We’re big fans of Reddit (reddit.com). It provides hours of entertainment, knowledge and general distractions for life. So far, our favorite client for Windows Phone has been the powerful Baconit, a superb demonstration of Windows Phone coding that also makes using Reddit a breeze. We also really enjoy Baconography, another fantastic offering.
However, today, we have what is arguably the most striking Reddit client yet: Readit, from Message Across Studios. We’re not going to pull any punches here: Readit’s design is one of the top we’ve seen for any Windows Phone app, let alone one dedicated for Reddit. You can toss it up there with 627.am, Simple Calendar, Vieather and anything by Rudy Huyn. (Actually, we know why we like it, as it reminds us very much of Amazon’s Kindle app.).
Watch our video review below and see why it’s so great.
Readit for Windows Phone 8 features
- Live Tiles
- Lock Screen Backgrounds
- Lock Screen Notifications
- Toast Notifications
- Pinning Subreddits to your start screen for easy access
- Swipe View
- Complete Imgur integration with native Album browsing
- Gilded comments indicator
- Complete Reddit markdown support
- Very high performance
- Customizable Theme
- A stunning and beautiful interface
For a version 1.0, that is a lot of features for a Reddit client. In using the app, we truly enjoy the fluidity of the graphic animations, the tutorial on functions, the minimalist but revealing layout and yes, even the full GIF support.
Our lockscreen took around 30 minutes to update (it uses the default sub-reddit /r/earthporn, which is always a great choice) and we really enjoyed the ability to pin sub-reddit’s to our Start screen for quick access.
Frankly, the app has just about everything we want: Live Tiles, Lockscreen support, Sharing (Social Network, Email, SMS, Pocket), View Sidebar, Open in IE, Copy Post URL…we can go on and on. It’s a full featured, outstandingly designed application that is a gem on Windows Phone. (Okay, we do wish there was a way to save images directly, so that’s one complaint).
Are we gushing? Sure. But every once in a while you have to call a spade a spade, and we’re doing that with Readit today.
Readit runs for a pricey, but totally worth it, $1.99. There is a free trial, which we strongly encourage you to give a go—if only to see the app in action. Do you want to interact with the developers? Have a request? In true Reddit fashion, they have their own sub-reddit: /r/ReaditForWP
Developers: the bar has once again been set.
You can pick up Readit for Windows Phone 8 here in the Store, or scan the QR code below. Highly recommended.