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BaconReader is the only “major” Reddit Client that doesn’t have Reddit in its name. But you won’t really search for it if you never used Reddit before. On the other hand if you did, you probably heard of it by the word of mouth. And there is a reason for it, it’s beautiful and works great except for few small things.
The first thing I always mention about Reddit clients is how they look once you launch them. And BaconReader looks … hmmm knowledgeable. You get the latest changelog and a tutorial (only if you want to see it) showing you how to use BaconReader.
The remaining two tabs include Reddit lingo (most common abbreviations on Reddit) and a link to create a Reddit account.Some of the instructions in third tab (4th image) are bit off the mark, but I can forgive them that.
Upon getting to the front page, the first thing I noticed was the lack of hamburger menu (sidebar on left). Now I couldn’t say it’s the best choice out there, but BaconReader works without it.
The design is pretty top notch, except for the overflow menu being in wrong position, and the bottom menu itself. Feels iOS-ish kinda.
To get post options, simply swipe from left to right (or right to left) on the thread. What you get there depends whether you’re logged or not.
The problem with the options when you’re logged in are the two first buttons, up/down vote. They are already present on the left side, and it’s much easier and faster to do that from there. Also when you put those two images side-by-side, you can notice that titles are bolded when you’re logged in, and that the thread points use slightly bigger font.
From top left you can choose sorting and subreddits, while the bottom menu includes submitting and searching threads, refreshing, inbox and overflow menu.
One of my favorite, if not the favorite things about this Reddit client is the thing located in the top right corner. I don’t know its name, but it lets you fully emerge into Reddit. It lets you swipe right-left to go through treads, without seeing all the clutter.
The image might not represent it well, but it’s how it looks when you scroll from right to left to switch threads. Left is from first to second, while right is from second to third.
Subrredits and comments
The thing that confused me at first is the icon for self posts. I assumed it’s a link to a video, on YouTube or other video streaming platform. Quite confusing but I guess you get used to.
Rest is pretty much similar to the homepage, without any major difference. And yes, you can browse the threads nicely by clicking on the “stack” icon in top-right corner.
Another neat feature found in BaconReader is the full screen button located in the bottom right corner. Other Reddit clients don’t actually need this, since they don’t have the bottom menu bar, and action bar gets hidden once you start scrolling.
I’d call the thread view pretty standard. The title could see a decrease in font size, as it’s a bit too large currently. The comments are colored (yet again). The bottom menu is used for thread options. Up/down voting threads, commenting and depending on the type of thread either going to the link or hiding the post.
Even though you can’t press on a title to open the link, which honestly I dislike, but there is a dedicated button for opening links in the bottom menu.
If you want to get options for comments, simply swipe from right to left on a comment. I pretty much like this way since I rarely use comments related stuff, like up/downvoting or sharing them.
One of my, if not the favorite featured about BaconReader is hiding the comments. Upon tapping on parent comment, all the children comments will be hidden. Since I rarely read children comments, unless puns, I like to hide them and read only top comments.
You can quickly refresh the thread and open sidebar from the top right corner.
From the overflow menu you can open the profile directly, hide or share the thread and if you are on “home screen” open settings.
The profile window is looking quite good, similarly to Reddit’s desktop profiles.
Another thing where BaconReader is superior to other Reddit clients is submitting threads. Firstly it looks gorgeous (OK, others look good too) but you can easily submit self posts, links and images. Images get automatically hosted to Imgur, and you can use your camera, gallery or even a drawing for images. That’s nice!
The settings are feature rich, letting you change nearly every aspect of BaconReader. Theme, notifications, font size, default sorting options and much more can be changed.
Tablet User Experience
Generally Reddit clients tend to have quite good looking apps on tablets, because browsing Reddit on tablets should be a common thing. What else could you use your tablet for?
But, I didn’t like BaconReader’s tablet design. Much like the app on smaller screens, the UI is way too cluttered and there is no way to change that.
You can’t browse only comments or only threads. Both are shown immediately, and if you don’t like it … well there is nothing you can do about it currently.
This is especially noticeable in portrait mode, where both threads and comments are way too small for an enjoyable experience.
Usually I mention drawbacks in the negatives section. Since I use full screen mode when reviewing apps, this particular drawback was skipped. The UI takes way too much space, since there are two menus instead of navigation drawer and generally the font is way too big. Therefore there is no real space for the actual content.
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- Unique features not seen in other Reddit clients, like hiding children comments with a tap
- The slideshow / card stack
- Submitting images is top notch
- Design is way too cluttered
- No use of navigation drawer
- Inconsistent User experience depending on whether you're logged in or not