their player superior with the provided features, but they reached out, and made sure you can play your videos on all devices. From Apple Tv to Playstation, that is an impressive range.
Both services allow its users sync to Google Drive, which is as far, as their remote connectivity goes.
Both services have API. Bitport went with the traditional end-point system, Boxopus chose python script, which connects you to Boxopus. However, it is unfair to call Boxopus.py an API. It is a “web crawler” that can work as an API.
Bitport comes with many features that Boxopus doesn’t have. From RSS downloader to SFTP/FTP servers. The sync client is also a nice touch, from which many Windows users can benefit. Let’s find out who wins in a handy table.
You can clearly see the results.
|API||Video streaming||Google Drive||SFTP / FTP||Browser Extension||Server network||Extras|
|Who is winner?||Bitport||Bitport||Tied||Bitport||Bitport||Bitport||Bitport|
Both services have their pros and cons. I reviewed them in their own reviews, where I had more space to present them. In this review, I am letting these services compete.
The anchor vs the octopus was an exciting battle. Both services went a different route. Bitport aims to be multiple services, sort of “all you want” deal. Boxopus have chosen simplicity and connectivity, but the Dropbox API fiasco stroke a severe cut to its feature list.
On the terms of this battle, Bitport’s robust deal wins over Boxopus. That doesn’t mean Boxopus is inferior service, or that you should avoid it at all, that only means Bitport in these tests was better. All of us have different tastes, and someone prefers one over the other.
If you are interested in these, I would suggest reading the review of Bitport and the review of Boxopus.