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File ExpertRoot ExplorerES File ExploreAstro File ManagerX-Plore File ManagerSolid ExplorerFX: File Explorer
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Multi-Pane / ViewYes / UnlimitedNoLimited*Yes / UnlimitedYes / 2Yes / 2Yes / Unlimited* One pane per source
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Root Files AccessYes (Paid)YesYesNoYesYesYes ** With Add-On Module
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View ModeList / Grid (Icon)List / Grid (Icon)List / Grid (Icon)List / Grid (Icon)ListList / Grid (Icon)List / Grid (Icon)
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FTP ClientFTP/SFTP/FTPSNoFTP/SFTP/FTPSSFTPFTP/FTPSFTP/SFTPFTP/FTPS/FTP-ES/SFTP (Paid)
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SMB AccessYesNoYesYes (req plugin)YesYesYes (Paid)
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Bluetooth AccessYesNoYesYes (req plugin)NoNoYes (Paid)
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WebDAV AccessYesNoYesNoYesNoNo
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Cloud AccessBox/DB/KanBox/SVD/KdriveNoBox/DB/Sugar/SD/Drive/S3/yandex/UbuntuDrive/SD/DBPicasa/Box/DB/Drive/SD/Sugar/CryllicBox/DB/Drive/SDDrive/DB/Sugar/Box/SD (Paid)
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FTP ServerYesNoYesNoNoYesNo
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Web ServerYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Peer to Peer SharingYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
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DLNA SharingYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Favorites/BookmarksYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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File SearchYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Advanced SearchPoorPoorGoodBestFairFairGood
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Find by TypesBestPoorGoodGoodFairFairGood
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Batch Install AppsYesNoNoYesNoNoNo* only those in backup folder
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Batch Uninstall AppsYesNoYesYesNoNoNo
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Silent App Un/Install (Root)YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Backup AppsYesNoYesYesNoNoNo
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Find App to Open FileYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
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"Open As"YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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"Open With"YesYesNoNoYesYesYes
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Create Shortcut on HomescreenYesNoYesNoNoNoYes
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File/Folder SortingPoorGoodBestGoodFairGoodGood
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Built In ViewersTxt/ImgSql/TxtTxt/Img/Aud/VidImg/TxtTxt/Img/Aud/VidNoneImg/Txt/Bin
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Media Stream from SMBYesNoNoNoYesYes*Yes** With compatible player
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Tablet FriendlinessGoodPoorGoodGoodBestGoodGood
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ICS FriendlinessYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Uncompress ArchivesZip/Gz/Rar/TarZip/Gz/Tar/RarZip/GzZip/GzZip/RarZip/Gz/Rar*Zip/Gz/Tar/Rar/bz2* Seemed to support but crashed
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Create ArchivesZipZip/Gz/TarZip/GzZipZipZip/TarZip/Gz/Tar/bz2
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Install APK from ArchiveYesNoYesYesYesYesNo
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View Zip as FolderYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Extract APKYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
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Configure InterfaceLimitedNoYesYesYesLimitedLimited
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ThemesYesNoLimitedYesToggle Light/DarkToggle Light/DarkLimited
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PresentationGoodPoorGoodGoodBestGoodGood
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Minimized NavigationBestPoorGoodFairGoodFairFair
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SD Card AnalyzerNoNoYesYesNoYes*Yes* Limited without add on app
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Software RecommendationYesNoYesNoNoNoNo
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Free VersionYesNoYesYesYesYes (Beta)Yes
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Pay VersionYes / $2.99Yes / $3.99NoYes / $3.99Yes / Free DonateYes / $1.99Yes / $2.99
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Free LimitationsRoot ManagerN/AN/AAds **N/A14 day trialNetwork/Cloud Access/Media Manager** Free version harvests analytic data of use
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Last Evaluation Date11/25/201211/25/201211/25/20124/19/201312/16/201211/27/2012
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