I’d like to note that I recently switched back to Handy News Reader (android) and I’m amazed at how many features it has. I was using a basic but adequate one before.
On desktop, I haven’t found anything exciting yet. Mostly use whatever’s built in / available as a plugin for e-mail clients. When I’m not looking for something to reshare in the fediverse, I’m just killing time skimming some feeds on a handset. AndStatus just happens to be the best client so far for GNU Social. But, that’s another topic.
Other services that would be really great would be HTTPS or SOCKS5 proxies in addition to the VPN. i.e. maybe I want to use a dedicated proxy IP for financial related things or streaming certain content but everything else can go through the VPN.
A proxy would still encrypt traffic and hide where I’m going from everyone else on the (cafe) network. My IP would always be the same so I wouldn’t have to go through a process every time I want to check in on my bank or utility. As these sites/businesses already have my data, I’m not concerned about veiling my IP address or anything else.
Plus, proxies are more easily set up on single board computers (SBC) like the https://beagleboard.org/ and run something like https://libreelec.tv/