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Reddit News takes a quite different approach on how you browse Reddit from your Android device. You’ll need to swipe on your screen most of the time to open posts, sidebar, post options and more. Is it a good approach? Find out in the review.
Upon launching the app, you’ll be bombarded with explanations on how to use the apps. The animations are designed quite nicely, and you shouldn’t have a hard time understanding what you need to do. It’s mostly consisted of swiping, which is … OK-ish.
The first animation will tell you that swiping the post from right to left will allow you to to see post options, like up/down voting it, saving and hiding posts, and instantly opening comments. Clicking on title of self-posts and opening comments directly makes no difference, but for links it makes difference as normally a built-in browser will immediately open the link / image / video, instead of opening the comments first.
Upon viewing the animation, the app becomes usable, you can start with browsing Reddit.
I pretty much like the design except for two things that bother me. The number of points is simply too big. An app without it would even work for me. It’s kinda an unnecessary information (unless you sort your comments by top and compare them), and it could be placed next to the time posted.
The second thing I don’t like about the post view is that you can’t decrease the post size. It’s pretty large, comparing to the list-view I’m used to on Reddit Sync.
The right side, which can be changed to left in the settings, contains previews of images and videos. Clicking on the title of post and clicking on the image directly makes a small difference.
The bottom bar has some really nice features. It lets you hide all the posts you read (or opened for that matter), use the app in full-screen mode (albeit not immersive mode), refresh (the app doesn’t have pull-to-refresh) and the last one opens the sidebar.
In the settings you can move these to the sidebar, but instead of getting more screen-estate, you get a black bar. Duh. Hope it gets fixed soon.
Next comes the sidebar. It contains things you’d pretty much expect there. Browsing a specific or a random subreddit, opening user profiles, settings, logging in and search.
It also lets you add and remove your subreddits. The top right of sidebar is where themes are located, and the current version of Reddit News has six of them.
One of the other things I dislike about Reddit news is the way you open subreddits. You have to tap on the top of “action bar” and get a drop down list, then from there choose your subreddit. Same applies for sorting.
Next comes the post view. Upon opening your first post, you are presented with a beautiful explanation on how to swipe to comments.
The design is pretty interesting. Upon opening a link thread, the link will open (image, video, or an actual link). If you want to reach the comments, you’ll have to pull the bar located at the bottom to the top of the screen. Although it doesn’t follow the guidelines, I kinda like it as when you browse comments for example, you see only comments and the other way around.
Swiping a comment from right to left gives the same “menu” as doing it in post section. Personally I like it, but it may depend on your Reddit browsing habits. I rarely up-vote or down-vote anything, so it’s better this way to keep them hidden.
The settings part shouldn’t usually be reviewed. But regarding Reddit clients, the settings are usually feature-rich and therefore deserve a spot in a review. The default settings check color is Holo Blue, which I changed with a CM theme (Holo White).
The one thing I’d definitely recommend you to disable is Exit Confirmation. Why do I need to confirm I want to exit an app? Exiting by mistake is far less common than not doing it, and if I exit by mistake (which is quite rare) I’ll just return to the app.
Tablet User Experience
The tablet UX is nearly perfect. The issue I had on my phone, where the posts would take too much space and there was no way to decrease them doesn’t exist on a tablet, simply cause of screen size. The card size is kinda perfect on a tablet.
I did have issues with opening full-screen in immersive mode (forced by Power toggles). Also I’d prefer if the landscape view offered two columns instead of one, but it may be only me.
The post view is as beautiful as well. In portrait, you get pretty much what you expect to be there, and it’s similar to the design on phones.
In landscape view it works better. You get two columns, one of them shows the posts, and the other content or comments. Only complainant I have is that I need to swipe from content to comments, and vice versa. I’d prefer simple tapping.
Overall the Tablet design is nice. It could see some improvements, but compared to most apps it’s more than great. Guess all Reddit apps have a fine tablet design.
The review is based on our own experience and devices. Your experience might be different depending upon device you are using and your expectations.
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Easy to hide posts you already opened. You can focus only on content / comments, without ever opening the other. A unique approach to Reddit client.
Posts are too large and there is no option to decrease their size. No pull-to refresh. Some features are buggy, like moving action buttons (bottom bar) to sidebar. The full-screen option should be Immersive mode (on KitKat) devices, not just hiding the "action bar" and action buttons.Part of the app doesn't follow the guidelines.