So, last Monday I changed my Chrome to the new Opera. It was an experiment to feel how is it “really” different from Chrome. I should mention before writing this post two important things about my background:
- I was an Opera user since 2003 to 2010 and then moved to Chrome because of the many rendering problems. I used it just because of built in mail client.
- I’m a Linux user, therefore can’t able to compare Opera with Safari or Edge.
Let me please summarize all the results together.
- Built-in VPN is totally free, you can choose several regions: US, Canada, Germany, Singapore, Netherlands
- Battery Saver function works well (+01:13H browsing time on my X1 Yoga 2016)
- Tabs preview while switching is definitely useful feature
- Personal news feature helps save my time while reading a lot of newsletters
- Extensions marketplace is poor yet. For example, there is no Grammarly
- Built-in clients for Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram are just a web versions, not native. Look and work strange sometimes, for example, Messenger extension have a horizontal scrollbar.
Similar to Chrome things:
- CPU and memory usage. I tried to run some tests on the same tabs opened and received the same results.
I’ll update this article after one month of everyday Opera using. Keep in touch!