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.
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.
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.