Why Opera? : Comments
January 7, 2008
Opera is certainly fast at rendering and has some great under the hood features but it’s the UI that holds it back. At least on the Mac.
One really annoying thing is the placement of the toolbars, I’ve never understood the logic of putting the tab bar above the address bar, it’s different from every other mac browser and there’s no obvious way to change the order.
Add to that the fact that the default toolbar/button look and feel is so dated. The toolbars just don’t seem to sit well together, it’s something to do with the borders/edges of each one…
It doesn’t need to be ‘mac native’ to do that, as a web developer who often has several browsers open I prefer them to look distinctive.
I’ve tried to use Opera in the past, I just tried again, tried to download a different ‘toolbar setup’ which didn’t work… either in 9.25 or in the 9.5 beta. Customization is all well and dandy, but the default should look good and work well out of the box.
Opera need to polish up their browser UI to be as slick as their web site!