[App Review] Ranking 3rd Party mobile Reddit clients.

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Mildly embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve only been a Reddit user for about a year. For a site to have the tag-line “The front page of the Internet”, I was skeptical for years about even checking the site out, and every time I did, the clunky look of the site just led me to believe it was just another forum site that I could drop a few comments in on a thread and leave, never to stop by again. You all still remember internet forums right? A brief history of Reddit via Wikipedia…

Reddit is an entertainment, social networking, and news website where registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links, making it essentially an online bulletin board system. Registered users can then vote submissions up or down to organize the posts and determine their position on the site’s pages. Content entries are organized by areas of interest called “subreddits”. The subreddit topics include news, gaming, movies, music, books, fitness, food, and photosharing, among many others.

Reddit was founded by University of Virginia roommates Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian in 2005. Condé Nast Publications acquired the site in October 2006. Reddit became a direct subsidiary of Condé Nast’s parent company, Advance Publications, in September 2011. As of August 2012, Reddit operates as an independent entity, although Advance is still its largest shareholder. Reddit is based in San Francisco, California. In October 2014 Reddit raised $50 million in a funding round led by Sam Altman and including investors Marc Andreessen, Peter Thiel, Ron Conway, Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto. Their investment saw the company valued at $500 million.

…Anyway, a friend of mine has been using the site for years and I still thought it sucked, no matter how many times he mentioned how great it was, and I value his opinion sort of. One day while bored at work I noticed that the sheer amount of subreddits had tons of interesting things I could find and also occupy my time while sitting though another boring conference call. Got an account, picked a username, and started participating in another conversation other than Twitter.

Now I love it. besides acquiring all the sweet karma when I post [Karma points are like ‘likes’ or whatever, to put it in social media terms], I can definitely say that it’s my 2nd front page of the internet. At first I was chiming in on TV show subs, then uh, hot girl subs, music, and the ones that were actually work related. There’s also the ones that are simply about teh lols.

Here’s a few of the subreddits I subscribe to:

  1. r/Internetisbeautiful
  2. r/Architecture, AutoCAD, Revit
  3. r/Futurology
  4. r/Hotchickswithtattoos
  5. r/gifs
  6. r/Arresteddevelopment
  7. r/Dundermifflin
  8. r/WTF
  9. r/Mildlyinteresting, Mildlyinfuriating
  10. r/Drums

The only thing about Reddit [even though I use it for work] is that it’s pretty obvious to my boss that I could be doing something better with my time if he sees me on r/Hotchickswithtattoos at my desk. Reddit does not have a mobile app. It’s just a website, which frankly is ADORABLE. However if you must hang out with Snoo and the gang on your phone at work, there tons of 3rd party Reddit apps out there. I picked four to talk about.

 

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Alien Blue

Alien Blue

Think this one is the mostly highly rated if you google it. If you hang around on it long enough, you get the flow with adding comments, up/down voting, sharing, etc. Even with the weird diagonal bar for some of the UIs, it’s cool, but there are huge limitations. You can’t post to Reddit from it and .gifs don’t autoplay. [4/10]

 

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iAlien Gallery

iAlien Gallery

This app is strictly geared toward image related subs, so if you are looking for stuff about politics or HTML, you won’t find anything here unless it’s a meme. I primarily use this one for r/Hotchickswithtattoos

But if you actually want to post something on Reddit when you’re on your phone that is pic related, this is the app to do so. Also, .gifs don’t autoplay, so that kinda sucks. Commenting and sharing to other sites works just like you would expect I guess. [7/10]

 

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BaconReader

BaconReader

Don’t wast your time. Everything about the flow of this app is clunky and the ads are hideous. [0/10]

…And the winner is imo:

Feedworthy
Feedworthy

Feedworthy

I would rather sit on my phone in a darkened attic than use any of the aforementioned apps. Yeah, you can’t post anything here or comment, but you can up/down vote anything you please and just keep scrolling. Coincidentally, this is also a good one for r/Hotchickswithtattoos, .gifs autoplay and the share/save options are perfect for whatever you would like to do with the content.

Really though, the last few updates have improved this app a lot. The ads just kinda swim by and do not interrupt the experience of how awesome Reddit is when you are on your phone. [9/10]

That’s about it folks. Reddit is a fantastic website and a great online community. Just thought I would weigh in on some of my favorite ways to do so. Peace out.

 

 

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