I don’t like Opera as a browser. I pointed this out, very briefly, in Web browsers suck. I was recently asked in another venue why I don’t like Opera, though, and felt like it would be a waste if I let the list of critiques I provided vanish into the anonymous pile of discussion there. I’ll share them here, for the sake of posterity:
Default keyboard shortcut support isn’t as complete or “friendly” as that of Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer.
Tab placement isn’t contextually linked to displayed content very well.
Toolbar layout isn’t very customizable.
For the same display elements with default skins, Opera toolbars take up more space.
The text-search interface uses the same ugly-ass, inconvenient format as in most MS Windows applications.
It seems to focus more on ACID compliance than on implementation of (X)HTML and CSS standards that people actually use.
I may come up with more complaints about Opera later. If so, I’ll add them to the list.
There are some positives to Opera, of course. I just don’t find them to be good enough to overcome the negatives. The examples that occur to me are:
It seems to be fairly quick — maybe a little quicker than Firefox, about on par with Google Chrome. I imagine I’ll see some speed improvement from Chrome in the near future, though, especially once extension support gets added (it’s already in a development version) so I can install extensions that block unwanted content.
It has reasonably configurable security-related preferences, maybe on par with those of Firefox. That would make it more configurable in this respect than Google Chrome, which appears to be the slow kid on the block when it comes to individual security and privacy preferences at the moment. Chrome’s Incognito mode is great, but I’d like the configurability to be able to hit a sweet spot between the normal mode and Incognito mode for most of my browsing.
I don’t know if I’ll come up with any more positives worth mentioning.