Is Opera About To be Trumped?

I have tried to use Opera for years. Each time I’ve been stopped cold when Web sites (such as ones used for banking) have caused me grief as apparently they were not delivering code to W3C specs. So while Opera did NOTHING wrong here and has managed to evolve into a very full-featured Web browser, people such as myself are unable to use it due to select Web site incompatibilities. To point out that it is frustrating would be a huge understatement.

Fast forward to now and we have Google’s Chrome to compete with Opera in the speed department. The results thus far? According to Lifehacker, Chrome is notably faster in pure speed tests. Thankfully, Opera is not totally out of the running. It seems that Opera is faster in cold and warm browser start-ups. Speaking for myself, this is a bigger issue than minor speed advantages in load times.

But then Chrome once again takes the lead when you are sitting there with eight tabs open and loading. And then Opera destroys Chrome with the JavaScript test. This could be a good thing for Opera, even as Chrome continues its development. And once again, Opera does well (not as good as Firefox) with memory usage with eight tabs open. Interesting…

What the above piece from Lifehacker has taught me is none of the available browsers really offer it all. Yet even considering that fact, I find that Firefox and Opera provide me with the best overall value in contrast to Chrome as it only offers me speed — not memory management, which matters the most to me personally.

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  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/theoracle/ the oracle

    It all depends on where you go on the internet. I use Opera, and have since revision 8.53. I use it with Bank of America and Citibank websites without problems. Other places are a problem, I know. (Opera doesn’t play well with Hotmail, or any of the times I need to log in to a Microsoft website. It irks me, and I don’t hesitate to leave a message to thaat effect.)

    I have been using Iron, and find as many or more incompatibilities with it (MSN sites, Hotmail, certain government sites, and Performance PC.com) , and I seem to not use the sites which overly emphasize the Java rendering speed of Iron (Chrome).

    My question has always been, and continues to be, “Why don’t people use what is standards complaint, and force the idiots who code for Internet Exploder 6 to change?’

    But I suppose that is too logicval for most.

  • TheDuke1724

    I myself, have used internet explorer to opera, but with the four browsers I have, I would say Safari comes first, then Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and so on, but when I use Opera, I have little to no problems at all…. don’t know, unless it may have a glitch with itself or your system….

  • HarryMirken

    Sorry IE6 is still the best browser hands down. I use it at work and home for all sites. Its faster, starting and browsing. What no tabs? Tabs are worthless. Open a new browser for hells sakes.. If bad code crashes the window, it only crashes the active window not the entire browsing session with all your presious tabs. I would go to IE7 or 8 but the lack of customization on the toolbar kills the deal every time.

    Long live IE6!