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Get complete control of your files with Solid Explorer.
There was a time when ES File Explorer was the go-to third-party file manager for Android devices. But times have changed, and while ES is still a formidable app when it comes to file explorers, there are now several other top-notch alternatives. One of which is Solid Explorer File Manager. Like any decent app of its type, Solid allows you to manage both your internal storage and cloud storage through one app. But it’s also got a lot more going for it...
The developers have paid attention to Google’s Material design guidelines here. Solid Explorer is incredibly easy to use with its clean interface and familiar layout. Somehow the app manages to pack in a load of features while maintaining a clutter-free interface.
But it’s not just about looks. The app comes with some seriously useful functionality on top of the usual file browsing, such as the ability to use two independent panels to browse and drag files between them. One nice feature, if you’re using an SD card as well as internal storage, is that you can simply swipe left and right to switch between a list of files in the two.
There’s also support for ZIP and RAR extraction, some impressive customisation options including icon sets and the ability to change colours and themes, and the integrated cloud storage support. Yes, you can use Solid Explorer with all-manner of cloud service, including Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive among others. Plus, there’s an indexed search function and root explorer mode.
Of course, all this functionality and sleek design doesn’t come entirely free. You can use the app free for 2 weeks, but you’ll have to pay £1.49 to keep it going after that, and there’s a load of extra optional add-ons like icon packs which you’ll have to shell out for if you want to download. Although it would be nice to have a free version of Solid Explorer, you can at least rest assured that the app doesn’t come with any adware.
Solid Explorer is just that: a solid choice when it comes to file explorers, that melds material design with a load of useful features. You may have to pay for it, but we think it’s worth every penny.
Score: 9/10 | Price: Free (£1.49 for full version) | In-app purchases? No | Download Solid Explorer
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