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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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    out of 3,812 votes

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

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    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Forget it!"

    October 22, 2013  |   By philoden

    Version: Opera 17.0.1241.45

    Pros

    I can't think of any!

    Cons

    Almost impossible to figure out.I still cannot find out where the bookmarks are.It is not user friendly and seems to have been designed to frustrate!

    Summary

    Move along to something else!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "From best to worst ?"

    October 20, 2013  |   By oninohugo

    Version: Opera 17.0.1241.45

    Pros

    Doesn't remove Opera 12 when installing. Doesn't crash my computer when uninstalling.

    Cons

    Used to do a hell of a lot of things and was pretty customizable, now just a Chrome clone with as much features as a blob.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "haven't used it, run Firefox.Opera 1/2s download speed"

    October 19, 2013  |   By syfyer1

    Version: Opera 17.0.1241.45

    Pros

    ??????????????????????

    Cons

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    Summary

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Better than Chrome"

    October 17, 2013  |   By Sherif Ayad

    Version: Opera 17.0.1241.45

    Pros

    It works very well

    Cons

    You cannot resize omnibox extensions bar

    Summary

    Very good chrome browser

    I hope that they fix resizing the extensions bar because opera works with opera and chrome extensions

    Updated on Oct 19, 2013

    Opera cannot resize omnibox extensions toolbar therefore you cannot use them inside opera you can only edit options in the extensions section

    I hope they fix this big error because in this way there is no opera or chrome

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  • 1.0 stars

    "After Flock tried this approach Opera tries it ."

    October 15, 2013  |   By PatrynXX

    Version: Opera 17.0.1241.45

    Pros

    Well it's Chrome. Looks a bit better than Chrome...

    Cons

    It's not Opera. It's Chrome. Flock tried this and failed. It's a dead browser. It switched from Mozilla to Chromium and failed miserably. Opera hasn't figured that out yet. Gonna end up in the same junk heap :( Hopefully Opera 12, 13 and 14 will continue to be updated (ie Opera 13 and 14 should be on the old platform that actually ran most websites. Chrome has problems on most websites.

    Summary

    Remember Flock? No? Soon it'll be remember Opera? Oh sure we used to sing .. no not that Opera. Somewhere in the background Microsoft is doing a happy dance. I'd pay to keep the old one updated it was that good.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "memory hog"

    October 13, 2013  |   By OneMadAsHell

    Version: Opera 17.0.1241.45

    Pros

    it is a browser.

    Cons

    one window eats up more memory than any browser. same problem chrome had when it first came out.

    Summary

    junk

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Junk isn't (10) characters but bestdiscription!"

    October 8, 2013  |   By desertdan1

    Version: Opera 17.0.1241.45

    Pros

    They again want (10)characters of pros when there is NONE!

    Cons

    No font settings / No zoom / no bookmark tabs/ no nothing!On uninstall froze computer, leaves a bunch of files behind when it does.

    Summary

    The old Netscape browser was better than this pathetic attempt to clone Google Chrome! Do I sound hypercritical? Damn right I ran this browser for over 8 years !

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