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Best Android Apps: 43 best apps for Android


Solid Explorer

We add a new Android app to our round-up each week, so check back for a new suggestion on Fridays. Got an idea for our list? Leave a comment and we'll take a look.

APP OF THE WEEK: Solid Explorer File Manager

Get complete control of your files with Solid Explorer.

What is 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...

What’s good?

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.

Solid Explorer SS

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.

What’s bad?

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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March 22, 2015, 7:43 pm

Ivona would get my vote. You haven't heard TTS until you've heard this incredibly realistic sounding human voice. I absolutely love it for Pocket, Google Books etc

And how is Kindle on there and not Google Play Books? Kindle as an app is ridiculously basic and simply leverages Amazon's bookstore coverage. Play Books is more flexible eg. TTS.

Amer Zaveri

April 2, 2015, 9:30 am

I would like to add one cool Android app for file transfer - Mesh It Up which transfers file at a very fast speed among Android devices within minutes. You can even transfer heavy files of video among the devices.


April 2, 2015, 1:50 pm

You haven't covered one of the most important features of MailWise: The option to have the emails displayed as simple and easy to read conversations without any clutter.

But I agree on the lack of IMAP push support.


April 3, 2015, 10:10 pm

This is what Blackberry 10 has by default... called Hub.

Amshu Patel

June 11, 2015, 7:47 pm

Uniq Mobile Finder is a great application for getting your lost or stolen mobile phone. I got my lost phone and I just loved it, it worked like a magic for me for getting back my phone when I lost it. I challenge this is going to be one of the best app in 2015. Must use app for every device.

Replay Creation

June 15, 2015, 9:23 am

Full Battery Alarm Pro is an unique android app which prevents mobile phone battery from being overcharged by sounding an alarm.


Djibril Camaro

June 23, 2015, 7:52 pm

One of my favourite apps is:

Kodi Configu

July 1, 2015, 12:13 am

My favourite app is the CONFIGURATOR FOR KODI

tsr g

July 11, 2015, 6:39 am

'Everyday Calculation' is easily one of the best productivity App in the Play store


Den Watsons

August 19, 2015, 1:02 pm

MyAudioStream should be added, a s a good audio player and streamer.


November 8, 2015, 9:29 pm

Office lens works wonders in a museum .. if you cannot get in front of it .. use lens (providing the painting is not too big)


November 20, 2015, 7:04 pm

Check out LIVING CELLS, it is interactive and very customizable live wallpaper. Try it now and watch those beautiful and colorful patterns, you can get it here: https://play.google.com/store/...

Jade C

November 21, 2015, 12:56 pm

Cool little addictive game/language learning app.


generic etcetera

December 18, 2015, 8:28 pm

A very creative idea


February 20, 2016, 12:13 am

Great app for checking Lotto results, faster than the official app.


March 7, 2016, 8:29 am

Can anyone tell me the best selfie apps please? When i had windows there was lumia selfie ,the most incredible one and soon to be coming to android please god!! I need all the filters and beautifying i can get these days know its vain but took my firsy selfie in my late thirties and it made me look like i was in my late twenties yay!


March 8, 2016, 4:28 pm

I'd try that camera app that comes with the phone. :)


March 12, 2016, 9:53 am

How quickly are disused Vyke numbers recycled? What is the chance of getting somebody else's discarded number, or of them getting one of yours? You'd need to be careful about what you used these numbers for.

Odd but Awesome

March 31, 2016, 3:18 pm

How do I submit an app for you to review please?

Armaan Modi

April 14, 2016, 5:27 pm

Candy camera, Camera 360..

Erik Caso

April 15, 2016, 9:01 pm

Chromecast on younity is on its way, so stay tuned. Thanks.

Rukaji Akira

May 14, 2016, 11:11 am

Quipsphere is the mobile app for sharing ideas, comments and opinions in the form of recorded voice message.. way better than twitter in my opinion.


June 3, 2016, 10:07 am

Can you have a check at All-In-One Toolbox? https://play.google.com/store/...
It is pretty much the only system maintenance/optimization tool you need for any android device. The interface of the app is very attractive and sleek and it has almost every feature you could want from a system optimization app, things like system information, system resources, cleaners, backup, app 2 SD, 1 click boost and 1 click clean.

Joé Donzallaz

June 6, 2016, 10:38 am

Downloading music has never been so easy! https://play.google.com/store/...

I would love to hear your thoughts! :)

saadat rahim

June 13, 2016, 9:48 am


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