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  1. The Ultimate Hacker News App Comparison for Android

    I’ve reviewed the most popular and recommended Android apps for consuming Hacker News on the go. The apps are tested on a Galaxy Nexus running 4.1 Jelly Bean. If you have tried other apps, please let me know in the comments :)

    Hacker News Beta by Airlock Software

    Play Store Rating / Downloads: 4.2 / 5000 - 10000
    My Rating:  5/5

    Pros

    • The most complete app
    • Beautiful ICS+ Compliant design
    • Beautiful & intuitive user profiles
    • Links opens within app
    • Possibility to view links in 3rd party browser
    • Comment & upvote functionality

    Cons

    • No search functionality
    • Cannot add new links/posts
    • No sharing
    • No infinite scroll on home page
    Bottom line
    Perhaps the best app, at least as long as you don’t require sharing of posts (big issue for many, myself included) or search.

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    Hacker News Android by Ricky Laishram

    Play Store Rating / Downloads: 4.0 / 500 - 1000
    My Rating:  5/5

    Pros

    • Beautiful ICS+ design
    • Links opens within app (default)
    • Setting to view links in 3rd party browser
    • Comment & upvote functionality
    • Super fast & snappy
    • Sharing
    • Infinite scroll

    Cons

    • No search functionality
    • Cannot add new links/posts
    • Only available for Android 4.0+ (ICS)
    • Slightly unstable (experienced FC once when posting a comment)
    Bottom line
    Probably the best choice as long as you run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or above, and you don’t require search functionality. 

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    Hacker News Droid by Gleb Popov

    Play Store Rating / Downloads: 4.1 / 10000 - 50000
    My Rating:  4/5

    Pros

    • Good design
    • Favicons/mini images next to posts
    • Save posts for later
    • Sharing
    • Instapaper/Pocket (aka Read It Later) integration
    • Lite/text view of links within app
    • Night mode

    Cons

    • No search functionality
    • Relies on 3rd party browser to view content
    • Not possible to add articles/links/comments/upvotes
    Bottom Line
    A well designed and stable app ideal for passive users of HN that prefer to view articles in a 3rd party browser (such as Chrome or Dolphin). Direct Instapaper/Pocket integration is not really that useful - it would only take one extra click to add it through the share feature.

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    Hacker News Reader by Corey Trager

    Play Store Rating / Downloads: 3.8 / 10000 - 50000
    My Rating:  3/5 

    Pros

    • Search functionality
    • Instapaper integration
    • Sharing
    • Possibility to view comments through 3rd party browser if you want to comment

    Cons

    • Ad supported
    • Ugly design
    • Relies entirely on 3rd party browsers to view links
    • Not possible to add comments/upvotes/links/posts.
    Bottom Line
    The only reason to choose this app is the search functionality. If search isn’t that important, you should probably consider the other apps instead.

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    HN - Hacker News Reader by Manuel Maly

    Play Store Rating / Downloads: 4.6 / 5000 - 10000
    My Rating:  4/5

    Pros

    • Beautiful design (Best design of all IMO)
    • View links within app
    • Post sharing
    • Extremely simple

    Cons

    • No search functionality
    • Only the front page (no New or Ask HN categories)
    • Not able to comment/upvote/add content
    • Extremely simple
    Bottom Line
    Good for passive users of the HN that don’t comment, search or add any content. If you mainly use your HN app to check the front page while on the go, this app may be right for you.

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    Hacker News Full by Chad Etzel

    Play Store Rating / Downloads: 3.3 / 10000 - 50000
    My Rating:  1/5

    Pros

    • None

    Cons

    • Does not load any content
    • Terrible design
    • No search functionality
    • Not able to add any content
    Bottom Line
    In it’s current state it’s completely useless.

    Published by Thomas Kjemperud, November 11th, 2012 under #hacker news #android #apps #products #thomas.do #recommendation (4 notes)

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