Reddit Illustrated: One of the Best Reddit Android Appsby Satya Srinivas on Jun 18, 2013 • 9:00 pm 2 Comments
Reddit is the world’s favorite social bookmarking site which enables its users to submit content. But there is still no official Reddit Android app. Many independent developers have developed unofficial Reddit apps for Android. Reddit illustrated is a new and one of the best reddit android apps added to the list of unofficial reader apps for Android devices. Reddit illustrated is totally different from the other apps as it follows a unique card-style user interface which is seen in many Google’s official apps for its products like ‘Google +’ and ‘Google Now’.
The app shows up the images or headings of posts instead of any boring lists and thumbnails. The total number of comments and upvotes that each post has received are displayed at the bottom of each card. A simple touch on the image or the heading opens the post for your viewing. Comments received by each post are color coded for easy viewing. You can share the post through Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc. by tapping the share button below each of the posts. The app shows Reddit’s Front page by default. You can view different subreddits through the navigation menu placed at the top left of the screen. And there is no need to login in for doing any of this. But users who want to comment on posts, upvote or downvote stories, and download posts or images need to login with their Reddit IDs. Logged In users can also swipe out posts which they don’t want to view. Images can be downloaded, saved, and set as wallpapers (from the app itself) by tapping and holding on them. The app has a rudimentary internal browser with limited functionality. However, you can turn off the internal browser and use the phone’s default browser by disabling the former from the app’s settings.
There is a three-dot menu at the top right of the app from where you can login to your Reddit account, create a new subreddit, access the apps settings, get help, filter NSFW content, and upgrade to the app’s pro version. There are a few shortcomings for the app like the inability to access your saved posts, lack of multiple themes, and inability to view posts and comments together. Despite some of its shortfalls, this Reddit Android app brings something new to the table which is not available with other Reddit apps for Android. And since this is the very first version of the app, I am hoping for more improvements in the future and give tough competition to other older Reddit Android apps.
The app is free and its developers make money with the ads displayed at the bottom of the app’s home screen. Ads are not too distracting, but if you don’t like them, there is a pro version of the app which is ad free.
Version reviewed: 1.51
Supported OS: Android 2.2 and above
Download size: 1.9 MB
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