File Expert with Clouds Review

File Expert with Clouds Review

Nov 26, 2013

File Expert is a an Android file manager from GeekSoft; we had an opportunity to check it out a while back; it’s back, and seems to be beefier.

The app UI is mostly simple, with the default light theme background being white with pastel icons that also incorporate basic imagery that further conveys their purpose. In addition, there is dark theme that really makes the icons pop out, and a mixed version that adds in a black top tab to the light theme. The settings tab mostly maintains the same design elements, with view modes than can be adjusted (list or grid) and the ability to get rid of thumbnails to improve performance.

As far as performance, the app was able to pull up all the files on my testing device immediately. The file navigationfile1 system is fairly intuitive and follows the basics of Android filing. The address of the selected file shows at the top as icons are tap navigated. Dates of modification are show with the files, and the check boxes to the right. The boxes allow the matching file(s) can be manipulated.

The advertised FTP functionality is a nice touch, and it seems access to servers has been added in. Additionally, files can be shared via bluetooth, NFC and wi-fi.

Two features make this app compelling. First, the cloud functionality; the app works with all the major online storage services, and then some. Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Skydrive and more including, GeekSoft’s proprietary cloud. The second feature I really like is the the built-in categorization the app does. It pulls in pictures, videos, e-books, etc into app-defined files. The extra tools (like file shredder , one touch cleaner and he built-in memory manager) are definitely the cherry on top.

Some features have to be unlocked to be used; even on its own, in the free ad-based state, it looks like a nice tool to have.

AndroXplorer Review

AndroXplorer Review

May 27, 2011

NOTE: This review is based off version 3, available from AndroXplorer’s website. This and the Android Market version are identical, except version 3 contains the ability to archive and encrypt files, by purchasing a license key. A license key was provided by the developer for the purposes of this review.

AndroXplorer is yet another file system explorer for Android phones. Offering access to a device’s internal memory (which requires root access), internal and external SD cards, and network SMB shares. As well, a list of programs with the ability to back them up is also offered. The app’s real kick is its ability to back up files into archives, including zip, 7zip, and a wide variety of other formats, with plenty of encryption available.

This is a very powerful app. There are plenty of features, and it is very feature-comparable with other file managers available on the OS. The app makes it extremely easy to make archives, so for users who use their Android device to manage a lot of files directly, the archival options of the full version (available via registration key on the developer’s website) could really come in handy. This could be especially useful for people looking to replace their computers, or at least some of the tasks their computers would do, with an Android device. As well, the app’s ability to switch between 3 different panes by swiping between them makes it very easy to copy files from one location to another, whether it be between phone directories, or between a networked server and the phone.

The problem with AndroXplorer is that while it is feature-packed, it is very much steeped in user-unfriendliness. Many features are presented, but they are never explained in the app itself. For example, the network feature is never explained as to what protocol it supports within the app, I had to go to the website’s user guide to figure this out. As well, there is a wide variety of options available with mounting, but nothing that is ever quite explained in the app. An operation that is not quite obvious is that when choosing files to extract from zipped archives, it is required to then do the Paste operation to extract the archive to the location given. This is the same with backing up of apps; sadly, data cannot be backed up by AndroXplorer.

AndroXplorer is a powerful file manager, and one that will satisfy those looking to manage their files. The free version is worth checking out, especially as the interface starts to become more familiar, the app becomes more and more useful. It’s just getting past that initial state of confusion that is AndroXplorer’s biggest drawback. While I wouldn’t find myself using the advanced archival and encryption options regularly, for power users, the $15 license key may be worth it for direct Android file archival, if this is necessary.