One small problem as of recently
So I've been using this app essentially from when it was created and I have and still do absolutely love. I only use a fraction of all the features it has to offer and even still it is by far the best Reddit mobile experience I've seen.
However, for the past week or so there's been a reoccurring glitch that has been incredibly frustrating. I'm using an iPhone 7 running iOS 11.2.1 for the record. So this usually occurs after I've been using the app for at least 10-15 minutes continuously. I'll be a few dozen posts down through my home page or one specific subreddit and suddenly I'll lose the ability to click on posts. I can scroll through the subreddit, click on the thumbnail, vote, and even use haptic touch or whatever it's called. But I can't click in a way that brings me to the post's "page" and thus there's no way I can view more than the top couple comments. The problems seems to fix itself temporarily when I force close the app and come back, but then I lose my place in the subreddit or on my home page. It's a very annoying problem on an app that has otherwise worked perfectly.
Please fix soon, and my rating will go back up to 5 stars.
Getting dangerously close...
Just upgraded to 1.1.5 and as I was expecting some additional functionality, the update from 1.1.1 appears to be a step backwards. Running iOS 11.2.1 on an iPhone X, there are bugs explicitly mentioned in the change log which have been made worse, specifically the filtering from r/All (shows as filtered via button change but not added to filter list, nor able to manually enter a subreddit to the list). The four new icons have an error when applying (a popup actually comes up to contact the developer if I’m seeing the message, and the issue persists). There are just a few things missing which will allow me to delete Alien Blue once and for all. A gallery mode based on the current subreddit, and the ability to use gestures to filter subreddits from r/All are nearly the only things keeping me from permanently switching to Apollo. Also from a UI perspective, in compact mode, lines to break up posts are probably not necessary, as each post is identical in height, and merely an appropriate amount of white/black space between posts should suffice.
Keep up the great work!
Beautiful App, but requires payment to post
I was really feeling this app (an AMAZING amount of customization options are available to optimize your viewing, as well as night mode and even icon customization [the last of which you do need to pay for]) right up until I was told it was p2p (pay-to-post).
Look, I get it. You need revenue to avoid filling this thing up with ads, because excessive ads can/will drive away users. And I totally understood the paid cosmetic customization decisions. But having posting behind a paywall was a huge no go for me. That’s literally what Reddit is, a giant *free to use* Internet forum for sharing ideas. You don’t have to buy Reddit gold to post (and though obviously those donors who do buy Reddit gold help keep it running, the average user is not required to donate), and if I don’t need to pay to use Reddit, I’m sure as heck not going to pay to use Reddit through a third party app.
For me, that was the big deal breaker. Otherwise, I think it’s a beautiful app and seemed very nicely done (I honestly really did enjoy the 15 minutes of browsing I did with it, there are some amazing features), but I’ll be sticking with the official Reddit app for now.
Easily the best reddit app
By Paul Dunahoo
Apollo is easily the best reddit app available for the iPhone, not only because of how full-featured it is but also because of its reliability (an issue with some other reddit clients I’ve tried).
My one complaint for most users is not that relevant to them, but it’s relevant enough to my situation that it is worth mentioning: 4” iPhone optimization could be a little bit better. (Models of iPhones with these screen sizes include the 5, 5s, 5c, and most importantly these days the SE). When I navigate to a subreddit the only immediately-available options for me in the navigation bar are a go back option, a change subreddit option, and a sort-by option. The rest of my options are hidden under an other button. While understandable, it can be somewhat annoying as the ability to customize this navigation bar to have smaller buttons so I can immediately access a submission button would be a welcome option. (Adding a compact mode for navigation would also suffice).
But really, that’s a minor complaint that mostly only effects me. Get Apollo and delete your other reddit client.
The sky come down to earth
I forgot I was in a new app. I already knew this place...i was immediately immersed in the experience of what a reddit app should have always been. My muscle memory took to it and navigated the sea of content with instantaneous attentive purchase and without thinking, without even learning...its like I was an expert without practice. It simply feels correct. It’s as if some part of me knew, always knew, like the childhood home of an amnesia victim, i knew where all the doorknobs were already, it all seems so familiar. It’s a reminder that beyond our ken, existing unreachable, is the True and Optimum reddit interface that others could only try to reach for, the golden door to content that was *supposed* to be all along...and though we had to wait this long for it... it must have always there, before reddit....before earth, outside of time, beyond the crystal sphere, the platonic ideal of a reddit app, now an anachronism crashed down out of the sky onto our imperfect mortal world. It’s perfect, and we don’t deserve it.
Not really holding up to the official Reddit app for me so far
Comment threads are easier to follow and I like the personalized settings (although you can’t personalize much unless you pay money), but I generally dislike the app’s formatting. I don’t like that the subreddit of a post and the time it was posted are both listed at the bottom of the post as opposed to the top of it like it is on the official reddit app. I have to scroll past the content to see what subreddit it’s on in order to properly contextualize what I’m looking at, which bothers me. I also dislike how you have to manually choose how you want posts filtered on each subreddit every time you visit a subreddit. For example, there are certain subreddits that I like to have filtered by new posts (such as r/instantkarma & r/JusticeServed). The official Reddit app remembers what I last set each subreddit to, whereas Apollo does not and I have to manually change the post filter every time. If there’s some way around this that I’ve missed someone please enlighten me. Until then, this app isn’t quite doing it for me and I’m regretting spending money on it.
Apollo trumps Antenna!!
Came from another Reddit app called Antenna. It was one of the best mobile Reddit experiences I ever had, simple and clean and so many useful gestures I wouldn’t have to lift a fingir sometimes. Sadly the app hasn’t been updated in a month or so but before that performance was getting real bad with stuttering and crashing frequently. While on the Antenna sub people were recommending this app as an alternative to the official Reddit app. Although I had to make a donation to unlock gestures to get it to work similarly to Antenna this new app is far superior in many ways. It’s really fast and snappy and actually loads everything with no major problems so far. Some more positives is the dark mode on Apollo is far superior to Antenna’s, and if you have an iPhone X there’s a darker mode to take advantage of the OLED panel. I’ve made this my default Reddit app now although I will still go back and forth with my old ones if the performance ever improves but for now I’m gonna use Apollo heavily now!!!
So much I like, too many bugs to keep using.
When this app works as intended, it is awesome. Tons of useful features, beautiful UI, smooth and customizable.
When the app doesn’t work as intended...well, I’ve gone back using to the official Reddit app. The bug where I forget to re-orientate the screen before I exit a video and my position on the page suddenly changes and the font goes all wonky on certain posts: frustrating. The bug that occurs when clicking directly on a gif or video link and it refuses to play/load until I click through the comments: infuriating. The bug where only the first 20 or so links show up regardless of how many times I refresh, causing me to kill & restart the app (sometimes several times): untenable.
I appreciate the effort the dev has put into building this app, but the updates come out far too slowly (yes, I did pay for the premium version), and the bugs are far too frustrating to justify my continued use.
Here’s to hoping future versions are better. I will keep an open mind.
*iPhone 7+ 256gb with over 50% storage avail.
It has everything!
As advertised, the app is smooth, fast, very intuitive, and incredibly responsive. As a reference, it loads reddit and reddit content faster than Safari or Opera!
Controls are simple and customizable and there isn’t any accidental “didn’t mean/want to do that” swiping or tapping. Based on my experience using Reddit’s own app, this is a huge improvement and a definite must-have if you go to reddit frequently. I’m seriously impressed with this app and I’d say that even the lowest $2.99 donation for Apollo Pro is probably an undersell to support the talented developer. Don’t worry; not paid for this any way other than the great experience this app has made out of my daily reddit browsing.
Is it perfect? No, but I think it hits the old N64 levels of perfection with a few hardly noticeable bugs versus today’s rushed-to-console games filled with bugs that are patched later. If you enjoy very high-quality apps/software, you must download this app.
Finally a worthy successor to Alien Blue
I love reddit. I spend a large portion of my free time on the site and I used to do this using Alien Blue, easily on of the best iOS reddit clients ever released. But after reddit swooped in and choked the life out of that precious app, I went on the hunt for a proper replacement. Two years ago, I stumbled across this app when it was first announced and decided to give it a try.
Things were tough for a while. One developer and a mountain of bugs and problems. So while I continued to use alternatives as my main reddit experience, I kept coming back to this app for more casual browsing. And finally the app is here and it's everything it was promised to be and more. Absolutely fantastic. Proper iPad support and a few other QOL features would make it even better, but it's worth not only a download and a five-star rating, but a solid purchase and extra tip as well.
Great job Christian and I can't wait to see where the app goes next.