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  • Hi,

    A couple of questions. Opera looks and behaves quite nicely. Until now, I used Chrome on Windows, but I hate how it's counterpart on Android leaves ads. It says the ads should be unobtrusive, but my experience is not so. On the other hand, I read a good review about Opera on android. Now, I like my browsers to sync, + another review I read says Opera Flow is basically the best onehanded browsing option.

    But, on the other side, I'm a heavy Google product user. Is it too much of a hassle to have a browsing sync through another account and not Google or how does it work in your experience? How does Opera work in that regard with Google docs for example?

    And considering it's somewhat smaller user base - is Opera secure? Is Opera sync secure?

    And last - I read it's based on Chromium - so basically just redesigned Chrome, or is only the engine the same and everything else "original"?

    As for the Chinese ownership, it's not ideal, bu even my HP laptop is made in China, so that's that.

    But also the userbase - how big is it actually and how safe and long-lived will Opera be?

    I don't make a habit out of changing browsers, so sorry for asking for first hand experience in advance! Thanks!

  • The truth is, only you can determine the answer to your question. Like all browsers today, Opera is free so download it and try it out. See if it does what you want it to do. It's really as simple as that.

  • Opera is based on Chromium, like Chrome also is, but it's not just a Chromium skin.

    There aren't current numbers about Opera's user base but it used to be in the order of tens, maybe hundreds of millions of users. Also, Opera is a 20+ years old browser and it doesn't seem that it will end soon.

  • @uxbal as coffeelover says, there's no harm in trying it. I've actually had it installed for a very very long time and only just now switched to it as default! Lol.

    But, as said, lots of distinctive features behind its surface appearance, but it might take you a while to discover them.

    I too am a heavy Google product (on the software side) user and have had no issues. I do have the Android mobile versions installed but I'm new to Android, so I haven't really investigated those yet. I actually default to Edge on Android at the moment, mainly because of its reader view - and I'm a refugee from Windows Mobile.

    Opera itself has been around for decades. And someone just posted the current financial results here so you can check.

    https://investor.opera.com/news-releases/news-release-details/opera-limited-announces-third-quarter-2018-financial-results-and

  • @uxbal said in Is Opera for me?:

    Hi,

    A couple of questions. Opera looks and behaves quite nicely. Until now, I used Chrome on Windows, but I hate how it's counterpart on Android leaves ads. It says the ads should be unobtrusive, but my experience is not so. On the other hand, I read a good review about Opera on android. Now, I like my browsers to sync, + another review I read says Opera Flow is basically the best onehanded browsing option.

    But, on the other side, I'm a heavy Google product user. Is it too much of a hassle to have a browsing sync through another account and not Google or how does it work in your experience? How does Opera work in that regard with Google docs for example?

    And considering it's somewhat smaller user base - is Opera secure? Is Opera sync secure?

    And last - I read it's based on Chromium - so basically just redesigned Chrome, or is only the engine the same and everything else "original"?

    As for the Chinese ownership, it's not ideal, bu even my HP laptop is made in China, so that's that.

    But also the userbase - how big is it actually and how safe and long-lived will Opera be?

    I don't make a habit out of changing browsers, so sorry for asking for first hand experience in advance! Thanks!

    Hi,
    Opera is passing by a lot of chanages,
    Few years ago, Opera was the leader, all new proposition camed out form Opera. Tabs for example, Opera was the first to introduce them then the others followed.
    Now, Opera is facing some problems, and the reason is obvious MONEY.
    On this point, Google hasno shame, they are using Ads and a lot o fthem, in every corner of their product.
    That said, Opera is very different from Chromium and gives a completely different user experience.
    So give it a try and tell us about your experience.