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Opera

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Opera's move to Webkit and later embracing the Chromium engine signals a new, much more competitive push by the Scandinavian browser-maker to keep up with speedier demands, yet still maintaining some of the classic signature features of previous versions.

When you open the browser, you'll find a new Discover tab sitting on the welcome page. Opera will curate various news articles around the world. The left drop-down will list various topics and categories tailored around your interests. The right drop-down menu lets you discover content from around the world in various languages. The Discover feature may sound a bit like fancy branding at first for a news aggregator, but it's well executed and appropriate to Opera's mission of being more than just a Web browser.

Off-Road mode also makes its way into the desktop browser, which strips extraneous content from Web pages to give you just the bare-bone parts of a site, while reducing data and memory consumption.

Speed Dial and Stash are both very fluid, well-executed takes on bookmarking. Using Speed Dial is similar to organizing apps on a touchscreen, so it's no coincidence that Opera has designed this browser to be touch friendly with large containers. You can reorder and reorganize your saved pages or drag them into another to create a folder.

Stash is another take on saving pages and reading them later, but functions more like Pocket in that it's meant for pages to be read later. Again, these are features that can be achieved via extensions and Web apps, but having them conveniently built into the browser and working natively brings its own advantages. And this makes sense: earlier in the year, Opera released its mobile version to complement the desktop browser and maintain a consistent user experience much more seamlessly across devices than it has ever really done before.

Opera has maintained a consistent but small fraction of the browser market, with a noteworthy hold on the mobile market with Opera Mini on lower-end devices. Version 15 reflects a refocused initiative on performance, design, and surprisingly, content curation. It's still a long uphill battle when facing heavyweight titans like IE, Firefox, and Chrome, but if users are looking to embrace an alternative take without sacrificing performance, then we highly recommend taking Opera out for a spin.

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  • 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:

    2.6 stars

    out of 7 votes

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    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not worth it"

    September 25, 2013  |   By aliske1

    Version: Opera 16.0.1196.73

    Pros

    Not much.
    "New Tab" automatically opens as a "background tab" from the older version by default.

    Cons

    *Can't add your own background picture to the speed dial
    Can't change the speed dial's size
    *No more bookmarks? It adds EVERYTHING to your speed dial when you import it.
    *The "stash" is about as useless as can be, as is "Discover"
    *Can't hide the menu bar on the Speed Dial / Stash / Discover pages
    *Took away the search bar. Yes, it's now integrated into the address bar, but you can't change the search engines on-the-fly
    *UI Form element highlighting in pages is a complete Chrome knockoff
    *The HTML form element for files was changed to the Chrome version too.

    Summary

    If you are upgrading from an earlier version of Opera, don't unless you ABSOLUTELY have to, and I mean if someone is holding a gun to your head to do it. You will go into culture shock and be lost. It's not worth the hard drive space or not being able to find your bookmarks or other UI tweaks I'm used to.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I'm disappointed in the latest version."

    September 24, 2013  |   By Mediwichki

    Version: Opera 16.0.1196.73

    Pros

    The biggest pro is that it's NOT Internet Explarer.

    Cons

    Even tho' pop-ups were set to block,too many got through. Bookmarks were not quickly accessible.

    Summary

    I tried the new one for about 2 week before restoring an older version... I'm back to loving Opera.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great alternative to Chrome, that actually works."

    September 23, 2013  |   By ConnectGO_

    Version: Opera 16.0.1196.73

    Pros

    Not sure what Chrome is doing to make things so slow, but it has become unusable. Yes I frequently have 10+ browser tabs open, but I have 8GBs of ram, I should be able to have about 100 open with no slowdowns in performance. Firefox is faster than Chrome, and Opera is even faster. I find it is best to spread out my tabs between multiple browsers, doesn't make sense, but it helps

    Cons

    none so far, could use it as primary browser I suppose, but I'm fine with sharing between opera and firefox

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The worst Opera team decision"

    September 23, 2013  |   By Slider123

    Version: Opera 16.0.1196.73

    Pros

    none compared to Chrome (because it used shrinked Chrome engine)

    Cons

    Compared to chrome opera developers deleted most usefull chrome functions:
    -can't synchronize
    -can't manage tabs
    -can't manage search engines
    -can't autofill
    -can't set default size of text
    ....

    Summary

    Do not install this useless Chropera, all functions from Opera 12.16 you can get in Chrome just by extensions

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Opera 16 will NOT load or install in my Windows 7 OS"

    September 8, 2013  |   By keimanzero

    Version: Opera 16.0.1196.73

    Pros

    NONE!!! OPERA HATES ME!!

    Cons

    It stinks! The damned thing refuses to DL and install for me no matter how many times I have tried! Everyone at Opera must HATE me! I know that they ALL would rather I simply give up and DIE! So does everyone at CNET! keiman0@yahoo.com

    Summary

    NOTHING EVER WORKS RIGHT FOR ME! WHY CAN'T I JUST DIE? Farewell!

    keiman0@yahoo.com

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Worthless Chrome Clone."

    September 7, 2013  |   By desertdan1

    Version: Opera 16.0.1196.73

    Pros

    No Amateur!

    Cons

    May be a good phone app, or touch screen laptop, Not for home / office desktops.

    Summary

    ll the great Opera innovations are gone no lower left slide for zoom, does it really have turbo ? Prove it !. No bookmark tabs. Sad indeed after over 10 years of use it is now of my PC and it looks like it will stay that way!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not too bad"

    September 6, 2013  |   By kingbed42

    Version: Opera 16.0.1196.73

    Pros

    It is really fast a lot faster than Firefox or Chrome

    Cons

    None that I know of

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