I am actually testing a lot right now; trying to wrap my head around Vivaldi’s design choices both on the PC and on my phone and I must say what really strikes me on both is how old fashioned it is in it’s design language.
Desktop Vivaldi truly looks and feels like a remastered version of old pre-chromium Opera. Which makes sense but it bugs me that they have 1000 features but none of the features I, personally, use.
More to the point in this thread: The phone version have actual tabs? In 2020? How long ago was it any other browser on a mobile platform had actual clickable tabs? That in itself makes it feel really dated. It doesn’t help that it is very clunky to change tabs the other way either. Clicking on the “Open tabs” button opens them in a stiff grid where you can’t drag them around or flip thru them which again feels very 2015, or even older.
It feels to me like Vivaldi was very innovative when it came, but they kept focusing on the things that made it innovative and didn’t update the rest, which now makes the over all experience dated; the over all UI, despite all the small brilliant things they have, feels like a pre-2015 browser. On both platforms.