Reasons Why I Like Opera Web Browser better than Google Chrome
Saturday, April 9, 2011 8:51:16 PM
Opera is a very secure web browser. As such, when connecting to secure web pages it demands a response within a certain, very limited, time frame. At work, behind the firewall, and during the normal business day, the combination of our slow firewall and overloaded secure server means I simply CANNOT use Opera to access this system. In frustration, I turn to Chrome to get my work done. In the evenings, or any time I am not physically at work, the secure server responds to Opera. Sometimes it requires two or three "reloads" to get the page fully loaded, but it works.
I think Opera needs to provide in the Tools section a site-specific alternative to allow more time lag for a known, slow server. While I admit this is less safe, the only choice is to use a different browser which is on the whole much less safe. I don't have any choice to not use the service -- my employer mandates it.
In this scenario, I have built up a list of "reasons I prefer Opera over Chrome." Here they are:
(1) Chrome fails pretty quick to the mouse, then keyboard, then mouse, then keyboard ... form of data entry. I have a secure web page which I must use for my employer. And, I have two user ID's (for perfectly legitimate reasons) on this server, and Chrome does not store passwords for a web site in which two different user ID's are entered. Although we can see the safety implications here, Opera gives me the choice whereas Chrome does not.
(2) On many web pages one can "tab" to the next element or form entry field. On one system I frequently use, Opera at the main page requires 3 <TAB> keystrokes to get the first place. On that same page, one day I tried tabbing in Chrome. 23 <TAB> keystrokes later, I was not there yet.
(3) Opera's web browsing history seems to work much better for me. When I attempt to return to a URL that I have visited before or which is in my bookmarks file, the Opera URL auto-complete just works better than the Chrome auto-complete.
(4) In Opera, one can open a "new URL" box with a keystroke of <F2>. If there is such a keyboard shortcut in Chrome, I can't find it. Even if one has the time and patience enough to <TAB> until you get to the URL box in Chrome, when you do the cursor is placed before the leading character. In Opera the entire present entry is highlighted and all you need do is begin typing the new URL. In Chrome, you have to <CTRL>-A to select all first before typing the new URL. If you don't the new characters are just prepended before the existing entry.
(5) In Opera you can customize the speed dial page. In particular, you can enter the specific web sites you wish to have pre-fetched. Chrome puts the most highly visited web sites in speed dial and you cannot change them (that I know of).
(6) Downloads work better in Opera. When I need to download a document (e.g,. a DOC, CSV, MP3 file, etc.) in Opera I have the choice of downloading and saving it in a directory of my choosing, opening the file with the installed default application, or opening it with a new application. Chrome gives no such options. Documents retrieved from a web site are first of all downloaded into the Download folder. (By default, Opera downloads them into a temp folder which is erased automatically, but you have to clean out the Download folder in Chrome manually.) Then, if you want to open the document, you can do so.
(7) Opera gives the choice to open in a new tab or open in a background tab. The difference is whether the focus goes to the new tab or stays with the current one. Chrome only permits open in a new tab, but then it really is a background tab (in the sense that the focus remains in the current tab).
What, you might ask? are there no other choices? Sure, most everyone at work uses Firefox but Firefox is waaaaayyyy slower than either Opera or Chrome. And, some folks still prefer to use Internet Explorer, since, as they point out, the boss pays them by the hour taking much longer to get things done is to their advantage. ;-)
If you have any other reasons why Opera out-performs Chrome, please let me know.