Looking for the best app for browsing the „front page of the internet?“ Here are our favorites!
If you’re on the internet, then you’ve probably heard of Reddit. It classifies itself as „the front page of the internet,“ and that’s a pretty accurate statement. It’s one of the most popular websites in the world (currently ranked 6th according to Wikipedia), and where a lot of news and internet memes begin, since it’s just hundreds of forums and message boards in one place.
I’ve been a Redditor for many years now, though most of my time is spent lurking rather than posting. The website is also my least favorite way to browse because there are many apps out there that make the overall experience so much nicer. We’ve rounded up the creme de la creme for iOS Reddit apps, so let’s dive in!
A personal favorite of mine, Apollo is one of the best Reddit apps hands-down.
Apollo is a simple and beautiful Reddit client that’s fast and packed with a ton of powerful features right from the get-go. You can quickly navigate through your subreddits with the Jump Bar, check out all kinds of entertainment with the fantastic Media Viewer, several different themes that can switch automatically depending on the time of day, and much more.
Even composing a post or comment is easy with full Markdown support, and you add full imgur albums and uploads inline with your post. And don’t get fooled by a Rick Roll again, because Apollo’s media viewer gives you thumbnail previews of images and videos before you open them.
You can also support the amazing and responsive developer by getting Apollo Pro through in-app tips. This unlocks additional app icons, filters and blocking capabilities, and much more. It’s highly customizable with many settings and tweaks. You can’t go wrong with Apollo.
Another good option is Narwhal—in fact, it’s what I used for a long time before Apollo came into the scene.
Narwhal is a fast and simple Reddit client that packs in a lot of information on the screen in a single, easy-to-read glance. The app is also heavily gesture-based since the developer built it with iOS in mind. It also carries an aesthetic that definitely feels like Reddit, but tidied up.
Narwhal is free, with an in-app purchase to unlock additional features, such as icons and more extras. However, the core features of the app remain free.
Readder is another good alternative, though it feels a bit barebones compared to others.
With Readder, users get a lightning fast, no-frills experience. The app will load up the front page quickly, and you can easily jump to whatever subreddit you’d like to view. You’ll be able to view all kinds of media with the gallery views, and there are also article previews, so you can make sure an article is worth clicking on.
The only negative is that you’ll have to pay for the $2.99 in-app purchase if you want to add your Reddit account, which lets you vote, write comments, and submit posts. However, Readder is completely free if you just want to read.
Slide for Reddit
For those who want a fresh approach to Reddit, then Slide is worth checking out with its Material-inspired design.
Slide features an interface that is unlike any of the other Reddit apps, and it looks gorgeous. When you launch the app, you’re asked to choose one of four beautiful themes and a display view. The card style is unique and allows you to smoothly view full previews of images and videos as you scroll through your subscriptions.
You can always change the look later to fit your own preferences, as the app supports complete customization. This means the colors can be changed to whatever you want, and there are a lot of other settings that you can tweak to make the app yours.
There’s also Slide Pro for $5, which unlocks things like multicolumn mode, more base themes, auto night mode, username scrubbing (anonymous account names), and more.
Beam for Reddit
Beam for Reddit is designed for browsing beautifully.
With Beam, users get a simple yet elegant interface that’s designed for simplicity and speed. There’s even a media browsing mode where you can view all of the images posted to a subreddit in a gallery form, with no text to distract from it. There’s support for Night Mode, multiple accounts, multi-Reddits, passcode lock, and more.
All of this can be used completely free. There are tipping options if you choose to support the developer.
Reddit: Trending News
If you’re the kind of person who prefers to just use the official app for everything, then there’s Reddit: Trending News. This used to be Alien Blue after Reddit purchased it.
With the official app, users get a minimal and clean interface that presents plenty of information in a single screen. You’ll get infinite scrolling, so there’s no end to the rabbit hole, auto-playing GIFs, fast load times, and more. Log in to your account and upvote away, submit posts, and leave comments on things that interest you!
This is how Reddit was meant to be, clearly.
What’s your favorite Reddit app?
Reddit’s a great way to get lost in entertainment for a few hours, so why not make the experience top-notch? These are some of the best Reddit apps available for iOS, with each on providing its own distinctive take on the front page of the internet.
Did we list your favorite Reddit app here? Let us know what you use in the comments!
This article was originally posted on iMore