When comparing FX File Explorer vs ES File Explorer, the Slant community recommends FX File Explorer for most people. In the question“What are the best file explorers on Android?” FX File Explorer is ranked 5th while ES File Explorer is ranked 11th. The most important reason people chose FX File Explorer is:
FX File Explorer has a [paid Plus add-on](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nextapp.fx.rk) that add more functionality to the app such as network file browsing and a built in text editor. It costs $2.99 and has a 24 hour return policy.
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Pro Plus add-on for network browsing
FX File Explorer has a paid Plus add-on that add more functionality to the app such as network file browsing and a built in text editor. It costs $2.99 and has a 24 hour return policy.
Pro Material Design
FX File Explorer utilizes the Material Design guidelines set forth by Google.
Pro Supports many compression and uncompression file formats
FX File Explorer features numerous compression file formats such as .zip or .tar as well as a .rar decompression tool.
Pro Root add-on
There is a free root user add-on that allows root file editing and viewing.
Pro PRO SMB2 support
Pro Built-in ZIP and RAR support
ES File Explorer supports the .zip and .rar compression formats.
Pro Integrates with a wide variety of services
The app supports Dropbox, Box.net, Sugarsync, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Amazon S3, Yandex and more.
Pro Supports SMB
ES File Explorer supports a local Samba connection to browse files on other area connected devices.
Con New Material Design look is not that great
FX File Explorer use to have a better design to it before the Material Design overhaul.
Interface is kind of crappy.
Con Connects to an IP in China
For some reason ES File Explorer installs a folder called Baidu of which any app that installs this folder connects to an IP in China for some reason. Sadly it is still not known at this time for what or why.
Con Constant notifications
It is always running in the background and monitoring for possible issues. It always pops up with notifications about new files and suggested files for deletion. There is no way to turn it off.
Con bought by another company and bundled with adwares..
Con Loads at start up and constantly runs in background
Takes up resources by always running. Performs monitoring you cannot turn off.
Con Changes features often
Features are changed very frequently, with most of the additions/changes being unnecessary.
Con Adds possible malware
This issue appears after the update of Aug, 1, 2016 ver 126.96.36.199.
Con Closed source (proprietary)
The source code for ES File Explorer is closed source.