Reddit is one of the most interesting websites on the Internet, and with such a mixed bag of users, it offers a massive variety of content. However, because each user is quite unique, their Reddit viewing preferences may all be a little different. While the browser-based version hasn’t changed in years, iOS offers quite a few choices for viewing the website’s content.
Below are five of the best Reddit apps we’ve found for iOS, and each one comes with its own unique flavor. Different designs, features, and options are available for the individual apps, and while all are great, you may favor one above the other.
Personal preference might be the decider here, but remember that they are all of the highest quality.
Alien Blue (iPhone & iPad)
Alien Blue is a feature-packed Reddit client that offers almost the exact same amount of usability as the browser-based version. The app allows users to sign in with multiple accounts, access their already-subscribed subreddits, and interact using both comments and messages. Images and videos can be viewed within the app itself, and users can forward posts to services like Readability, Evernote, Instapaper, and more for offline reading. Other features let users share content with their friends via email, SMS, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
While there is a paid pro version of the app which includes the ability to filter posts based on keywords, hide read posts, and utilize tilt scrolling, you should be able to get by with just the free version. Honestly, I could go on and on about the app, and for a more in-depth analysis, take a look at Dave’s article on how to kill productivity with Alien Blue.
Karma is an app that is quite similar to Alien Blue, yet it offers a slightly different interface. Sliding your finger across a post title reveals the site’s iconic upvote and downvote arrows, decluttering the screen and allowing for more real estate to showcase post titles. Post creation, commenting, and messaging are available right away, but the app requires users to complete a CAPTCHA for some reason. It’s not a big deal, but why the extra fuss?
As far as usability goes, the app utilizes Reddit’s standard white, orange-red, and periwinkle hues to make things easier on the eyes. Post content can be saved, copied, and even shared via social networks. In short, Karma is a full-featured Reddit client that doesn’t add unnecessary glitter and paint while still offering a solid product.
Upvote is a highly streamlined version of Reddit. For some this may be appealing – others, not so much. In my opinion, it offers just what one needs in order to use Reddit. Using the minimalist interface, you can upvote, downvote, comment, and browse subscribed subreddits like usual. You can even save posts for offline viewing. However, some of the “missing” features I noticed were the ability to view another Redditor’s profile and utilize private messages. For the minimalist, this isn’t a problem.
Aside from its beautiful, simple design, users can view images while they scroll through their Reddit feeds. For those of you who are curious, imagine it to be a bit like your Facebook news feed. Rather than having to go through a link to view a picture, you can see it right away, and if you’re worried about anything inappropriate popping up, Upvote lets you disable NSFW posts so you can keep it clean.
iReddit (iPhone & iPad)
iReddit isn’t the prettiest app at the Narwhal Ball, and this is mainly due to its lack of iPhone 5 screen support. However, it’s still an app worth mentioning, and like Upvote, iReddit is a bit more streamlined than the rest of the apps on offer. You can comment, upvote, downvote, and browse your subscribed subreddits. You can even check your inbox for comment replies and messages, and Instapaper is supported.
iReddit is very simple, but some of you may actually prefer this. As expected, it doesn’t offer an extra 2000 pounds of secret hidden features like the other clients, but it does have at least one trick up its sleeve: serendipity mode. Completely unrelated to the hit 2001 romcom starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, serendipity mode allows users to shake their iPhone for a completely random post – pretty cool.
For the Reddit-addicted iPad-owners out there there is the unique option of viewing Reddit in a magazine-style format using Reddzine. The app takes a cue from Pinterest and Flipboard, presenting multiple “stories” on the screen at once in an aesthetically-pleasing format. Videos and images are viewable from within the app and, generally speaking, it’s probably easier than trying to focus on your smartphone’s small screen.
Some of Reddit’s normal features like commenting and voting are only accessible via Reddzine’s Pro version, though. This is a minor inconvenience, but if you’re a lurker by definition, this shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Whether you’re a seasoned Redditor or newcomer to the service be sure check out our awesome guide to Reddit!
What other Reddit clients for iOS do you know about? Any preferences for Android? Add your thoughts to the comments below this list!