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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by cashmere_cat, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. cashmere_cat

    cashmere_cat Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Nov 2, 2010
    Western Canada
    So I have been hearing/reading about File Managers, and I am just not sure if this is really a necessary thing?
    Am relatively new to the smartphone scene, but so far am enjoying my HTC Desire immensely!
    What are the pro


  2. sitlet


    Apr 11, 2010
    They just let you see every file on your card.

    There aren't any cons. The pros are that it lets you see all of your files.

    Its always helpful to have one installed. I use Astro. Whenever I need to email a file, it helps to find where the file is. You can also organize your files into folders as well, just like windows or mac.

    Correct, but a file manager lets you see where everything is, and organize it how you want.
  3. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Your call. Think of a File Manager like Windows Explorer if you're a Windows user. I don't recall what the Mac equivalent is called.

    To some degree. However, if you need to specifically place/move a file or manage folders then you'll probably want a file manager. "Smart" doesn't mean "psychic" or "able to predict exactly what you specifically want". The only thing smart really means in the context of cell phones is "a higher end data capable phone". Your smart phone isn't any smarter than your PC (which is likely far more powerful than your smart phone and still can't automatically move every file for you) in this sense and file managers are useful on both of them for the same reasons.

    To give you an example, let's say you download an MP3 via the browser and you want to use it as an alarm. The browser's only going to download the file to the Download folder. If you want to use the MP3 as an alarm then you'd need to move the MP3 from Download to the Alarms folder (and you might even need to create the Alarms folder if you don't have one). You'd definitely need a file manager to do this.

    I use Astro quite a bit. YMMV, of course. Some people won't have any need for one. As I said, whether you need one or not is your call to make.

    Yup. Just like you can with Windows Explorer. The system files, your apps (and their cache and data) are located elsewhere and protected if you're not rooted though.
  4. sonesh

    sonesh Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2010
    Coventry, UK
    In recent days, I've only used my File Manager for installing apk application files (ones not downloaded from the Market).

    Coincidently, use ES Browser which lets me connect to my computer through wireless, copy these files (but can also be used to copy music, pictures, video's) to the phone, and then run them

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