Note: I’m not going to follow your preferred format, as it’s not a bug report but a feedback
Note 2: I posted this on reddit: /r/brave_browser/comments/9efvjd/user_feedback/
Note 3: I hope the formatting sticks
I wanted to share my user-experience with you after using the Brave-Browser intensely for a week. (Version: 0.23.105 on Win10)
TLDR: Brave is a good browser I can so far recommend. I don’t like the handling of search engines and extensions though.
One of the main reasons for using it is quite probably the privacy concerns of a lot of people.
The first line of the subreddits descriptions says it all " Brave is an open-source, privacy-protecting […] web browser […]"
The settings give you quite good options to set the privacy as rigid as you want. It’s also got interesting settings for tab interaction, which I haven’t yet seen somewhere else. I don’t think I profited from this a lot yet, but the option to set which tab to switch to after closing the active one is pretty cool. I also like the “site isolation” option, how well it works I cannot say as I don’t understand how isolated the different processes are. (Adding something to your amazon cart without being logged in, puts it into your cart in a different tab, too.) Of course, there are synchronising options (I don’t use) and spelling checks for different languages (which I definitively need), but you get those things everywhere.
About the ad-blocking: I’m not sure, but it sounds as if “Adblock Plus” was implemented. I switched to uBlock Origin some time back in other browsers and never looked back. But it seems to work enough. It lacks the huge amounts of lists, but for me the not-tracking and getting-rid-of-social-buttons were the most important ones (apart from ads). Brave blocks tracking in other ways and I haven’t noticed a social button yet. Works for me so far.
I’m kinda excited about the brave-advertising, because giving to the content producers is important. I’m not yet using it though, as I don’t like profiling, even if it happens on my own machine.
What I really love is the out-of-the-box working script blocker. Yeah, sure, chrome got that, too, BUT you can either enable all or no script for a website, which kinda sucks. In Brave you can select the ones you want to allow in a quite user-friendly way. What I don’t like about it though is that everything is checked for allowing, and you got to unselect the ones you want to block instead of having to select the ones you want to allow. But that’s my personal preference.
Now to the problems I got with Brave:
Subjectively it feels a bit sluggish in comparison to my chrome browser with uBlock Origin and deactivated scripts.
Allowing scripts in one tab has no effect of the same script in another tab - sometimes ? I really can’t reproduce it. With some attempts the scripts are also disabled the other tab after reloading, with some attempts and different sites, it’s not. That might be me forking up though (therefore no bug report). I can’t see an option to void the permission to run the script. So instead of only showing the blocked scripts, showing all scripts would be cool. Also, I can’t find a way to permanently allow some scripts, so they permission is not lost after restarting. (with and without deleting the history)
First, I was kinda stoked to be able to have incognito tabs in the normal window, but now I dislike it. I prefer the new window way, where I can open another incognito tab with ctrl+t. I regularly mess that up and end up using a ‘regular’ tab while thinking I use an incognito one. - This isn’t really a problem as I right now delete all cookies and the history after shutting it down, but it might be for others or future me.
Where I have to really scold Brave are the Addons. They’re there without me installing them, preinstalled. That’s a red flag right there. Also, I can only ‘deactivate’ them, it seems I can’t actually get rid of them. There are 4 password plugins (1Password, Bitwarden, Dashlane, LastPass), one “use the most current coupons when shopping online” (!!eleven!) (Honey), a torrent-viewer, a pdf-viewer, something for Etherium and some kind of Pocket (?). I want the PDF-Viewer and nothing else. Others might use all or none, but I don’t want it in my browser. (for me it looks like bloatware.)
Search Engines, now that’s something I really love about Chrome. Don’t want to google.com/search?q=asdf*&ie=BlaBla-8&oe=BS-8&client=GO_AWAY*, change it. Don’t like to have Amazon/Bing/Quant/Twitter/Yahoo/Yandex search options in your browser? You don’t have to. Want Pons or Dict or [Oxforddictionaries/UrbanDictionary/GMaps/organic-chemistry.org/cnet] or Reddit / Subreddits? Easy Peasy, just add https://www.dict.cc/?s=%s / https://www.reddit.com/search?q=%s to a list, add your keyword, BAM it works. IMO one of the best features of chrome.
SO WHY CHANGE THAT ? ? ?
Admittedly, cool that they added :wa, but you won’t ever get all the search engines some users might want.
Using Tor-Tabs? I’m not so sure about that. Haven’t tried it, as I use the Tor-Browser for that, but is a nice idea.
Conclusion: A good Browser which could be a great browser with a few (probably little) changes.
Thanks for reading!
Edit: Clarification on the ‘not-bug-report’