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Out of the plenty Reddit clients out there, how will you choose which one to use? It depends on your needs and habbits, but one of them might be Reddit Now. It’s a Reddit client with fine design and unique features, but will it suit you? Lets find out.
Similar to previously reviewed Reddit News, upon launching Reddit Now you’ll get a ton of animations explaining how to use the app. In Reddit News, you get one upon launching and one upon opening the comments. Reddit Now takes it to the next level, showing eight animations that you can’t skip upon launching the app for the first time.
(I just updated from version 3.0.7 to version 3.0.8 and now you can skip all the explanations. Nice!)
After you watch / skip all the explanation animations, you get to the default view for Reddit threads.
This is one of the main things I don’t like about this app.The posts use too much space, I expect to see at least 4-5 posts on 1080p screen, instead of less than two. This is the default view named “compact” cards. What’s so compact about this?
Anyway there are two more card types that you can select in settings, tiny and full size cards.
The full size cards is monstrous, you can barely see a single thread on it. The tiny cards is a bit better, but the cards are still too big for pleasant use. Guess I’m too much used to Reddit Sync’s list view.
Apart from that I love the design. The navigation bar is transparent and at least it adds some viewing space. Translucent notification shade wouldn’t work well with this app, because once you start scrolling most of the navigation located at the top disappears and the action bar becomes transparent. One of the best features of this app definitely.
Another feature I like about this app, that Reddit Sync had in old version (now named Reddit Sync classic) is the right-left swiping to change subreddits. This way you can easily browse all your subscribed subreddits in a short amount of time. I prefer this over selecting the subreddits in sidebar.
Thread and comment view
Now to the actual content. One thing I liked about Reddit Now is that it shows the subreddit’s header at the top. Even though it’s something small and neglectable, such small things can make a difference when there are plenty of similar apps out there.
When viewing subreddits, you get the standard points, comments, thread name etc. There are few things I don’t like about it tho.
The comments are fine, they are all the same in every Reddit Client (when viewing them). When reviewing Reddit Sync I thought that it’s the only Reddit app with colored comments, but apparently all the Reddit apps have that. But as mentioned earlier, the cards are too big, even if you select “tiny cards” layout. The problem is the part with thread data, it takes too much space.
The part that displays the link/image/text is yet another thing that should be changed by the dev. The image “preview” is too big, to the point where it isn’t a preview anymore.
You can quickly use upvote and downvote, but in order to share a link you need to tap on overflow menu, and then select share. Why is the favorite button shown immediately instead of share?
In the overflow menu, there is a link to Author’s profile. In other Reddit clients, the author’s nickname is linked to his profile. Reddit now has this, but it’s not linked. Why?
It gets even worse in landscape mode. Although I rarely use it on my phone, I guess there are folks that use it. And even though there is plenty of space for all the buttons to be shown instead of using overflow menu, there are still only three icons and rest are in the overflow menu. Awful.
Sidebar and settings
Similar to previously reviewed apps following Google’s guidelines, the settings are located in the sidebar. Next to settings, you can login from the sidebar, subscribe and browse subreddits, add posts and go directly to a subreddit or user’s profile.
There is a bug with logging in currently, after opening the screen the back button won’t work. You have to tap on cancel. There is also an in-app purchase to remove the advertisements, that will set you back for $2.50.
The settings contain pretty much what you expect them to contain. One thing you should definitely turn off is confirming exit, although you can do that on the exit-confirmation screen too.
One of the best, if not the best aspect of Reddit Now is the design on Tablet. For the first time I liked the “big” design, it works well on tablets as there are two columns for threads. Even the full size cards design was OK-ish.
The landscape mode isn’t this good. It’s usable, but I definitely prefer to browse it in portrait mode while on my tablet. Again I have a problem with things taking too much space, in this particular mode it’s the comments on the right. I have to scroll a lot to get to the comments.
Overall it’s a fine app and I could see myself using it as a daily Reddit app.
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Swiping left and right to switch between subreddits. The subreddit's header in the top. Transparent action bar while scrolling.
Everything takes too much space. Thread view not optimized in landscape mode. Few bugs here and there.