At the time of writing, the Android market is currently filled with more than 20 applications dedicated to reddit. Although they all promise to make the ‘reddit experience’ better on Android, only few of them look to actually fulfil this.
I used almost every single app present out there and found 6 gems out of them, featured below.
Oh boy, this reddit app has one of the most beautiful UI in the market. Baconreader has all the features that the web interface of reddit has:
- Most of the required settings can be accessed directly from the screen, without having to open up the menu such as changing sub-reddits, checking messages & replies, submitting a link etc.
- Swiping an item horizontally will bring up the voting and comment buttons.
- Link submission page is very intuitive with options even for uploading a picture.
- Full featured inbox (inbox, sent, messages, replies, compose etc. all can be accessed)
- Comment threads are sorted by different colors.
- Links and images open inside the app.
- Con: 1. It gets freaking slow sometimes.
2. No Night mode. Sigh, I really want this feature.Spending 1-2 hours daily on reddit has become a habit of mine and the white background of the app doesn’t do any justice with my phone’s battery having a SAMOLED+ screen.
Play Store: Baconreader (Free)
If there can be one app that can compete with baconreader and even beat it, it’s definitely Reddionic. I really like it’s interface. Apart from few drawbacks, I’m in love with this app. Please note that you need to sign up as an alpha tester here to use this app as it’s currently in active development.
- Polished and compact interface, something that’s hard to find in other reddit apps.
- Images in comments can be viewed in-line.
- Images can be downloaded.
- Pulling down the sub-reddit bar will reveal the full list of sub-reddits for jumping between sub-reddits, just like Android’s notification bar style.
- Long-pressing an item brings the actions buttons (for voting, saving etc.)
- Full featured profile with options for messaging and following other redditors.
Since the app is still in beta, I don’t have much complains but still there are few things that need to added like
- Link submission is not possible.
- Expect few force closes.
You can keep an eye on it’s change log, upcoming features and more on /r/reddionic.
If the user interface of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich fascinates you, this app is for you. Reddit News is a simple and smooth app which can pull stories from reddit.
- While viewing an image, comments can be directly accessed by pulling a slider at the bottom, just like how the notification bar in Android works, but opposite.
- Customizable: Interface colors can be manually chosen.
- Can open links and images inside the app instead of a browser.
- Similar to baconreader, swiping an item horizontally will bring up the voting and comment buttons.
There’s one flaw that I stumbled upon – it won’t let me log-in. Anyone else facing the same problem?
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Picture lovers are going to love this app. Reddit Sync downloads images for offline viewing. There isn’t much to say about this app.
Simply open the app > hit the menu button > Sync and leave it on the table while you’re busy somewhere else. When you’ve got time to spare, you can view the images even though you’re offline. Up-to 20 pages can be synced at once.
The only drawback is that you cannot view comments or make one.
Play Store: Reddit Sync (free)
Pix-o-Reddit is an amazing app that presents image stories in a magazine styled layout. Its UI is very much inspired from Pulse. Sub-reddits can be scrolled vertically and stories from a particular sub-reddit are scrolled horizontally. And there’s a small refresh button, placed with each sub-reddit, just as in Pulse.
Tld;dr – It’s like a pulse app for reddit.
- Images can be downloaded, viewed in a browser or even set as wallpaper.
- Supports for Imgur albums.
- Image quality can be chosen between low, medium-low, medium, medium-high, high quality.
- Cons: There’s no way to comment directly from the app though.
Play Store: Pix-o-reddit (free)
Also check out Redditmag, it’s an amazing alternative to Pix-o-reddit and you’ll love it’s magazine-styled interface.
Rage reader is well.. a rage comic reader. That’s all, nothing more to tell about this app. It’s just a simple app in which you can browse through several rage comics. The comics are saved to a local directory which can be configured from the Settings menu.
Play Store: Rage Reader (free)
Looking for more rage apps? Check out Memedroid, Comics.
Apps that I tried to use
- Reddr – Neither allows anonymous surfing nor lets me log-in. Okay, I give up.
A Common Problem with all the Apps
One thing that I noted about most of these apps is their incomplete documentation about the controls, either in their app description or inside the app. For example, the developers of baconreader & Reddit news haven’t bothered to mention their swipe feature (to bring up the voting and other buttons) in their app description on the market. We geeks will instantly discover all the controls but people who’re new to Android and used to long-pressing to bring up extra controls may not. Anyways, this is a small issue.