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Opera

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The premise of Opera has always been the same--develop the fastest, smallest, and most full-featured browser available--and the latest version maintains the tradition. Opera has all the basics covered, including tabbed browsing with an added functionality that lets you hover over a tab to preview a page; a search bar with Google and several other popular portals; advanced bookmarking tools, including one that lets you easily import from any popular browser; and simple integration with your favorite e-mail and chat clients. Mouse-gesture support, keyboard shortcuts, and drag-and-drop functionality further enhance your surfing experience.

With solid basics, Opera's extra features push it to the top of the class. Integrated theme support lets you preview and download themes from within the interface so you know what you're getting before you download. Widgets (akin to Mac OS X dashboard applications) are small, useful programs that appear in a window from any app while Opera is running. The Wand utility helps you autofill online forms and lets you securely save passwords for multiple sites. We really like the addition of BitTorrent support, letting you drop a Torrent link into the address bar and begin a file transfer immediately without the need for an extra app. New in version 9.1, added fraud protection provides another layer of security by identifying fake sites in realtime--a welcome addition for safer browsing. Overall, we think Opera might have what it takes to unseat even the biggest-name browsers if users give it the opportunity. Opera is a must-download for those looking for a full-featured browser with added extras.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 3,812 votes

    • 5 star: 2499
    • 4 star: 563
    • 3 star: 316
    • 2 star: 165
    • 1 star: 269
  • Current version:

    4.6 stars

    out of 96 votes

    • 5 star: 69
    • 4 star: 17
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "IT'S BETTER THAN FIRE FOX + 20+ ADDONS"

    April 8, 2007  |   By narendrafd

    Version: Opera 9.1

    Pros

    Maybe the graphical interface isn't skinnable and beautiful like firefox.

    But it's inspired by many new options.

    It has an inbuilt download manager a bit torrent manager and many more.

    you can easily swift show images and no images mode which was very useful for me. Which becomes a trouble with add ons in firefox.

    Cons

    Hey this is 7 star product for free. what more are you expecting.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fastest but not the best, yet!!!"

    April 6, 2007  |   By haider_unik

    Version: Opera 9.1

    Pros

    Lots of add-ons and feature promote usability, but it still compromises on security. The people who use "REAL-TIME" programs will be seeing lots of...

    Cons

    Security is still a bit compromised, but much more improved than before

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's still the best by far!"

    April 4, 2007  |   By drfish

    Version: Opera 9.1

    Pros

    It's very secure and has some great features for both novice and advanced users alike.

    Of particular note is the integrated e-mail, the magnification facility, voice reading of webpage facility.

    I've been using Opera for nearly 2 years and with each new version it keeps getting better and better. Badly coded webpages not opening properly in Opera is becoming much less of a problem than it was say 2 years ago, that said it's not Opera fault anyway! Much more secure than IE, better looking and better more advanced user features than Firefox. Long live the King, long live Opera!

    Cons

    None

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Needs to improve"

    April 2, 2007  |   By smlo

    Version: Opera 9.1

    Pros

    I had big hopes with this browser.It has a robust phishing protection,clean interface,tabbed browsing i like it but still

    needs more improvement nd the webpage looks very good in its interface nd u can load the webpage to the full screen.

    Cons

    The only thing i did not like though i have a big ram(351mb)nd 800mhz speed it slowed down my PC nd most add-ons also the popular ones r not compatible with it nd it takes more time to load a website nd the browser runs the most slowest while running java at last i had to uninstall the browser

    to remove the slowness in my PC.

    So,i recommend firefox which is more faster ,reliable nd compatible than opera.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Better than IE. Anything is."

    April 1, 2007  |   By TJR67

    Version: Opera 9.1

    Pros

    Very good pop-up blocker. Test your browser in irpinball.ztnet.com. Do some actions, and see what happens.

    Cons

    Loading pictures and flash is sooo slow. Firefox 1.5.0.11 with Firetune beats this 6-0.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "restarted my pc"

    March 28, 2007  |   By DDelia

    Version: Opera 9.1

    Pros

    This is a good browser ....I liked all the features although I didnt use them all so I will give 4 stars...

    Cons

    but it did restart my pc when I clicked on a link to download a wallpaper...dah!I really hope they will fix this issue...its really annoing...all my work is gone with one click!This happend 15 times in a month...wow!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great, unique features. Blazing fast speed and very customizable."

    March 24, 2007  |   By Kindrik

    Version: Opera 9.1

    Pros

    It has RSS and e-mail built right in which I use very frequently. Being able to customize it to such a degree is incredible. Shape it perfectly for yourself. Opens and loads faster than both FF and IE. Mouse and keyboard shortcuts/gestures are great and very convienient and it will be hard for you to go back.

    Cons

    Widgets seem useless, but that's about all.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good all-round browser"

    March 20, 2007  |   By Sitaram

    Version: Opera 9.1

    Pros

    1. Size is small

    2. Works with all the websites

    3. The basic look of the website is uplifted in this browser. The marking buttons on the website look different when using opera.

    4. Mouse gestures are awesome and very comfortable.

    5. Widgets are fun to use and useful.

    6. Preview of the tabs are available.

    Cons

    1. Plugins are not as easily available as it is for Firefox but the software is already bundled with a lot of features that we seldom need an extra plugin.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good browser"

    March 19, 2007  |   By milm1025

    Version: Opera 9.1

    Pros

    I liked the quickness and very functional.Plan on keeping it.better than IE 7 since I found IE 7 to be slow to load on web pages even with DSL service.

    Cons

    didnt like the email since with more than one identity in email accounts the mail was recieved all in one mailbox.I returned back to use outlook express. I also experienced my fonts and colors disappearing in AOL mail and message boards on AOL when replying to a post and also my Earthlink web mail the fonts/colors disappeared.Why? I dont know why it did that..need help to figure that out.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Super Fast Page Loading!"

    March 17, 2007  |   By activ64

    Version: Opera 9.1

    Pros

    Tired of Internet Explorer 7 like I was; then you have to try OPERA. This browser loads pages faster than any I have ever used! I have not yet hit a web page that has not loaded and loaded fast.Good bye IE7...your security settings suck!

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