Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 21:07 UTC, submitted by Liquidator
Opera Software Opera have announced the general availability of Opera 10 beta. Opera 10 includes an improved rendering engine Presto v2.2. The beta adds a new default skin and a couple of new features, notably "Turbo", a proxy compressor for dial-up users, and tab previews. The result? Complete fail. Read More for why and a quick screenshot tour. addendum: As an apology to the community for the reckless and inadequate review I will be doing it again, properly, taking into consideration your fine comments.
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Opera 10 is a Work of Art
by Hoch on Thu 4th Jun 2009 21:35 UTC
Hoch
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2009-06-04

I never comment on articles. But this is so unfair that I had to register and post.

I've been following OsNews for years, almost every day and never ever read in your web such a simplistic and superficial review, not only in OSNews but in any other serious tech web. This is not a objective and technical review. It seems one of those biased user reviews you find on forums.

How can you judge a product by it's interface skin? It is like saying a Ferrari is crap because it is red or you don't like its design.

If this review was done right you would find that Opera 10 *is* the Ferrari of browsers.

First some background about me. I'm not native English so excuse my spelling.
I have been programming for more than 20 years. Wrote my first big web app 14 years ago in 1995. Still building web apps. I Usually browse 6-7 hours a day. During those years I have tried every kind of browser you can imagine and finally keep the best one: Opera.

The first version I used daily was v5 with banners! :-) It was faster, had a very good email client and tabs.

Of course I have Safari 3, Firefox Beta 4 and Chrome 2 installed and I use them from time to time to check compatibility of web pages. But for day to day use nobody beats Opera.

Let me tell you why..,

EFFICIENCY

Opera 10 is *fast*. It has the best rendering speed of html and CSS. Why? Efficiency.

Their presto engine is by far the most efficient out there. It renders html and css in less time and with less cpu usage than Firefox beta 4, IE 8 or Chrome 2.

This is great news for netbook and atom users. Less CPU usage means less fan noise, less heat, less energy waste and better battery life.

To test the efficiency of the Opera Presto engine try running it with 20 tabs open (this is what I usually have) open on a netbook with an Atom processor in power saving mode... (My eee pc 901 is set to 600Mhz in power saving mode. Battery lasts 7 to 8 hours in this mode, really!).

Well... at 600Mhz Opera rocks at html, css rendering!

Firefox beta 4 or chrome 2 hog a low end or underclocked cpu when rendering one complex page. It is easy to prove. Just check process explorer on Windows and watch those browsers eat all your cpu cycles to load and render just one page.

Add to this how easy is to disable flash which is such a resource hog. Flash eats a lot of cpu and therefore battery life, increases heat and fan noise. Just press f12 and 'disable plug ins' on the pop up menu. Easy and fast. One of my favorite features. Bye, bye fan noise. You can't do this on Chrome 2 and is not as convenient in Firefox beta 4 or Safari.

JAVASCRIPT

Ok, Firefox beta 4 and Chrome 2 are faster at Javascript apps. But Opera has decent speed for a normal use. Opera is working on Carakan, a new js engine that will compile js code on the fly an will compete with Chrome v8, Firefox TraceMonkey or Safari SquirrelFish

ROBUST

Opera rarely crashes so no need of one process per domain which is very expensive in resources. What we need is a robust browsers in a process and not dozens of processes hogging our computer. And with the new crash report tool the Opera team can smash bugs faster. That means a even more robust browser.

CUSTOMIZATION

Opera is *very* customizable. You can show or hide panes change its position or make them float. You can also hide and show buttons.

And if you don't like the default skins, there are dozens of skins available just a few clicks away by choosing Tools->Appearance->Find more skins. Or check them at http://my.opera.com/community/customize/skins. Some of the skins are awesome.

OPERA SOFTWARE ARE INNOVATORS

Those guys are the Apple or Google of browsers. They invented new ways of use a browser and they deserve a deep respect for this.

Opera was the first browser to have:

- Tabs,
- Jestures,
- Speech recognition,
- Integrated RSS client/reader,
- Widgets (small apps that you run inside Opera. calendars, clocks, games, todo lists, etc. - Browse http://widgets.opera.com/)
- Speed dial (Chrome took note)
- Trash icon with deleted tabs and undo tag close by pressing control z. So useful!
- Turbo for slow connections (great for 3g or gprs mobile internet),
- Synchronization of bookmarks between several Opera browsers (via Opera own servers).
- Skins that you install and uninstall with a few clicks,
- Integrated BitTorrent download,
- Page flow (adjust page to the width of your browser window)
- Easy enable, disable of animated images, plugins (including flash), java, cookies, etc. just by pressing f12
- Tab previews
- Save sessions (groups of tabs)
- *Excellent* integrated email client. It is disabled by default. If you do no use it, you will never know that it is there.
- For developers, select 'tools->developer tools' and you will find a state of the art dom and javascript debugger!! (dragonfly)

*All this* and more in less disk space than other browsers with less features and in a small 6MB installer. Amazing...

Opera is a Work of Art. As I said before, Opera developers deserve lots of respect.

Please, OsNews team, You should delete or rewrite this review in a deep and objective way asap. And you will discover that Opera 10 is probably the best browser available.

This review is hurting Opera Software and... OsNews reputation as a great tech web site.

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