Reddit is one of the most popular destinations on the Internet, famous for providing netizens with hours and hours of informative and amusing content. A lot of content on Reddit ends up going viral thanks to the very active community of users that vote and comment upon every shared link/tidbit. The Reddit website, in its nascent days, got really famous because of its simple navigation and site structure. It was fluid and really quick to use.
However, the same can’t be said about the Reddit for Android or the experience on other mobile browsers. The lack of a dedicated mobile portal only meant that browsing Reddit on mobiles involved hours of pinch-to-zoom and miles of scrolling sideways.
Reddit for Android
As always, Android developers got wind of the problem and came up with an Android Reddit app called F5. To its credit, the app makes it really easy to go through the tunnels of Reddit on an Android device. Here’s how it works.
Reading Reddit on Android
Opening the app takes you to the top most Reddit (i.e. the Reddit Front Page), and you are immediately provided with a ton of content to read. This content appears as a neat little list of items that can be tapped to read.
Tapping any item brings up a friendly menu, which shows you all the ways in which you can interact with it. For example, upon clicking a post to an image, you will have options to view the comment thread, open the link it points to in a browser/app, and upvote, downvote it.
The top left of the screen is a selector that lets you change to the desired subreddit of your choice, while the top right section contains a selector to filter content based on parameters such as freshness and popularity. Clicking on any of the filters (or changing subreddits for that matter) quickly refreshes the page with the content that you want to see.
The only Reddit app for Android you’ll need
If you are one who actually like to interact with the Reddit community and get your voice across, you can do that as well. By clicking Menu > Settings, you have the option of providing your Reddit credentials so that all the activity within the app will be connected to your Reddit account. This includes all votes you give, all votes you receive, and also the comments that your make. It’s really as holistic as the desktop experience is.
My only gripe with the app lies in its handling of long comment/content threads. If you click on any content that has a long comment thread (say, more than 50), then the internal formatting and pagination that occurs, really takes quite a bit of time to display correctly. However, this is only a small flaw with an otherwise great app, which is actually almost imperceptible on a high speed connection.
All in all, despite the speed flaw, F5 delivers a great Reddit for Android experience which is as close as possible to one on the desktop. If you are a Reddit fan, this Reddit Android app should definitely be amongst your downloads.