I'm working to get some of my life out of the Google Trap. I'm starting with email. It seems like there are the most choices.
There's protonmail.com. I have a subscription already and I like the privacy-first approach, but am not happy with the small storage size. It's a 5 gig limit, and I'm paying like $120/yr. You can only get that up to about 50 gigs. The only solution to this cap is to download photos and upload them elsewhere, which is maybe tedious, but also maybe will help me be more thoughtful. I am excited by their forthcoming protondrive.
Right now, I'm experimenting with hey.com email. I like that larger storage size and some of their workflow features. Some of it is new enough that I'm not sure what I think.
Has anyone used either of these or another smaller, privacy-first email provider that they like and recommend?