Using Reddit’s website on Android is a nightmare. They have a beta for a mobile-optimized site coming, but that still feels a bit too far out. If you plan on spending a couple of minutes to a few hours every day redditing (hey, we’ve all been there) from that big beautiful Android phablet screen, you’re going to need a dedicated Reddit app – one that’s going to go well with Lollipop’s new Material Design language and one that’s going to pre-cache content so that when you tap on that hot new GIF twenty hours before it’s on Facebook, it will load instantly.
Because let’s face it, nobody has time for staring at that dreadful spinning wheel for seven seconds!
1. Sync for Reddit
It won’t come as a surprise to many of you that Sync for Reddit is on the top of our list. The app follows Material Design guidelines closely, has sharp typography, beautiful themes, supports multi-reddits, is great at pre-loading content, and overall the app is a joy to use. The app defaults to Cards view, but you can switch to the old small cards and list view. The app makes reading and posting both pretty easy. Frequent actions like voting, commenting, saving and sharing posts are usually just a tap away.
There’s also an automatic and customizable Night Mode that will make late night redditing in the bed a little bit easier on your eyes (we can use all the help we can get in that area). The app is free and there are no restrictions, but the app will show non-intrusive banner ads at the bottom of the screen. You can get rid of them by paying a couple of dollars or by using an ad blocker.
2. Relay for Reddit
Relay for Reddit is up there with Sync, but I personally prefer Sync more. Relay is similar in many regards, with Material Design influences and sharp typography, but some interaction elements are not as good as Sync’s. For instance, you need to swipe on cards for options to show up, and the cards are not big and beautiful like Sync’s. Other than that, Relay is feature rich, and sometimes it’s hard to tell the two apps apart. Relay is also fairly fast at caching content offline, and ultimately that makes browsing images and memes a lot better.
One feature I like in Relay is the big Clear button. It basically hides all the read items. For someone who uses the app multiple times a day, this is a great way to make sure you don’t see the same thing again and again. All of Relay’s features are available in the free app, but you can pay to remove ads.
3. Swipe for Reddit
Swipe for Reddit is like Tinder for Reddit. There’s no list, no cards, nothing. Just launch the app, and you’ll see the front page content front and center. Swipe right to view the next piece of content. Swipe is fast and easy for mindlessly browsing Reddit. It’s also a really simple app. You can’t log in, view comments (it will let you open the comments in another Reddit client, though) or upvote.
4. RedReader Beta
On the surface, RedReader Beta might not look like a special app. In the age of Material Design, the app is still following the Holo design language of yore. But RedReader will appeal to a specific part of the Reddit population. The app is free and open source. That means no annoying ads. And if you’re equipped, you can dig in the code and make the app better yourself. Plus, the app is fast. It’s simple. The design isn’t anything to write home about, but it gets the job done.
5. Now for Reddit
Now for Reddit lies somewhere between Relay and RedReader. You have a big cards view but a UI that’s not as polished as Sync’s. But the app is mighty fast and has all the basic Reddit features for reading, uploading, commenting and saving content.
Another app worth checking out is BaconReader for Reddit.
Do you have a favorite way to enjoy Reddit on Android? Feel free to share in the comments below.