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Readit is the most stunning Reddit client for Windows Phone, period

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.

QR: Readit

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

73 Comments
  • Lol Daniel is fanboying, it is a nice app though
  • This app can't be praised enough, honestly. The devs are awesome, too. I took part in the beta test, they had fixes out in under 48 hours.
  • Because the app is really really good. It would be weird if he wasn't excited. Best reddit app period.
  • Not really. Images aren't as nicely displayed as Baconit. Upvote downvote is easy as pea in Baconit. This one forces you to get out of your OS UI look and learn new ways to use it whereas Baconit feels native. The way a WP app was meant to be since 2010.
  • That's really high praise, considering how great of an app Baconit is... and yet I totally agree with you.  One minute playing with the Readit trial was all it took for me to decide to buy the app. 
  • What's the difference between the trial and the paid version?
  • One account support, only 10 images viewable from an album.
  • And only 60 posts per subreddit
  • I like the look of this app! Downloading now. I also like that grey case on the yellow @Daniel_Rubino
  • Downloading!
  • Baconit is better.
  • At this point yeah, Baconit has more functionality.
  • This app actually significantly outdoes Baconit in functionality, with the only exception I can notice being BaconSync.
  • Like in what way?
  • Looks great!
  • Its very good. These guys should make a flipboard/weave replacement.
  • They actually have an RSS reader called Fusion: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/fusion-reader-free/9572ccc6-...
  • So why is that cop asking him to drop it? It's Vegas, no open bottle law. And dropping it would equal to littering.
  • I live in vegas and if you think there is no open bottle law here, there is a name for people like you, defendants.
  • Nice. 
  • Hey, are you ok?  I heard you had an asthma attack on a plane?
  • Baconit is and has always been excellent. Unfortunately, it's been silent by way of updates as of late. Baconit's baconsync is a great feature to sync read links with the browser. With that said, I'm picking this up now. I love the design, the quick swype for the view filter, and just something different.
  • I've used baconit for a long time, but eventually the sheer lack of features made me start using readit more, and now I use readit full time and unpinned baconit. I will revisit baconit if it gets a big update but for now I prefer readit.
  • I will happily try this app. I'm downloading the trial right now. Does anybody know the limitations of the trial?
    However, it has big shoes to fill, I love Baconit ever since the BSOD prank they pull on us for Aprils fool. I just live that kind of sense of humour.
  • Only 10 images viewable in an album, only one account support (full version supports multiple accounts).
  • Hey Daniel I know this off topic but I have a interview report for school. I was wondering if it where possible if I could interview you on being a head writer and a avid blogger. Is there anyway I can email you or something to speak further on this?
  • email: daniel AT wpcentral DOT com
  • It's this kind of approachability that makes the Mobile Nations crew so awesome. Even though they represent the highest echelon of websites dedicated to everything mobile, they don't let it go to their heads and gladly talk to their readers.    Well, they may let it go to their heads a little bit. ;)
  • Yea I was not expecting such a quick response. This will get me an A for sure ^.^
  • I instantly replaced this app with baconit the minute I tried it. But it is a bit slower than baconit I think its because of the animations.
  • So pretty!!!  sooooooo much slower than Baconit. :/
  • +Bacon
  • Oh sweet. Downloading the trial now!
  • Update: What a sexy app. Great use of animations, and simplistic UI. Nice find Rubino!
  • seems like I can't install it in my 620. zz
  • Goodbye baconit
  • I might install it but it seems from the video it has to load each page and it doesnt seem to be very fast
  • Why can't I figure out how to pull up different subreddits, other than what is on the initial list on the front screen.  Little help please.
     
  • Tap All, pull out menu and search. Counterintuitive.
  • Ah! thanks.  Kind of a weird way to do it.  Hope they improve that.
  • Sign in then on the settings is the ability to remove / add any unwanted subs
  • If you go to subreddits you can swipe to the "explore" pane and find more by searching.
  • I'll try it I just dropped baconit for baconography today ill add this to the mix
  • I hate the region restrictions
  • This
  • i still prefer Baconit. After giving Readit a try, it will be hard to part away with the 'metro' style interface that i love from Baconit. Though Readit has a nice interface as well. Both apps have their equal share of pros and cons...mostly pros! loving the reddit apps!
  • I too like baconit.  My reasons   It's faster Baconsync Despite the tutorial, I can't figure out how to vote. Mobilizers for webpages.
  • Only thing I dislike is the CAPTCHA request on each post I make
  • I was sold right after I saw there's no "bacon" in the name.. Readit is a more serious, sensible and appealing name.
  • Bacon is yummy.
  • Salads are too but I'm not making Saladography apps.. All kidding aside, I just don't eat it for personal and religious reasons. Baconit and Baconography just seem "off" and lame to me, name-wise.
  • I think I see a new market for reddit apps that offend all religions. Abortit, fornicatography, reddgaymarriage.
  • Some religions deserve to be offended.
  • Please don't lead this into a religious debate. Readit is cool.
  • This app is really amazing.
  • It supports Flair. Cya later Baconit.
  • Just messed with it for about twenty minutes. Only complaints are viewing albums and how it handles self posts. I'm not completely satisfied with how Baconit handles albums, either, but I like how on there you can click the images and it will make the web browser in the app go full screen and you can then scroll up and down. I also don't understand why self posts wouldn't directly go to the comments page if you click anywhere on them. I could understand wanting consistency, but it doesn't feel natural.
  • Oh wow. Its available for 7.x too
  • Not available in Indonesia yet, and here I was, getting excited :(
  • Sabar bro :(
  • Its the grey 1020 case again! Please review it or at least tell me what it is called, I want to buy it but can't find it anywhere.
  • I'll see about doing it today or if not, tomorrow
  • Hey I request details/review on that case too!  
  • It does look stunning.
  • Not available in Indonesia region... *booo*
  • Wow. I feel completely the opposite. Readit is less functional to me.
  • WOW!! This app is gorgeous and responsive.  I'm in trial mode now, gonna use it a couple of days and see if it will replace my beloved Baconit. Thanks for the recomendation Daniel.
  • Nice looking app! I don't understand why Simple Calendar is mentioned every time beautiful design is discussed though.
    It isn't that great looking imo...
  • I'll tell you why: Every time I shoot a video or post a picture and Simple Calendar just happens to be in it, it's a 100% guarantee one or more people will ask what app it is. It has strong visual appeal to many people. I feel like I need to tag all my photos with "...and that's Simple Calnedar in the background" just to stop people from asking.
  • Yes I've also noticed that Daniel. :-)
    But it's only the live tile that is in all those photos, right? I think that the options that exist on ios for example is much more usable and better design. Cal, Sunrise, Fantastical.
    Microsoft really should open up their calendar APIs so that we could get better options to the built in one.
  • This app looks amazing, way better than BaconIt, but it need a way to add subs without a reddit account (local subscribe)
  • Apparently its 11 months ago all the time in that app
  • Am I the only one that can't get this to show gifs? Edit: just some gifs dont work. Most of the time they show up.