File Browsers, let's face it, they are a necessary evil when you really start to use Android to its full potential. Of course, for a lot of us it's really cool that we can move files around like we can on the PC, and one thing it certainly is, is useful. Depending on just how you use your device, you could end up with a lot of files to move around and keep on top of, whether they apps, games, music, movies or just pictures. We've got to move them around somehow, right? Read on to see how File Expert HD can help you keep on top of your files.
Description: File Expert HD is yet another file browser for Android smartphones and tablets. It runs on Android 4.0 and above and takes advantage of tablets, such as the Nexus 7. File Expert HD comes will all of the features that you'd need in a file browser, and comes along with some extras. It features tabbed exploring, as well as the ability to share files with PCs and other devices over the same WiFi network. Take a look at the quick video below for a little more info:
How it Works: To start exploring your files with File Expert HD, you need to head on over to the Play Store and download the app. Once you have done that, and launch the app, you'll be greeted with a simple view of your files:
It gives you a display of how much storage space you have left and what's taking up the space, if you turn it, you'll see how the app takes advantage of the tablet display:
Let's go ahead and take a look at an example of something you might use an app like this for. Take a look at the images below:
My friend and I are big Star Wars fans and I have a thing for these wallpapers with Lego Stormtroopers in them, and I want to send them to my friend. There are too many to send there, so I want to select them and then make a ZIP archive. Once you've selected all of your files, hit the menu button and select "Batch Operations":
You can see all of the operations it offers but, I just want to make one ZIP. You can then name your ZIP file whatever you want:
Once I have made this ZIP, I can send it to my friend. All of the usual actions are here, like copy, paste etc. File Expert HD is one of the best app to move your files around without doubt.
One thing we all love about Android is the share menu, for a long time now Android's share menu has been one of the best features in Google's OS. File Expert HD takes good advantage of this, and sharing files in this manner is easy. Let's say I wanted to send this piece of BioShock: Infinite art with a friend, I just long press on the file and a menu will appear:
Then you have to hit "Send Files":
Then you just have to hit share and all of your apps etc will show up in the familiar share menu:
Opinion: As time goes on, and Android gets more and more sophisticated, file browsers might become less and less necessary but, if you're someone that relies on microSD cards, then you will have had to use a file browser before. Why not use something like File Expert HD, it reminds me a lot of Google Chrome, and that's a good thing, this is definitely one of the most sophisticated UIs on a File Browser. It's fast and supports all sorts of file types, if I ever need to use a file browser, I'll be using this.
- Speed (4/5) – File Expert HD is a quick app, it loads large folders quickly and its UI is fast and responsive.
- Features (5/5) – For a file browser, this has everything you could ever want and then some, there's even the ability to share files over WiFi.
- Theme (4/5) – I really like the theme here, it looks like Chrome a little bit, and takes good advantage of tablets. Icons are easy to make out and menus are easy to follow as well.
- Overall (4/5) – For those that are still dealing with removable storage, you need a quality file browser, and File Expert HD could be that browser.
- Stock Android look and feel will look good on any Nexus device.
- Batch operations work well and cover all the bases.
- Takes advantage of tablets with extra menus and more onscreen.
- WiFi Sharing feature is a nice touch.
- Menu system takes some time t get used to.
- Tutorial on how to send files would be helpful.
Conclusion: Managing your files on your Android device might not sound like the most fun thing to do but, there is a lot that you can do with them. For instance you can manage photos from a digital camera, deal with photos taken on the device, manage music and move files from the device to your MicroSD card and more. If you need to move some files around or make a ZIP archive to send multiple items then you may as well do it with a quality file browser like File Expert HD.