Reddit calls itself the front page of the internet, but it's a little more difficult than that to define to outsiders. It's part social media, part news, and a big part entertainment. Despite Reddit's great and growing popularity, they still lack an official Android app, and so, just as we see with Twitter, there are dozens of clients you can use to upvote cat videos and Android rumors on the go. And among those dozens, here are the ones we at Android Central think are most worthy of your use.
So, without further ado, here are our top five Reddit apps for Android!
1. Reddit News
Reddit News was the best Reddit Android app out there about a year and a half ago, and while it's still working and beloved by many of its users… the stable app also hasn't been updated in six months. It has a clean holo interface, a fair amount of features and formats, but at the same time, the only hints that anything is going on with this app are the Beta group and the activity in said beta's [Google+ page](https://plus.google.com/communities/104074419009486608210 Reddit News Beta Community). The themes here are nice (I'm always a sucker for a good black theme), but unless you're willing to get involved with the beta and the errors and force-closes that brings, keep reading.
- Free, $1.99 upgrade - Download now
2. Reddit is fun
I found Reddit is fun to be the Reddit app that looked and felt the most like the web version. Take that as you will. This app is slightly more feature-friendly than Reddit News, but it doesn't really list it out for you in the app description, instead using that space to explain each of the app permission they ask for. I'm all for devs explaining permissions, I applaud it… but maybe give us a bit more in-depth of an explanation, too. Yet again we have a nice dark theme with good tablet support and a beta community on Google+, though a slightly less active one. Nonetheless, a solid offering with good design and a reactive dev.
- Free, $1.99 upgrade - Download now
3. Reddit sync
Reddit sync is one of the prettiest apps out there, but that said, when you're browsing through it, it just doesn't look a whole lot like Reddit. It feels kinda like pinterest, or what Google Newsstand shoulda been when you're in a newsier part of the app. It's the same card style that Google is moving towards for L - and I'm looking forward to seeing the full-tilt Material Design theme. Also, Google should take notes on not only the dark theme but the AMOLED theme. That said, pinterest-y or not, it's also one of the better ways to surf Reddit, especially for media content. Reddit sync's cards are easy to use and scroll through, though with graphic-heavy sections, you'll be scrolling much quicker than you would on other apps.
Reddit sync is also very friendly to users who don't have unlimited data, allowing you to sync your account and browse offline. It also has a 'minimize bandwidth' feature to help you stretch that data cap further. The feature list goes on, with spoiler tags, multi-user and a very, very, VERY active dev who is quick to respond to complaints in the Play Store and in the subReddit for Reddit sync. The app currently has three versions, the free, the pro, and the dev version, which is their version of a beta and not run through Google+. These may condense somewhat as Google tries to steer devs from the separate free/pro app model to IAPs, but the dev has sworn that he will not simply yank the pro version away from those who paid for it, unlike some developers we know (I'm looking at YOU, WeatherBug!!). If you want a Google-ish Reddit app with a very active dev and a rich feature set, here's your winner. It is also, however, the most expensive of the bunch.
- Free, $2.49 upgrade - Download now
4. BaconReader for Reddit
BaconReader is another of the more established Reddit apps out there, still boasting Jelly Bean compatibility and ICS-inspired design in their app description. However, unlike Reddit News, BaconReader's dev team, OneLouder, has been kept up with updating their stable app more. Now, if OneLouder sounds familiar, that's because they're also responsible for a number of other apps including 1Weather and twitter client TweetCaster. BaconReader has been getting accolades since last year, when it was a Webby nominee, and the praise is well deserved. Their app is slick, customizable, and best of all easy to get accustomed to. BaconReader boasts that it is the best Reddit app with a "Redditorial" (Reddit tutorial), and it certainly makes it easy to get up to speed with the app and get Redditing like a pro. The OneLouder team is also attentive to its users on its subReddit.
- Free, $1.99 - Download now
5. Flow for Reddit (Pre-Beta)
It's as pretty as Carbon… but there's quite a few bugs.
Flow for Reddit is a long way from being the top Reddit app, or even being a completely stable app, but it has the same design quality and the same tragedy of that app: lack of dev attention. And I don't entirely blame him, the developer of Flow for Reddit works for Motorola and in case you haven't noticed they've been a little busy lately being the biggest teases in the world ahead of their event in September. So, while I wouldn't rush out to install this app, I would probably join the alpha/beta community just to stay posted on any future changes. Like Carbon, I have a feeling that changes will come in big bursts after long periods of silence. And he's been quiet for a few months.
- Free - Download now
Your favorite Reddit app for Android?
So, what are you rocking for Reddit? Are you an old-school Redditor who wants a more classic layout, or are you down with Reddit sync's cards? Tell us in the comments below!