Despite its slightly controversial conversion from being a free beta app to paid in the final version, Solid Explorer continues to be one of the most powerful, versatile, and best-supported apps on Android – especially in the file manager category. The app recently received an update that makes it even more powerful, specifically in the area of cloud storage: the app now has SugarSync support, as well as improved libraries for Box and SkyDrive.


Those aren't the only improvements wrapped in this update, either:

What's in this version:

-SugarSync support
-backup and restore settings
-ability to set a wallpaper and a ringtone
-creating symbolic links
-last open folder is remembered even after app kill
-charset selection in text editor
-updated Box and SkyDrive libraries
-option to keep the screen on during file transfers
-other minor improvements

If you're looking for a mature, feature-rich file manager, you'll be hard pressed to find one better than Solid. You can give it a two-week trial run for free, but if you want to keep using it after that period, it'll set you back a two spot.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • kamiller42

    Very nice app. Well worth a couple of bucks.

    • Joseph Cascio

      Well worth the money. I was a big Root Explorer user but I never like that operation progress was never shown.

  • John

    Like many, I didn't like how they handled the conversion to trial, but it's definitely the best file manager available.

    • Mulind

      It was always supposed to be a paid app. There have been apps in the past that promised to be free and then switched over. I have been upset at those. From day 1 on XDA, the intention was clear. So I don't have any problems with it at all.

  • Itchy_Robot

    I was never able to get it to open my Google Drive files, so I couldn't use it. I always get an error message. Instead I have stuck with Astro, which opens all of my my Google Drive files fine. I sent multiple emails to the developer ... never getting a response or suggestion for a fix.

  • Gav456

    I had no qualms paying for it on day 1, by the time it had emerged from beta, I had already had my 2 bucks worth (had been using it since AP's 1st review)
    It is, however, annoying that my son has to use ES on his login on My nexus 7 even though I've paid for it, but that's Google's fault. There's a lot I don't like about the way user positions are handled in 4.2.x

  • Simple Dave

    this is one of the best investment ever.. Worth the money...

  • andyr354

    Use this almost every day. Love it

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    This replaced root explorer awhile back.. Love it...

  • http://www.beling.de/ Thomas Beling

    I personally prefer the FX-File-Explorer. Give it a try. In my opinion it's the best file explorer on the Android platform.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Wow, I was just reconsidering Solid Explorer after seeing some glowing comments here, then I saw the comments on the Play Store page. The latest comments are kinda hammering on it. I think I might wait for a few more versions before giving it a go...

    • Kamil RomaƄski

      Why don't you give trial version a go and see for your self? IMHO it's the best file manager on the play store but, as always, YMMV ;)

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        I kinda knew somebody would say that, and I thought about it for a minute... But there are still some things that really irritate me about Solid that make it undesirable even if I don't experience any bugs.

        First, it uses an unlocker key for the full version. I know most people aren't bothered by this, but I generally despise unlock keys. It means having 2 apps installed when there should only be 1 (making your Installed list in the Play Store that much longer) and some developers even leave the unlock key in the app drawer (not sure if this one does). Some apps also don't recognize their unlock keys reliably. Apps like this should come as 'trial' and 'pro' unless there's a very good reason for splitting up the tablet and phone versions (like hefty graphics), an unlocker is less secure against pirates and just generally annoying.

        Second, I just don't really need a new file manager. I already use Total Commander for most things and Root Explorer for the couple of places where TC is missing a feature or buggy (there are a few things it doesn't do right). I admit that the UI on Solid looks really nice and buttons are labeled (the biggest faults for TC), but it doesn't add any features to the equation that I needed.

        Then there are the complaints. Sure, it's on the trial, and some of them are from idiots, but a few look legit (like the broken back button). I'll wait until the app has had a few weeks (or months) to either add something I need or at least fix the obvious bugs.

  • Frinton

    Total Commander is a complete looser here... Solid is just simply the best :-D