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Try a fast Reddit Android client that looks great, doesn’t include ads and is open source to boot. RedReader is an up-and-coming app that’s quickly adding features, and it just might be the best Reddit experience out there for Android users.
Reddit’s the best time sink on the web, with a community surrounding just about any topic (including some hilarious specific things) and a culture that helps spread and spawn some of the web’s best humor. Its interface, however, is famously terrible – especially on finicky phones.
RedReader changes that, giving you a quick way to flick through stories and comments. Its two-pane interface means you can quickly jump from story to story, and an embedded browser allows you to read stories without leaving the app.
Open up RedReader, then sign into Reddit (if you want). Once you do you’ll see your usual list of links, alongside your list of subreddits and a few other features:
Tap any story and you’ll be brought to the link in an embedded browser. The browser can lag with some sites, but overall it worked quite well – though a Readability-type feature would be nice.
Tap the comments icon and the real fun begins. You can read through the threads, or continue exploring other stories thanks to a two-pane interface:
This is particularly nice on a tablet, giving you quick access to all the fun and merriment Reddit has to offer. Wondering about upvoting? RedReader – in lieu of offering tiny up-and-downvote buttons – handles such functionality using tap-and-hold. Hold any comment or article and you’ll see your options:
It’s not entirely intuitive, but it’s much cleaner than the approaches used by similar clients.
Explore the configurations and you’ll find a few things to tweak, including whether articles should open in external browsers or not. Notably, there are theme choices. Most amount to changing the highlight color, but there’s also a dark theme if you’re into Redditing with the lights off:
Note that by default, this app blocks all NSFW content. So if anyone in the comments mentions that certain subreddits aren’t working, you know why.
Compared To Other Android Reddit Clients
So, how does RedReader stack up against its free Android competitors? Quite well, I think – especially if you own a tablet.
For example: Reddionic. This app is beautiful on a phone, and it’s grey theme will doubtless appeal to many. Embedded images is also a plus:
RedReader feels more stable for me, and is much better suited for tablets thanks to its two-pane interface.
BaconReader is another similar app – we mentioned it in our list of 5 mobile Reddit apps. This is RedReader’s top contender – the interface is comparable, and some might find it better in many ways.
The free version, however, includes ads – meaning you’ll have to pay for a clean Reddit experience (if such a thing exists).
Personally, I’ve always preferred RedditIsFun to BaconReader – I found it faster and cleaner.
I installed RedReader for the sake of this review, but I’m certain I won’t be using RedditIsFun again. RedReader is faster, cleaner and generally just more fun to use – and the two-pane interface puts it well ahead of RedditIsFun for me.
There’s one more edge RedReader has, at least for me: it’s open source. It’s free as in freedom and cost – and is also completely free of advertising. There’s no tracking, no nonsense, and features are showing up at a rapid pace. And best of all: if any of this ever changes, I know someone else will fork the code and keep offering the advertising and tracking free experience that I love.
All this, combined with an interface that’s great for phones and tablets alike, means I think it’s time to check out what may be the ultimate Android client: RedReader.
But I also want to know what you think. Is RedReader as good as I’m saying here, or is there something even more amazing that I’m missing? Fill me in below, because I love a good conversation.