#1 Brave advertise with privacy and speed while all they do is adding adblock.
#2 Brave replaces adds with their own adds. This basically means you get the same experience but cut off the income of the content creator entirely.
#3 Brave allows you to reward 3rd party sites. This system is so nice they even got legal issues as it was assumed as fraud.
#4 BAT. Brave advertise with consumer first. The best choice for the consumer would be Paypal. If there is an incent to stay with crypto currency Bitcoin or Ethereum.
Given Brave created their own crypto currency and base every model around that they can profit from Transactions/services with the currency too on top of the share they take when you use their add platform/feature.
Given the criticism its very hard for me to understand users sympathizing with the browser.
#2 Brave Ads are opt-in. You can alternatively fund the sites you visit on the web by putting BAT into your wallet directly and having the browser automatically distribute funds based on which content you spend time on per month. The entire idea of Brave is that people were already using ad-blockers, so I'm not sure how this is worse for content creators.
#4 BAT is an ERC-20 token - it exists on the Ethereum blockchain. Not sure why you think BTC would be better than that. Honestly not sure why you think Paypal would be better than that. At this point, anyone can transact the currency easily and quickly without any intervention from Brave. I can convert BAT to DAI right now on a decentralized exchange in less than a minute and have a virtual currency pegged to USD even if I don't bank with USD. At the moment this process is somewhat technical, but it overall seems very pro-consumer to me.
The entire service is opt in making it also not guaranteed for the content creator to receive the reward.
This should lead even in the best case to a notably worse outcome.
ad 3: https://outline.com/fJm5C3
ad 4: i explained the issue in my other response.
Regarding criticism 2, you have to opt-in. Otherwise brave is just a browser with adblocking capabilities built-in.
I don't understand criticism 3, but then again I have just been using Brave without opting-in to the BAT portion so I'm out of the loop on that.
Regarding 4, why would Paypal be the best choice? Paypal has shown they will close your account and confiscate your money pretty much at their whim. Using a non-BTC/Ether crypto token at least means your Brave wallet isn't a big fat target for crypto thieves.
I think the success of patreon et al have shown that people in fact are perfectly willing to pay content creators, they just hate ads.
This was partly an big issues as even tech savvy streamers on YouTube had issues getting the currency. This makes the end user less likely to use this feature at all.
1. Send your BAT to Coinbase or similar (a couple clicks)
2. Sell BAT to Coinbase in major currencies
If you prefer an approach that requires no centralized middleman, you can:
1. Convert BAT to ETH on a Decentralized Exchange (DEX)
2. Sell ETH on something like LocalEthereum to get your local currency.
You could also:
1. Convert your BAT to DAI (stablecoin pegged to USD) on a DEX
2. Put up the DAI for loans on a decentralized lending platform like Compound, where you can currently earn 5.22% interest on your DAI loan.
Yes, admittedly this is a more intensive than existing solutions, and things require multiple steps and some setup to get working. But it's really not that difficult once you get started, and the friction is getting less and less every day. If and when the Ethereum team can actually release Eth2.0 with scaling and other such stuff, you will be paying actually negligible fees on such transactions.