I also intensely dislike the split navbar, and I joined just to give this feedback.
When I want to open a new tab, I want to be next to the URL bar so I can start typing to search. As it stands, I had to just figure out how the thing worked (which admittedly took a while since it is absolutely counterintuitive - Android settings are AT THE TOP) and then now have to move my hand across the entire length of my screen, which is a LARGE screen, do to an extremely basic task. This is a really bad usability change from my perspective and it should be optional or reverted.
That’s to say nothing about losing another band of screen real estate when there is literally no reason for it (and scrolling up to show the UI so I can get to something on the bottom of the screen? Really? How does that make any intuitive sense whatsoever?).
And guess what’s still at the top of the screen? the Brave icon, which I have clicked on zero times ever in using Brave mobile in the last two years.
I realize that Brave wants to be differentiated from the Chromium project, but if you’re being honest Google has spent a lot of time and money on the UI, and there’s a reason why it’s all at the top.