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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mc48, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. mc48

    mc48 Android Enthusiast
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    I just got a message that Astro is only in beta and will expire in 2 days. Does anyone else know about this? will they be offering a new beta or a free version? if you have to pay for it is it worth it, or is there another free file explorer (not in beta) that is as good or better?
     

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  2. Froid

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    I believe the deal is that they have released a new ad-supported version of this app. The version you have now will expire, you just need to update to the new version with ads.
     
  3. Shnuddy

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    Yes, I just got an update...ad supported version or upgrade to ad-free for $2.99.
     
  4. gotweed

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    Thats stupid and I chose not to update as soon as I read comments about the update makin you pay for it at a later time

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  5. Shnuddy

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    Yeah, you wouldn't want the developers to make any money off of their work! And you don't have to pay for it, you can use the ad-supported version.
     
  6. Podivin

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    Yeah - trying to make money for their work -how DARE they?!?

    I use Astro quite a bit, I'll be going for the paid version.
     
  7. xx_bishop_xx

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    ^ Agreed. It's always nice to support your developers if they have designed a nice product that you are happy with. I think I would want to be compensated in such a case; especially if it's a means to a livelihood.
     
  8. IzelTokatl

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    There is always ES File Explorer basically the same deal, no adds (yet), and smaller footprint. Oh, and was never advertised as a Beta, so if the day comes to update to better, ad supported version, you can stick with it. But, it is good to support your dev if you REALLY love an app.
     
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  9. DDustiNN

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    The ads are small and at the bottom... not really a big deal (after all, it is FREE). For some reason mine defaulted to "detailed" list view, which made each entry very large... didn't like that so I turned it off in the options, and now it's back to normal ;)
     
  10. LED

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    I don't have a problem paying for a good app, but in this case, EStrong has a free no-ad alternative that is just as good, so I chose to switch.
     
  11. moviemngr

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    There are ads in the Estrongs app, but only in the help menu. I'm all for ads if it pays the dev and lets me keep a great free app.
     
  12. Jshizzy

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    I think I like the layout of this one better than Astro. Good find.
     
  13. SyDTRaKKeD

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    they didnt take any features away did they??? just added ads??
     
  14. v941726

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    I can't find es file explorer
     
  15. DDustiNN

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    Hmm I wasn't aware of the alternative (EStrong's). Looks pretty nice. The only thing I don't like about ES so far is how slow the image thumbnails display when scrolling through an album with a lot of pics in it... Astro is very fast with this... I dunno, maybe I'll just keep both and see which I like better over time. I don't think the ads in Astro are reason to say "OMG UNINSTALL" because they're not very intrusive, but I do like having alternatives and seeing which is best for me. We shall see! :D

    Thanks for mentioning ES - never knew about that one.
     
  16. LED

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    Search the market for "estrong". It should be there.
     

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