So far, it seems like it comes down to Firefox, Chrome or Vivaldi on desktop. I’m tempted by Vivaldi.
The desktop choice is probably easier as they’ll mostly work the same and things like data compression aren’t an issue.
The mobile choice is trickier. I’ve been experimenting with Chrome, since it was installed on my phone by default.
Pros: It’s very fast and the data compression is very good (if the figures it gives are to be believed). The built in translation is very useful too.
Cons: No adblock and the UI is a bit annoying to use one-handed. Doesn’t seem to be a way to turn off the news feed.
90% of mobile browsers seem to be very shady, so there aren’t that many other options. Firefox, Brave, Lightning.
I haven’t tried those yet, but the pros would be ad-block, and the cons would be lack of compression.
It might come down to how well the Firefox Quantum update goes down (Nov 15th I think, though mobile might be later). When I’ve tried it in the past I’ve never quite gotten on with Firefox mobile.
Sync is a weird issue for me. I feel like it should be very important - both useful and also a security/privacy concern. It’s why I used Opera on both desktop and mobile.
But I ended up getting signed out of sync after a few weeks, and then never got around to signing back in, because I didn’t really need it. The sites I read on my mobile are limited in number, and often different to the ones I read on my PC.
I’m thinking Vivaldi + Chrome/Brave… so I’ve no idea if it’s possible to sync that… but I may just end up using something like Pocket.