Trying Out Brave Browser! Here's Why I Won't Switch Just Yet

in review •  2 months ago

I've had the Brave browser installed for quite some time now, but I hadn't actually used it for any decent amount of time. Yesterday I decided that I would try work the entire day, using only the Brave browser instead of Firefox. You can read about my experience below.


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Source: Brave Branding Assets


What is Brave?

Those of you who are already familiar with Brave can skip to the next paragraph. Brave is a new type of browser that automatically blocks all advertisements and tracking. As you visit websites, those websites will get paid a small amount of money (BAT Tokens) for each visit made through the Brave webbrowser.

Brave users get a small amount of BAT tokens when they first install the Brave browser. They can also top up their balance with micro payments, using other cryptocurrencies.

My Experience Using Brave

I'll start with what I like about Brave. For the day and a half that I've been using Brave, I've noticed that some websites actually load faster than they do on Firefox. I'm very pleased with the ad-blocking capabilities and all websites that I use regularly seem to display without any issues. The fact that you can support creators automatically might become the future of web browsing, I think it's an amazing feature.

Importing all my data from Firefox was easy, but I did run into some annoying little issues. For some reason my imported bookmarks were not displayed on the Brave bookmark toolbar, I had to drag and drop every bookmark folder onto the toolbar myself. I really don't like how the bookmarks toolbar is displayed on Brave compared to Firefox. There's no clear separation between the address field, bookmark toolbar and the content view.

On Brave:

On Firefox:

As you can see, on Firefox everything looks a bit more polished and clearly separated. Websites on the bookmarks toolbar (in Firefox) have their favicons displayed and are also clearly defined by those folder icons.

On Brave, the bookmarks toolbar looks more messy in my opinion, you can barely see the difference between websites and folders. There is also too much padding between different UI elements, but that's just personal preference perhaps.

The main reason why I will not be using Brave as my main browser just yet, is because there are currently no additional themes available. The standard color scheme of the Brave browser is just something I can't get used to. I mean, I have no issue with either Firefox, Chrome or Opera's standard themes, Brave is the first browser that causes me to become very annoyed when I'm just working with it.

I don't think this is just a matter of getting used to it. I know it might sound like a very petty reason not to switch over, certainly given that I really like how it works, but for me it's just very important that I feel comfortable when I'm working.

Once they add more themes and fine-tune their overall design, I would switch over in a heartbeat!

Download Brave Browser Here to See for Yourself!

Let me know what you think about Brave in the comment section!


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I really like Brave - mostly because it plays so well with Metamask! Plus it feels great to support the cryptocurrency ecosystem rather than the established big tech players :)

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Yeah I was really glad when I saw that Metamask just worked :)

I have been using it for awhile, mainly to do research as I can set it to TOR browsing and also don't get the top ten I am also able to find articles that are blocked by other browsers. The rest of the time I use chrome because it does have better graphics. I had no problem with importing my bookmarks to Brave. I do a lot of sensitive research so it is amazing to be able to be searches without all the spies and targeted ads.

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Oh, I did not know it could also go on the TOR network. Gotta check that out.

I didn't really understand the mechanism behind. Basically wesbites get BAT tokens instead of ADS revenue? Seems interesting as an idea though @daan

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Yeah they receive bat tokens, which can be exchanged for other cryptocurrencies on different exchanges. Those you can then exchange for USD. Indeed, they receive that because all ads are blocked with Brave.

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Been using Brave for the last 6 months - but not for everything. They still do not have some of the functionality I need for certain tasks. But on the whole, it's been a good experience.

Namaste, Jaichai

This is a really nice review, I am happy with your opinion so I am really gonna try this browser.

Thank you :)

Interesting to know that it is mainly aesthetics that is keeping you from moving to it full time. I have heard about Brave, but I haven't checked it out yet. I am so dedicated to Chrome that I think it would be hard to make the switch. Google Docs don't work as well in other browsers as they do inside of Chrome.

I miss a page sharing link on the standard UI. Am I perhaps just not seeing it? Or is there perhaps a settings option for sharing browser content I have not discovered yet? Every so often I come across a site I would like to share with friends and it is frustrating not to have that option readily available.

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