#1 start.me

start.me
example of a default start.me page

My favorite new tab alternative is start.me. I use it all the time. It’s fast, efficient, easy to personalize, and generally beautifully designed. It excels at managing bookmarks, but there are tons of other features. Discover alternative sites. Monitor RSS feeds, the weather, or your favorite social media channels. Because it’s a cloud solution, you can access the same page on all your browsers and devices.

The team responsible for this bookmark manager has launched its first version back in 2014, so you might call it a veteran player. You can tell this product has some history, as it runs smoothly and without delay. No glitches anywhere. Last year they launched a complete redesign so it doesn’t feel dated at all. They keep on improving their product too, which is great.

The only downside to this excellent tab manager is the fact that they decided to retire their lifetime PRO membership offer. At a ridiculously low price of 60 USD, you could use this product forever. I’m so glad to have caught that offer in time! The price is still reasonable, though, and they have kept true to their promise to keep it free too. 

Performance
start.me’s advanced caching strategies make it load almost instantly.

Features

  • Bookmark management
  • RSS feeds
  • Notes & To-do lists
  • Email & Calendar
  • 5,000+ other widgets
  • Extended Page sharing & collaboration features
  • Export your data at any time

Compatibility

  • Supports all major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer, and Edge)
  • Useful on Desktop & Mobile devices.

Price
Free to use. Premium subscription offered at $20/year.

#2 Momentum

 

Momentum provides daily inspiration on your new tab page. It does a wonderful job with stunning images, quotes, a main focus option for the day. There are also many integrations possible that link to several to do apps like Todoist and Google Tasks. You can add custom inks and see the time.

If you’re looking for inspiration, this is it!

Performance:
Works fully offline and loads quickly.

UX:
The background images are truly inspirational and make this a wonderful app. Momentum provides a limited feature set and this makes the extension great if you are after a minimalistic new tab page.

Features:

  • To do list
  • Weather
  • Set a daily goal/focus/intention
  • New inspirational photo and quote each day
  • Subtle custom links and search
  • Return to default Chrome Tab from Links
  • Customize the dashboard by showing/hiding widgets
  • Feel good and get things done!

Export:
Not possible to export your data

Available for:
Chrome only

Pricing:
Free to use.

Try Momentum now!