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ES File Explorer

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A good file explorer is essential to see what’s where, move stuff about and get rid of any junk that’s taking up precious storage space. ES File Explorer may not be the most graphically exciting file manager but it does everything you need, is very clearly laid out and equally easy to use.

As an added bonus you can also sign into and manage most popular cloud storage offerings, including Box, Dropbox, Ubuntu One, Microsoft SkyDrive and Amazon S3. Tabs can also be set to give direct access to files on Bluetooth-, samba- and FTO-connected storage.

ES File Manager Android app

To cap it all the app also includes a built-in archive compressor/decompressor for ZIP and RAR files, a text editor and an image viewer. If you download the companion ES Task Manager app you can launch either app from the others menu putting all your system management tools in the one place. Over the years I’ve tried many other file managers but this is the one I keep coming back to.

ES File Manager Android appReg Rating 90%
Price Free
Size 5.8MB
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jetAudio Plus

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Though the Nexus 7's music player now handles Flac files, its sound modification system is something of a blunt instrument. The folks behind jetAudio are, as the name suggests, the same who cook up the sound modification tech that Cowon uses. The jetAudio app goes some way towards making the Nexus 7 sound like a Cowon PMP which is quite an achievement.

jetAudio Plus Android app

Not only does jetAudio play almost any type of digital music file known to man but it pumps out a very high quality sound. With a shedload of effects and adjustable enhancements with names like Wide, Reverb and X-Bass there is something here for all tastes. You also get 32 equaliser presets, playback speed control, support for gapless playback, crossfading, automatic gain control, a preamp and six excellent widgets. Naturally a decent pair of cans is needed to appreciate the gains but if you care about sound quality this is a very good place to spend £1.20.

JetAudio Plus Android appReg Rating 90%
Price £1.20
Size 6.3MB
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