Apr 8, 2011
One of the great things about Android is the ability to directly manage files. Of course, finding a good way to manage them is the problem. One solution is File Expert. Offering you the ability to explore your phone’s file system and perform common file operations, so you can delete and move files with ease with File Expert.
File Expert features a clean-looking interface – it looks very nice, and its color scheme gives it a much friendlier look than most dark-themed file management apps, like eFile. This app isn’t just useful for managing your own files – you can use it as a wireless server to download files to your computer via FTP, or through web browser access. One of the great things about the app is that you can use it to manage and back up your apps, as well, without needing root access. You can use this to easily install and uninstall APKs, and there’s even options for rooted users to do it without needing prompting. Also, the app is completely free without any ads, being donationware.
While the app can share files via FTP, it doesn’t appear to support connecting to an FTP server, just to SMB servers. Also, if you have a lot of apps installed, then the App tab will take a long time to pop up, as it repopulates your list of apps every time you select the tab. It will often make the OS pop up with a “Force Close/Wait” prompt – if you select Wait, then it will work, or just click on the Apps tap again. It’s something that needs work, and the whole app seems to lag a lot – it’s not the most stable app at the current moment. The app backup feature doesn’t support data backup, so this won’t replace Titanium Backup yet.
File Explorer is a solid choice for a file manager on Android, especially as this is a completely free option. The network options are especially useful, and will keep me coming back to this app in the future.