Notable New iPad Apps: Reddzine – Magazine Style Reddit Client

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Reddzine is a new magazine-style Reddit client for the iPad.

I have to admit that, prior to today, I’d never spent much time at all with Reddit. I was aware that it’s a hugely popular site, but I had never quite made the move over to it when Digg started losing steam. So when I received a promo email about the new iPad app I thought it was interesting, and also about time that I took a peek at Reddit – and I’m glad I did.

The app has got a basic, easy to use interface that makes it easy to browse around all of Reddit’s good content. It opens to the /Pics section which is full of good stuff – and it’s easy to move around to other sections (are these subreddits?, I’m a rookie) with just a couple of taps.

Reddzine Funny Pic

Each section offers a collage of thumbnails. A single tap on any of them brings it up as a popover. A tap on an image gets you a larger version of it. Another single tap gets you to the comments area.

Despite being an absolute newbie at Reddit, I enjoyed exploring and browsing round it via Reddzine for a good chunk of time this morning. I even found a decent section on Austin.

Reddzine Austin

The app is free, but you need to get a $2.99 upgrade to Reddzine Pro via In-App purchase in order to interact with the comments area. I found myself enjoying Reddit more than enough to A) Register an account and B) Happily pay for the upgrade so I could view and join in the comments.

I find with a lot of social networks and popular sites that I’ll get much more engaged if they have a good iPad app. In the case of Reddit, a good iPad app has helped me discover the site – I’ll be keeping the app and spending more time getting to know Reddit.

My only wish list item for Reddzine so far is support for landscape mode – right now it’s portrait mode only.

Here’s an App Store link for Reddzine; it’s a free app with In-App purchase options as mentioned above.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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