Long time Firefox user here, turned away from the recent Nightly builds, trying to find a Browser that delivers for all flavors/shapes/colors minimalistic or flamboyant!
Only to find a similar trend here as well , it seems that the current road-plan with all 'modern' software design points to the same direction.
Opera is no exception and jumps in the bandwagon. I understand that desktops are not what they used to be or at least what companies think the game is at, tablets/smartphones and all other similar devices are the primary focus now and the traditional UI's crumble and fall in the name of content consumption and smaller screen sizes.
Anyway I read carefully all the posts here and (for me at least) what it all boils down to is people arguing about what they think is better, faster more efficient and so on and so forth. And you know what? all of you are right you want to use what suits you best and one must respect that. Using a toolbar won't create a hole in the ozone layer nor the planet will overheat if someone likes a zero tool-bar/menu configuration, It's personal and a software has to respect that and deliver the corresponding options. Removing any means or a great part of customization for the one thing that can be customized the most 'A software's UI' is not close to my heart.
Here is my flavor for not wasting space:
clumsy? cluttered? non-practical? it works for me and that is what really matters.