Once you’ve burned through about 50% of your device’s available storage (via music, photos, videos, and applications) it can get pretty difficult to navigate smoothly and efficiently. Suddenly finding that one great picture or song becomes a laborious task of paging through dozens of folders. Unless you would rather delete precious gigs of data, the solution to this dilemma boils down to installing a good, clean file manager for your tablet and/or smartphone.
But which file manager should to choose? While ES File Manager is the usual powerhouse/boss when managing files, NextApp Inc’s FX Explorer has some pretty powerful features and is the focus of this review. Mainly, FX Explorer offers you instant access to all files with the ability to make changes quickly and as needed.
While the app does not come with free cloud syncing, it is available (for a small price) as an add-on. FX Plus Add-on enables media, networking and cloud capabilities with FX File Explorer and really enhances the app’s experience.
The FX File Explorer has a nice interface, with a powerful search bar at top. Nested below this are bookmarks, some of which may be intentionally yours but the application also does a good job of bookmarking based on history (frequently used directories).
Below Bookmarks are the system files and main storage where you can navigate from primary storage spots. One of the coolest features is FX Explorer’s dual-pane mode, which allows two windows to be viewed at a time. By tapping the ight Tools menu button (at bottom right) and choosing Split view, you can work in two places at once—making your Android experience feel a lot like moving files on your Windows desktop.
Managing files is a breeze. FX Explorer gives on-the-spot access and control when manipulating your files. Every time you open up a file, a File menu button will appear in the lower left. By tapping and expanding it, you can do almost anything with the item you’ve opened including delete, archive, cut, copy, rename, send or share via an app you’ve already installed on the device. You can also opt to bookmark by pressing and holding the file; you’ll then see it on your FX home screen.
To the right of the File option, there is also a menu button to View. This option allows you to sort the order of items (by date, name, size or type) and tweak the layout style (list, grid, or icon layout). Also included here is the ability to apply an action to more than one item by picking an option in the select panel. Lastly, you can toggle hidden items and show details under the View menu.
We can adjust a plethora of Settings as well, which are nested under the Tools menu button. In Settings, we can change the appearance and UI theme, enable/configure the features on the home screen and choose preferences for file management.
The FX Explorer is a fully packed app available for free. With split window viewing and keyword search abilities, file management on a smart device has never been easier or quicker. The additional cost for cloud and network connectivity is both a wise and prudent [$3] investment but the free/basic FX Explorer is still quite impressive and worth checking out.