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Top 5 Reddit Apps for Android—Which One Is the Best?

Top 5 Reddit Apps for Android—Which One Is the Best?

Whether you've celebrated multiple cake days, or you're just now getting your feet wet when it comes to Reddit, it's a rite of passage to choose your preferred smartphone client. While the mobile site is definitely a viable option, there's no better way to view "the front page of the internet" than with a dedicated app.

Luckily, heated competition in this sector means that we have many great options to choose from on Android. While the varied selection of Reddit apps may seem a little overwhelming at first glance, we've seen that time and time again the same 5 apps keep popping up in the discussion for "Best Reddit app on Android." These apps will be the focus of today's comparison.

The post submission interfaces for all 5 of these apps are much the same, but the browsing experience varies greatly. Some use Android's built-in website rendering software (WebView) to display all links, while others can handle certain links like YouTube videos and Imgur galleries with a native pop-up viewer. Some adhere to Android's Material design principles, while others have their own unique interface. So there are plenty of differentiating factors, and I'll delve into those in more detail below.

1. BaconReader

First up is BaconReader. With a straightforward interface where tapping a post title leads to the comments section and tapping a thumbnail opens the link, users who are new to Reddit should feel right at home here.

Subreddits can be accessed through a drop-down menu at the top of the screen, and a second action bar across the bottom provides quick access to common tools. For the most part, BaconReader uses Android's WebView plugin to display links, but YouTube videos, for instance, will open in an external app.

(1) Front Page, (2) Subreddit navigation (drop menu), (3) GIF playback (WebView)

BaconReader Quick Facts

  • Native link handling: WebView for most, others open externally
  • Readability mode (links optimized for mobile): Yes
  • Themes: Light/Dark/Black
  • Subreddit navigation: Drop-down menu
  • Post and comment filters: Yes
  • Multireddit support: Yes
  • Gestures: Swipe comments and posts for options
  • Material design: No
  • Unique features: Full screen mode
  • Price to remove ads: $1.99
  • iOS version: Yes

2. Now for Reddit

Next, we have Now for Reddit, whose interface is unique in the fact that it allows you to swipe between subreddits by default. While this is an artifact of Android 4.0's Holo interface, burgeoning Material design elements such as an additional full screen subreddit side navigation menu are present throughout the app.

A unique theme option in Now pulls subreddit header images to be used as the background for the app's action bar, but if this is disabled, a full RGB color picker allows you to choose your own background color. An in-app viewer is capable of handling most image and video links, so you can browse without interruptions.

(1) Front Page, (2) Subreddit navigation (side menu), (3) GIF playback (native pop-up viewer)

Now for Reddit Quick Facts

  • Native link handling: WebView, YouTube, Imgur, Gfycat
  • Readability mode (links optimized for mobile): No
  • Themes: Fully themeable (if subreddit header option disabled)
  • Subreddit navigation: Tabs and side navigation menu
  • Post and comment filters: No
  • Multireddit support: Yes
  • Gestures: Swipe to go back, swipe between subreddits
  • Material design: Yes
  • Unique features: Reddit TV support, swipe between subreddits
  • Price to remove ads: $2.49
  • iOS version: No

3. Reddit Is Fun

Our third option (in alphabetical order) goes by the name of Reddit Is Fun. At first glance, this app resembles Reddit's official interface more than any other, but several Material design elements have been sprinkled in here and there. For instance, a side navigation menu provides easy access to your subreddit list, and subtle drop shadows give depth and polish to the interface.

Reddit is Fun has no native link handling, so images and GIFs open in Android's WebView plugin. Links that cannot be displayed this way will be launched in an external app. One unique feature here is that a Synccit account can be attached so that your browsing history is saved across all of your devices.

(1) Front Page, (2) Subreddit navigation (side menu), (3) GIF playback (WebView)

Reddit Is Fun Quick Facts

  • Native link handling: WebView for most, others open externally
  • Readability mode (links optimized for mobile): No
  • Themes: Light/Dark/Black, downloadable themes (beta)
  • Subreddit navigation: Side navigation menu
  • Post and comment filters: Yes
  • Multireddit support: Yes
  • Gestures: None
  • Material design: Partial
  • Unique features: App settings backup, Synccit support for history
  • Price to remove ads: $1.99
  • iOS version: No, but there is a Synccit app available

4. Relay for Reddit

Up next, we have Relay for Reddit (previously known as Reddit News), which is probably the most gesture-oriented Reddit client out there. You can swipe a post for more options, swipe up when viewing a link to expand the comments, swipe to go back from almost any screen, and even swipe between tabs in the sharing menu.

A drop-down menu at the top of the screen serves as your subreddit menu, and Material design animations cause lists to playfully expand onto the screen. Relay has a native pop-up viewer for most of the common media sharing sites used on Reddit, so content consumption is a seamless experience.

(1) Front Page, (2) Subreddit navigation (drop menu), (3) GIF playback (native pop-up viewer)

Relay for Reddit Quick Facts

  • Native link handling: WebView, YouTube, Imgur, Gfycat
  • Readability mode (links optimized for mobile): Yes
  • Themes: Night/Black/Blue/Pink
  • Subreddit navigation: Drop-down menu
  • Post and comment filters: Yes
  • Multireddit support: Yes
  • Gestures: Swipe posts for options, swipe up to view comments
  • Material design: Yes
  • Unique features: View friends list
  • Price to remove ads: $2.99
  • iOS version: No

5. Sync for Reddit

Last, but certainly not least, comes Sync for Reddit. If Lord Duarte himself created a Reddit app, this is what it would look like. Sync's interface is chock full of Material design elements, which makes for a consistent user experience when run alongside most modern Android apps.

Sync supports more link types in its native pop-up viewer than any other app on this list, but users can opt to open links in an external app if they so choose. The side navigation menu allows for easy subreddit browsing, and many different color schemes are available. The first 10 pages of any subreddit can quickly be downloaded for offline use, which would come in handy for your next flight out of town.

(1) Front Page, (2) Subreddit navigation (side menu), (3) GIF playback (native pop-up viewer)

Sync for Reddit Quick Facts

  • Native link handling: WebView, YouTube, Imgur, Gfycat, streamable
  • Readability mode (links optimized for mobile): Yes
  • Themes: Fully themeable
  • Subreddit navigation: Side navigation menu
  • Post and comment filters: Yes
  • Multireddit support: Yes
  • Gestures: Swipe to go back, additional beta gestures
  • Material design: Yes
  • Unique features: Automatic night mode, offline sync
  • Price to remove ads: $3.79
  • iOS version: No

And the Winner Is...

If you ask me, this is an easy call. Hands down, no question about it, Sync for Reddit is the best Reddit client for Android. After testing the waters initially, I've been a Sync user for a few years now—but researching for this article only helped to reinforce my opinion here.

That said, each of these apps has its own unique features, as well as its strengths and weaknesses. Considering that everyone tends to use Reddit in their own unique way, your posting and lurking habits may be better suited to a different app than the one that works best for me.

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What is your favorite Reddit client for Android? Let us know in the comment section below, or drop us a line on Android Hacks' Facebook or Twitter, or Gadget Hacks' Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.

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