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Nova Video Downloader App - An In-depth Review by archgoke: 10:41am On Jul 07, 2019
Streaming video has become a habit for most of us, from watching News updates to cat videos and so much more, and we spend a surprisingly large amount of time online watching one content or the other. But it can be bothersome having to stream the same video over and over again, so in most case we find one-way or the other to download it for future viewing. But when it comes to doing this on an Android device, things become a little more complex. Since most mobile browsers do not come with a means to download videos directly your options are limited to using a dedicated app for this and this can be a hassle in finding the right app for you.
After going through and using a variety of apps that the Android store has to offer, I finally settled for “Nova Video Downloader” also commonly called “Video Downloader Pro”. You might ask why after all the large selections available, I would pick this over the rest and to answer that you have to take a look at some of the feature this downloader offers that makes it a cut above the rest.
So let's break it down into the Pros and Cons of the app and why I feel it was a worthwhile choice:

The Pros:
Starting off with some of the things i liked about the app.
It supports a variety of download formats such as MP3, M4A, MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, WMV, M3U8, PDF, APK, PNG, JPEG, etc, Plus it is an MP4 and M3U8 downloader. This means that as long as what i wish to download falls under any of these, i can easily grab it using the app. This is a key point because not all downloaders allow you to get both video and audio format on a site and in some cases, you might have to use separate apps to get this done.
Ease of Use: The interface is simple with no overly highlighted or accented colors which make this not as eye-catching as some others i have used but to me, this is a good thing. The developers focused more on the user experience and being able to NOT need a manual to figure out how to use this app. Even if you have never used a video download app before, the learning curve is almost non-existent.
Supports a large selection of video sites: here we find that almost all the major sites are covered and even if you don’t see your desired sites on the list just type in the URL for the sites, navigate to the video and click on the download button, that's it.
Privacy: Now this point is very important to me because we have all heard of apps that track user activities or run some shady programs in the background and even go as far as collecting your personal information to sell to advertisers or not so legal entities. But this app doesn’t do any of that, reading their “Privacy policy”, you will notice that they do not collect your personal information and not once during my use of the app was there a request to put in some personal data, No sign-in, no registration, just install and use as you desire. It does collect some statistical information but almost all apps do that. The Privacy page states “When users interact with our application, we may collect non-personal-identity information associated with the user. Non-personal-identity information may include your phone’s model, version of Android and other similar information”. So when it comes to user privacy, they get a pass.
Boost: Everyone loves fast downloads and the Nova Video Downloader gives you up to 3x faster download speed. Since content gets boosted off their servers they get to offer fast speeds compared to other apps in the actual download process. This is always a plus because no one wants to wait any extra time if they don’t have to
Select Resolution: Most online video content usually adjusts the resolution of what you are viewing based on your devise specs and internet speed. This is not always a good thing but with the Nova Video Downloader, you are able to specify what resolution you want to the chosen content. As a 4k fan myself, I will download any video I can get my hands on in 4K if I can get away with it. If the sites do not have that resolution then I can settle for the highest possible resolution available.
History: Most apps store a short history of the sites you go to but it's still nice to see a list of your most visited sites on the home page that way you don’t have to type the URL each time you wish to grab a video of the site. Its a small thing but its nice to have regardless. This shows that the developers pay attention to details.
Download handling: One of the best ways to see if a video download app is any good is to note how it actually handles the content download, in this case, we are given features like Auto-resume after network downtime, resumption of failed download and the ability to pause and resume downloads. Again these are things that should be available in all download manager but here it's done in such a way that it's easy to use.
Simultaneous Downloads: There are some of us out there that love binge-watching videos and as such we download love downloading multiple videos at the same time and this app allows you to do just that. So as long as your internet speed supports it, feel free to add a long list of videos to pull down and watch later.
Auto detects: No video downloader would be any good if it could not tell what content on a page you would like to grab and this app excels in this aspect. Be it finding audio files being played on a page or video hidden behind adverts, it sniffs it all out will remarkable precision.

The Cons:
And now for the downsides of using this app. I really don’t have much to say against Nova Download Manager but two main things caught my attention when using it
No Youtube Support: This is one of the main issues with legal download software (Take note I said Legal). Following the rules means that they can not support downloading content off Youtube. This is a sad point as we know a majority of videos online exist on Youtube. There is nothing that the developers can do about it but it's still worth a mention.
Third-Party Integration: Not to get too technical here, when we talk about 3rd party integration we mean being able to access native apps already installed on your phone. This to me is one of the major drawbacks of using such a download manager. But this flaw is not limited to Nova Video Downloader alone. Most Video Downloaders suffer this same problem. Having this enabled would allow you the ability to access sites like Facebook, Twitter, and others without having to log in again from inside Nova Video Downloader. For example, I already have facebook installed on my phone so why not use that instead of asking me to login again. Some who are paranoid about their security might see this in the wrong light and avoid using the app altogether

Now on to using the app. As mentioned earlier, using the Nova Video Downloader is fairly easy and straight forward. Just type in or select the sites you wish to download content from or the direct URL to the content and the Download icon turns Red from Grey with a mini animation, after which you just select the resolution you want and that's it. Take note, it will warn you if you are on Mobile Data if you wish to continue, this is to prevent you from burning your mobile data by accident. You can then click on the Downloads tab and see your download progress. Even my 7year old niece can do this.

So finally conclusions: Is this a good video Downloader? The short answer would be Yes its a very good downloader and will be perfect for grabbing your favorite video off social media or any sites you come across (Except Youtube). plus it’s Free, meaning you pay nothing for using it. The developers took their time and created something that was bug-free, easy to use and just works. It stands to reason then why it gets such a favorable review on the Android Play Store.

Re: Nova Video Downloader App - An In-depth Review by davidblack007(m): 6:27pm On Mar 24
Thanks for taking the time to write this review. I've read it and for me, it was new to find out about the app you are describing. I also use to download videos but I use another downloader video-converter-mp4.com. It seems to be similar to the app you wrote about. I use it mostly to download videos from social media. Moreover, the biggest advantage of the app that I use is that I can download videos from YouTube, but as I understood the Nova Video Downloader doesn't allow me to do that. Well, I think I'll try the app you described.
Re: Nova Video Downloader App - An In-depth Review by johndoll(m): 11:18pm On Mar 26
davidblack007:
Thanks for taking the time to write this review. I've read it and for me, it was new to find out about the app you are describing. I also use to download videos but I use another downloader video-converter-mp4.com. It seems to be similar to the app you wrote about. I use it mostly to download videos from social media. Moreover, the biggest advantage of the app that I use is that I can download videos from YouTube, but as I understood the Nova Video Downloader doesn't allow me to do that. Well, I think I'll try the app you described.
I use this app as well, mostly for downloading videos from YouTube.

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