Short Opera review

Some time ago I decided to give Opera a try. Here is what I learned.

Good things about Opera:

  1. It has a good RSS reader, better than the one in Firefox for example.
  2. Speed Dial: configure it for a bigger screen and you suddenly forget about bookmarks. Definitely better then Firefox’s ‘Bookmark Toolbar’.
  3. Quite fast rendering.

Bad things about Opera:

  1. ‘Good’ doesn’t mean ‘perfect’. Opera RSS reader lacks some customizability and restricts the user to have only one feed open at a time.
  2. Widgets. They totally suck.
  3. Stability. I know it’s beta, but still…
  4. External plugins just doesn’t work right. 30% time they hang the whole browser.
  5. Turbo mode: for some reason it confuses JavaScript-driven pages like Gmail.

I tested on following version/platform:

Version information
10.00 Beta
i686, 2.6.30-ARCH
Qt library
Java Runtime Environment installed

Browser identification

Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686; U; en) Presto/2.2.15 Version/10.00


~ by Tener on 18/09/2009.

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