We have always known Opera to be this underused web browser. Plus, it is not like it was launched a few years ago. It was first released in 1995 and slowly and steadily, the developers made different versions for all platforms. Today, the Opera browser is available for almost all platforms, be it Macintosh, Windows, Android, iOS, Linux, Ubuntu, etc. But there is one thing that should be brought under limelight — why has it never been used to a great extent? Although it offers a ton of features, why have users chosen to use other web browsers like Google Chrome? Let us dive in deep to make an analysis.
Performace: Where it stand?
Since Google Chrome is the fastest browser as of now, I would like to make my comparisons with it.
Speaking of performance, Opera does not lag behind. If we look at the performance charts, Opera is not much slower than Google Chrome and considering that it isn’t a video game, a few lower benchmarks won’t cost an average user. You can browse with lightning speed, the network connection is fast, and the browser doesn’t hang when loading heavy pages.
Opera Mini, however, is too slow. Now, one would say that this has something to do with the browser being ‘mini’. Although that is true, the developers should at least try to make the application run smoothly in most scenarios.
RAM Usage: Is it like Google Chrome?
There is this one thing that puts Opera at a real disadvantage, its RAM usage. Opera is a heavy application that is usually not suited for low-end devices. Old Intel processors, 3G mobile phones, and basically every device with an old chipset might face issues trying to run this hell of an application. But for newer devices, it won’t be a problem because these come with high amounts of RAM these days.
One would also say Google Chrome uses a lot of RAM too, but then most users would opt for Google Chrome and not Opera. In order to make an underused browser rise above its competitors, the developers should try to make this application a little lighter in its RAM usage.
Cool features of Opera Mini Browser:
Notably, the best thing about this browser is the number of features it gives us. From a full-blown free VPN service to a built-in interface for messaging applications, Opera stands out in this field. Also, one would download this browser because of the fancy features that the developers showcase when you visit their website. You can sync your data between Opera browsers on different devices and you can send encrypted messages too. How cool is that?
The VPN Service:
Now, because the VPN service is free, it does not give you a hell lot of options. Basically, you can choose from the US, Europe, and Asia. After all, you cannot expect too much from a free VPN. Other than that, the VPN works just fine but fails to work on some websites. This is due to the lackadaisical protocols that have been set up for the VPN. So that is a con, to say the least.
Ease Of Use:
One of the best things about the Opera Browser is that it is really easy to use. No matter how many features they have tried to put in together, the user interface is surprisingly simple and even a person who does not have much knowledge of web browsers can use it with no difficulties whatsoever.
This is where this browser does not shine. It really is not much effective in protecting you against redirects, malicious websites, and malware attacks. What it would do is that it would give you a warning before entering the suspicious website. And one should also know that Opera DOES collect its user’s data.
Should You Go For It?
A final look at the browser’s Pros and Cons –
- Good performance
- Available for many platforms
- Free VPN
- Ton of features
- Easy to use
- High RAM Usage
- Poor security
- Privacy issues
- Poor performance on low-end devices
One would want to have to look at all of this before installing Opera. A casual user would choose another browser but a person who has been using this for ages would stick to it.