Features & Use
Linda File Manager’s functional range is impressive. There’s a browser for the SD card, the telephone registry, downloads, and the gallery. And if that isn’t enough for a file manager, it also has functions to manage your apps as well as a task manager.
The option “My Phone” allows you to browse through the files on your Android phone. This also allows you to find important system files, so you should tread carefully and be sure not to inflict any harm on your system.
The “SD Card” option is the counter piece to the previous one. This allows you to access the files you’ve stored on your SD card. The following options are listed under the context menu button:
• Open (folders)
• Open with (for files only)
• Add to Zip
• Send to
• Cut out
• Create Shortcut
By pressing Add to ZIP you can transform entire folders or several files (as well as just one file, of course) in to ZIP archives. If you select a ZIP archive you can access everything stored on it. Both are great functions for a File Manager!
Create Shortcut makes it easy to access folders or files on your homescreen. This works especially well when you’re working with the multiple selections function.
There’s a toolbar in the upper half of your screen which you can scroll to the right, as well as an input field. The toolbar’s symbols should really be self-explanatory, but sadly they’re not. Or do you have any suggestions what “OFF” is meant to mean? A little info box appears when you click on it, telling you that the button is for multiple selections. Nice little game of hide-and-seek, right? A simple and to-the-point button showing three checked boxes would have sufficed, I would’ve gotten the drift that it’s for multiple selections.
The developer has left designing the controls up to you. You can do it with or without the menu button. If you keep pressing the menu button, you can choose whether you want to use two toolbars or not. If you decide against it you’ll have more space for your folders on your screen. The toolbar’s functions will then be taken over by the menu button.
Settings allows you to decide if you want to reveal hidden files, as well as which encoding format you want to use (UTF-8, ISO-8859, GBK, Big5, Shift, JIS). This is a sorting function that features the usual sorting criteria and gives the possibility to change the display of your files and folders.
The task manager reveals two tabs for two types of apps: Installed and Stored (for backed-up apps). Installed leads you to the following context menu:
If you’ve backed-up some of your apps, you can click on the context menu for the following options:
If you want to backup all you apps, all you have to do is click on „Backup all“ under the menu button.
The role of the task manager is to end processes. If you press on a given process for a while and then on “End Process” you can eliminate memory whores.
Linda File Manager also has a Download Plugin, but I haven’t yet been able to figure out what it’s there for or how it functions. I activated it, downloaded something, and just sat there, waiting for something to happen. I didn’t notice any changes resulting from the Plugin. Did you??
For me, Linda File Manager is a must-have app. An Android system without a file manager is like Windows without Explorer—unimaginable! Linda’s function are very good and do what they’re meant to. Linda is definitely one of the best File Managers out there!
Screen & Controls
Controls are intuitive and easy to use. The only thing that could’ve been better is the multiple selections option. Buttons which you can check are simply more convenient than having to activate the options manually each time you want to use it.
The apps overall appearance is okay, but the main focus is its functionality.
Speed & Stability
Rummaging through my folders didn’t take long and the app was very stabile. However, when you try to open a file that the file manager doesn’t recognize you’ll be confronted with a Forced Close. But it isn’t as bad as all that, because Linda re-starts by itself and leads you back to where you left off.
You can dowload Linda File Manager for free from the Android Market.