Developer: Craig Merchant
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5S

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★½
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

I have to admit, until recently I never really ventured into the world of Reddit. I’m not a huge fan of the site interface, and for some reason it never really occurred to me to seek out an app for my phone. This has possibly all changed with the introduction of Redd; a Reddit client made especially for those who want to avoid the clutter and chaos of the main website. And one that is perfect for those who, like me, just want to use the dip-in/dip-out approach.

IMG_1776IMG_1778The remarkably clean and simple looking interface is the first thing one will notice as they load the app. A sea of whitespace highlighted with a touch of red – it’s easy on the eyes, and a breeze to navigate. The typeface is fairly easy to read despite its light and thin demeanor, and its ability to filter the posts from the tabs at the bottom make it practically effortless to handle.

Being able to utilize this feature means that no matter what subreddit board I happen to be on I can opt to view from any of the following categories: Hot, New, Rising, Controversial, and Top. Depending on the category I happen to check out, the content will vary. This is a great way to not only keep up with the most popular Reddit threads, but also to check out the most recently posted topics. While checking out each of the subreddit boards, it’s also possible to subscribe to any one of them. By doing this, users have to go into their settings and log in to their Reddit account, where there’s also an option to turn off any NSFW content should the need arise.

IMG_1781IMG_1779Once subscribed to a board, tapping on the icon at the top left corner will instantly bring up a list of all subscriptions, followed by a list of all the other boards underneath. Unfortunately, differentiating between my subscriptions and non-subbed boards is fairly tricky as instead of any color-coding or font differentiation it appears as one big list, which can be a bit troublesome to navigate if looking for something in particular. Tapping on the icon in the top right corner will allow users to manage the subscription preferences, and if desired add a story of their own. Doing so is altogether straightforward, and any images are uploaded straight to imgur.

What’s also great about Redd is the ability to check out related content whilst on the move, as well as also share image links to a variety of places. While viewing a specific board, tapping on the thread title will allow the user to view the media in a full-screen mode and also connect to an external website link if there is one. Comments are integrated into the thread, with the option to give the user karma by tapping the arrow in the top right hand corner.

Overall, Redd is the perfect app for those looking for a simple and straightforward experience without all the bells and whistles.

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