Are you an avid movie fan, do you love to watch foreign films in the original voice acting and only with the “correct” subtitles? Perhaps you are not satisfied with the functionality of the default player on your smartphone? It doesn’t matter – our material will help you decide on the choice of a decent video player.

MX Player
MX Player exists in a paid and free version. As such, there are no functional restrictions between versions, however, with an active Internet connection in the free version of the program, banners with advertisements will pop up every now and then.

You can download the free version of the application by clicking on this link .

The MX Player interface looks quite modern, although there are not enough stars from the sky – in some application menus, the angular Material Design style can be traced. On top of that, there are often flaws in Russian localization, some sections of the menu are not translated at all.

On the positive side, you can highlight a flexible system for changing the design of the appearance – the application supports 25 ready-made themes and allows you to fine-tune the player’s interface.

The main screen of MX Player is a list of folders and video content. The view mode can be customized to your liking – by default, the application displays a list of folders, but can be configured to display a list of all video files. All these folders and files can be sorted by name, date, type, duration, etc.

On the left side of the application interface there is a sliding tab bar, with which the user can quickly change the theme, adjust the equalizer or go to the main settings. The same panel contains sections with a personal folder, network stream, local network and local music.

Yes, that’s right, MX Player can act as an audio player if the user has activated this function in the main application settings. Frankly, it is better not to use MX Player as an audio player because of the weak functionality and inconvenient interface.

The most delicious thing in MX Player is located directly in the video player , which is simply crammed with various convenient goodies. The lower part contains the classic video player controls (pause, continue, forward, back) and the scroll bar for the current video file. Closer to the top is a pop-up menu (can be disabled) with more extensive functionality, including sleep timer, night mode, equalizer, playback speed control, etc.

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The user, at his discretion, can customize some interface elements by dragging the desired icon to the desired location – thanks to these charms, you can switch between different audio tracks, decoders and subtitles on the fly.

By the way, about subtitles – MX Player can work with all conceivable subtitle formats. He knows how to search for them on the Internet, he knows how to adjust their color, size and position, he knows how to adjust their speed and synchronization. And MX Player also supports managing subtitles using gestures – for example, to increase the size of the text, just make a Pinch-To-Zoom gesture.

MX Player accepts all conceivable multimedia formats , it plays them using powerful built-in codecs with support for multi-core hardware decoding. For enthusiasts, it is possible to use custom codecs.

As you can see, MX Player really has tremendous capabilities for customizing the interface and playing video files, however, such an abundance of settings can scare away an unprepared user – in this case, less loaded analogues can come to the rescue.

VLC for Android
This application is a port of the famous VLC media player, which should be familiar to users of Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems. The release version for the “green robot” appeared in 2015 – the player can do almost everything the same as its “big brothers”. The application is absolutely free, you can download it here .

The interface of VLC for Android looks nice and friendly – the application boasts several themes, excellent localization and well-chosen fonts. The application interface can be conditionally divided into two zones: the lower and the main. The first zone contains a tab bar, the second one displays lists of the user’s multimedia files and a toolbar.

The Video tab will contain the video content stored on the device. The tab will show only what the user wants – all this is configured in the corresponding application menu. Lists of video files can be sorted and grouped according to various criteria: duration, size, title, duration, etc. Each file has a drop-down menu with which you can view information about the content, delete or share it with the environment.

The video player interface contains several basic controls: an audio track and subtitle switch, an aspect ratio switch, a screen lock switch, a scroll bar, and play/pause/switch buttons. Deeper settings (timer, playback speed, equalizer, etc.) are hidden in the drop-down menu. Changing the default volume and brightness level is done using swipe gestures.

VLC for Android easily “digests” the most common video formats , including MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, OGG, FLAC, TS, M2TS, WV and AAC. And this media player can work with streaming video and can minimize video to a window thanks to the PiP function. All the necessary codecs are already built into the application, so the user does not have to bother looking for them.

But that’s not all! VLC for Android can work not only with video files – to make sure of this, you should visit the “Audio” tab , which will display the user’s music collection. You can sort the media library into different categories and even view information about tracks, but you should not dream of advanced features – there are specialized applications for this.

The names of the rest of the VLC for Android tabs speak for themselves. The Browse tab is the usual explorer, in the Playlists tab you can suddenly find custom playlists. In the tab called “More”, you can add a channel with streaming video and customize the application to your needs.

In general, VLC for Android does its job very well, and all the subtleties (hardware acceleration, decoding, subtitles, and interface elements) can be easily customized to fit your needs and capabilities.

KMPlayer
KMPlayer is a famous media player of Korean origin. The program debuted on Windows and macOS operating systems, then moved to mobile platforms. The developers of the application claim that their brainchild can “digest” any format of subtitles and video files. You can download the application on Google Play.

When we first launch the application, we are greeted with a rather nice and modern user interface . With a more detailed acquaintance, unpleasant nuances of localization emerge – part of the context menu is simply not translated into “great and mighty”. The problem of localization is solved by translating the application interface into English. If you close your eyes to localization, then the appearance of the application is commendable – it is minimalistic and pleasant, there is support for light and dark themes.

The order of the elements of the main screen of the application is also flexibly configured. The KMPlayer interface is divided into conditional zones: at the bottom of the screen there is a tab bar, the upper part is given to the toolbar, and everything in the middle is intended to display a list of files.

The main tab of KMPlayer consists of several sections that you can customize to your liking. These sections include the toolbox, cloud and internal storage, favorites, and video streaming.

The Video and Music tabs contain video and audio files, respectively. The audio player in KMPlayer is purely nominal, but it has an equalizer and sorting the media library by tracks, albums and artists. The “My” tab stores user playlists, liked media files and video streams.

The video player interface and KMPlayer control logic are extremely similar to those of MX Player and VLC for Android – exactly the same gestures for adjusting the brightness and sound, a similar arrangement of UI elements. Of interest is only a customizable quick access panel, to which you can send any function you like. Also of the interesting features worth noting is the ability to save frames and background video playback when the screen is off.

Of course, KMPlayer can switch between different audio tracks, download subtitles from the network and configure them flexibly – in this aspect, the application is very similar to the previously mentioned MX Player, except that the interface of the Korean player will be a little more beautiful.

conclusions
At first glance, it may seem that this selection of video players is very modest – only three applications, and they are very similar to each other. If you dig deeper, it turns out that all other video players for Android smartphones are even more similar to each other, but have much more drawbacks – these include dubious origin, less functionality, built-in ads, bugs and outdated appearance.

Unfortunately, even the participants in the selection have shortcomings – these are the “features” of Russian localization mentioned above, and bugs, and even emergency closures of applications. The above problems are rare and in general, all players can demonstrate high quality performance, as well as satisfy even the most demanding cinephile