These are all great choices, Chris. What makes them unique and forward-thinking in today’s world is that, unlike giants like Google, ad revenue isn’t a concern of theirs so they’re choosing to incorporate built-in ad blockers with the browsers they create, just as you see Brave doing. What’s more, they’re leveraging newer technologies—such as Min using Electron—and they’re providing a different perspective on what the traditional, bland web browsing experience could actually be like (glaring at you, Mozilla).
However, the real foundational shift we’re seeing right now (or perhaps some aren’t) isn’t just a quick, ad-free browsing experience… nope… it’s those companies improving productivity at the work place by creating browsers which offer subtle improvements that are big and impactful to bottom lines. The companies behind these browsers are helping employees save 10 to 15 minutes several times per day—or even saving people time at home.
Ghost Browser, for instance, offers containerized environments (like Docker, if you prefer more technical analogies) whereby users sign in to and manage several user accounts for the same service within the same browser window. To me, it signifies a foundational shift in user experience on the web and productivity in the workplace. Who loves creating incognito windows that forget your history and make passerby think you’re some shady shmuck.
Min has been in my running for top contender, and Blisk may come in as the runner-up since it provides invaluable tools to web designers and developers like myself. Ghost has to take the top prize, though. It is: Fast, Secure, Performant, and it offers something we haven’t seen before yet we all knew we needed it the instant we saw it.
By the way, of the dozens of browsers available these days, the others that come to mind which are actually doing things differently are:
(developed by the Russian web search corporation Yandex; uses the Blink layout engine)
(an electron-based modular browser made with NodeJS and installable on Linux and Mac)
Or folks could step outside their comfort zones entirely, ditch some of what the behemoths Mozilla, Google, Apple and Microsoft have provided the open source community, and just go with headless browsers, or browsers which lack a graphical user interface:
(a suite of tools to automate web browsers across many platforms; think: BrowserStack)
(a library of test helpers that make it easy to require your client-side code in node.js and test it like any other node module)