A Reddit app that can suit your needs, especially if you are browsing from your mobile phone (and not your tablet). The design and performance are both outstanding, and even though there are other Reddit apps out there, you can stop on this one as it simply works.
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Browsing Reddit is usually a Redditor’s daily habit. Therefore one must have a Reddit app he’ll use on his smartphone or a tablet. In this case its powered by Android. Can Reddit Sync do all you need to browse Reddit from your phone? Let’s see…
There are plenty of Reddit clients for Android out there. I decided to review Reddit Sync first because it’s the app I mostly use to browse Reddit from my phone. In the following weeks I’ll be testing all the Reddit clients, and then compare them all in a single article.
Upon launching the app, you get a splash screen informing you about design changes to Reddit Sync. Although the app design changed more than a half year ago, you’ll still get the splash screen cause the app wasn’t updated since then.
Then you’re presented with beautiful cards UI representing posts. Luckily if you don’t like the big cards, the dev has included three styles:
Cards list view is similar to Cards, but you get a listed view and can see much more posts on your screen. And a list view, which I prefer using as it provides even more screen estate compared to cards list and looks like the old version of Reddit Sync. On the other hand, you may prefer a different style. Not only you can change the style, you can make it black! Reddit Sync also features a night mode, which will turn most of the design to a darker version. Comes in handy during those sleepless nights.
Another thing I like about Reddit Sync is that it can automatically hide the action bar as you start scrolling. Even though I’m mostly using it on a 5.2” display, extra pixels are always welcome. Other features that are visible as soon as you open your app are probably similar across all Reddit apps. Once you click on the (Imgur) image, YouTube video etc. it instantly opens it in a built-in browser. I did have problems with YouTube videos a while back, but they work fine now. In the sidebar you can find exactly what you expect to be there. From sidebar you can log in and out, open a subreddit or user profile by typing the name, or browse a random subreddit. Most importantly from sidebar you’ll see subreddits you subscribed to, or if you haven’t logged in – default ones. The post view is quite standard. You get a title, preview if it’s an image or video, comment count and the votes. It’s quite an upgrade compared to the classic version, where the header took much more space.
From the action bar you can refresh the post, write a comment or sort ’em. Next come the comments, and they don’t lack quality either. The design and functionality is great. It’s very easy to see comment “parents”, by the colors located on the left. The arrows right and left will scroll one “page” down and up. Images inside comments can be directly opened and easily closed, as the view will stay in same window. The settings is feature-rich, letting you change how the app works. You can limit the links that it’s browser will handle instead of your default one, change how the comments and post looks and much more.
Another thing I like about Reddit Sync is that it lets you log in with multiple account. Even though I don’t use this feature quite often, I believe it may come handy for some Redditors, especially those using a throwaway account.
Tablet User Experience
Reddit Sync on tablets provides an extra style called Magazine. It’s still in alpha though, so you may experience some bugs while using it. It’s similar to cards UI, especially in portrait mode.
The difference kicks in while you use your tablet in landscape. All the other views have two columns, one for posts and the other for comments. Magazine views uses both columns for posts, and comments are opened in a new window.
You can sign up for the beta version on the provided Google+ community link, located at the top of the review. The biggest change is the translucent notification bar and transparent navigation bar. Also you can preview gfy links by clicking on the link, without opening a new window inside the app’s browser. There are lots of other minor changes and fixes that you can check upon updating to beta version.
The review is based on our own experience and devices. Your experience might be different depending upon device you are using and your expectations.
Keep in mind that when calculating the average, ratings don't have the same weight. Performance and design is valued more than regular updates for example.
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Features many way of viewing posts. Easy to change to night mode and hide action bar. Allows multiple accounts usage. Colored comments look good. Settings include wide range of options.
The updates are pretty much non-existent, unless you join the beta testing. The dev removed swiping left-right for changing subreddits, which was a great feature.