An Overview of the Speedy Opera Internet Browser

By Jim Roberts | Features

One of the latest versions of Opera browser, 10.53, is offering a faster browsing experience to web surfers. This is due to the Turbo feature alongside with many innovative additions to the functionalities.

With the current trend of exploring other browsers apart from Internet Explorer, users of Windows can now actually have many options available in relation to other browsers already existing out there.

Opera browser has already existed for quite some time and is never left behind by its counterparts in terms of speed and power. It even has features that cannot be found in other browsers.

With the proliferation of internet access for mobile phones, Opera browser was made available in two variations. One is for the traditional PC and the other is for mobile devices. Opera for mobile devices is still subdivided into two: Opera Mini and Mobile. However, we will focus our product review more on the version that is intended for PC only.


Let us begin by comparing Opera browser to the traditional Internet Explorer. Opera contains pages that are strictly compliant to the current industry features. IE pages often make the user feel that something is missing. The current version of Opera contains page parts that are fully functional and will not make the user feel any difference in comparison to using other browsers out there.

When Acid3 test was made on the latest versions of browsers available on the industry today, the scores are astounding. Firefox got 94% while Googgle Chrome, Opera, and Safari all got 100%. On the other hand, the IE of Microsoft remained trailing behind by scoring only 20%.

Speed test using Sun Spider also revealed very clear results. Opera is the fastest at 410 milliseconds followed by Safari at 487 milliseconds. Firefox is at the bottom with 1005 milliseconds.

Interface and Layout Aspects

The latest version of Opera comes with a really neat and smooth looking interface. Tabs are arranged at the top of the page as a default setting. These tabs are seen differently in translucent forms on Windows 7. Current developments in page design and layouting makes it possible for tabs to be put on one side. This provides more space for content.

Icons which are hidden from sight can be accessed by clicking a button at the lower part of the browser page. This part is where features such as logs, bookmarking and downloading can be found. Customization is available here too. There is an “add feature” button which allows you to create extra icons for additional functionalities you want.

Opera’s Turbo Mode feature allows a user to enjoy his browsing experience even though the internet connection speed is slow. This is made possible by compressing the value of the webpages even before they are displayed on the screen.

General Notes

In terms of speed, security, and compliance with browser standards, nothing can beat Opera. Many users may still find its power too great to be controlled due to the vast number of features that are included in it. However, in the present technological age, Opera is still a browser type that is should be watched by users. Its functionality and speed may just be the solution that every web surfer is dreaming of.

About the Author

Holding a dual degree in both Management and IT with 13 years of business experience, I am Jim F. Roberts from California, USA. Needless to say, I am a techy guy and I love exploring, checking out the latest gadgets and sharing my thoughts on a lot of things.

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Melvin May 22, 2010

Pretty slick! If only Opera does have all the plugins that I use with firefox then I would switch to them easily. I mean Im using them before I got into online business but then have to switch to mozilla because its popular and has all the tools.

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