How came I to this conclusion? It is really simple. The webbrowser (of course the most used object in the suit) is really good (especially in standards and secured session).
The problem is not that Opera has many implemented features! I think this is a good thing. Some are often used, some less or never used(depends on every user). But how they are implemented!
There are some users, which criticize that the numbers of programmers should rise proportional to the new implemented features.
Opera has got some features I want to have a closer look on:
- the IRC - client
- the "FTP - client"
- mail / M2
- download manager / bit torrent - support
IRC - client
I used the IRC a long time ago. I tested a few IRC clients. At first was Trillian. I used it to start in the quakenet, I had no experience with IRC and Trillian was already used for ICQ/AIM/Y!M
It was not really good, because you have really poor features.
After that I came to my favourite: mirc. I think it is the most used application for the IRC. It is really full of options and features.
After I had tested a few clients more, I came to opera, because I didn't want to install another application on the PC of my girl friend. And I was really shocked how opera is minimal.
FTP - client
What happened to me was really analog for the ftp compared to the IRC! Opera has only the ability to download or to look in folders on the server. The ability to upload something isn't included! I was really shocked, because even the Internet Explorer has this ability (ok, not good and totally buggy, but it has!)
the notes are quit helpful. I'm a very forgetful person. So I'm very happy not have to search and install an extension/addon like the Firefox. But the ability to save the notes on the hdd or to share them with over persons/pc aren't already implemented. I'm working on 4 workstations in different buildings at the moment and it goes on my nerves that I can't sync the notes/feeds/mails/speeddial/etc.!
mail / M2
Why this buggy, wrong implemented IMAP-support? You read that I'm working on different places. To have all my mails on the same place I used for my important accounts IMAP. I think I have not to comment more on this topic
download manager / bittorrent - support
The download manager is good as the managers of their big competitions. But why not be better? Why do so many people take an extra download-manager like getright? Because they are good! They have this, I was waiting since I changed from IE5 to something different! Nothing happened in the world of browsers. They slept. They forgot to implement the ability to
- start later the download (schedule);
- take more threads (one file is split up in many fragments and is downloaded at the same time faster);
- prioritize the downloads
and many more things.
And now my conclusion: Opera is really good in webbrowsing (newsfeeds and some other features), but have too many missed good and essential features in many protocols. But I hope this will change in future! (Like the M2; which will become totally reprogrammed and get a new and better imap-support)?
Maybe some time opera will also support gopher and wais ^^
Opera seems to the classic program that has implemented everything but is beaten by every single application, which is spezialisized (and often programmed by one or two persons)
It is really interesting that I was / am looking to old and new browsers for features that opera hasn't implemented or which would change my life and at the end I find implemented features that have many missed features!