Okay, so before we go any further, let me remind you of one small but important detail.
I’m a die-hard Google fan.
I use Google services to the point of saying: “Internal storage? Flash Drives? External hard drives? What is this, 1995?”
I use most of what Google has to offer, and I haven’t looked for alternatives in years. That has to mean something, right?
“That you’re an idiot?” I hear some of you ask. Yes.
It means that I’m not unlike many other people who prefer using the cloud as their preferred method of storing files and browsing the web. Some, like me, even prefer using their phone over a laptop: Just take a look at these articles:
If there’s one Google product I don’t like, though, it’s Google Chrome. Something about it just feels too minimal yet so clunky, and I’m not sure why. It’s always felt like that to me.
That’s when I realized how much the Google ecosystem has sucked me in. I needed to make a change. After all, just because Google makes it, doesn’t make it perfect. Google is far from perfect.
In my experience with myself and others, being a die-hard fan comes with one big truth: we’re sometimes blinded by the flaws of the thing we’re a fan of.
So, I decided to try Opera Browser and almost immediately fell in love. Opera is like Chrome, but on a lot of steroids. Opera is built by artists who care. Google Chrome is built by nerds who don’t. Google products sometimes feel rushed to me. I can’t say I’m surprised, though. Google is run by dorks who think mathematically and over-logically, rather than human-based thinking, focusing on UI and more on the creative side of things.
Now, back to Opera.
I absolutely love their extensions sidebar, where I can quickly access services like WhatsApp, Messenger, Quick Search, Bookmarks, Favorites, “My Flow” and more (if you choose to add more items). It’s very comfortable and compact, which I love. Not to mention beautiful. What’s more, Opera doesn’t hog RAM like Chrome is known to, especially on Windows 10.
In addition, it seems as though Chrome easily gets bogged down by browsing data, and takes forever to clear browsing data, when initiated by the user. Both Opera and Firefox take only a few seconds to clear the same amount of data, if not more.
Opera seems faster to me — and the the whole layout is just beautiful, I can’t explain it. Because in reality, the two browsers aren’t vastly different. You can just see that more care goes into Opera, and that’s why I choose to use it. I recognize that humans work at the Opera company, whereas I wouldn’t be surprised of robots/AI was behind the building of Chrome!
Like the Chrome Web Store? Well, the Extension store for Opera has an “Install Chrome extensions on Opera” extension. So, it’s a win-win, really.
Why I like opera: in bullet points:
- Opera is faster and more responsive than Chrome.
- Opera uses less memory (CPU) and doesn’t drain your battery as quickly.
- Opera offers a unique user-experience. It’s more beautiful, in my opinion.
- Need a VPN? No searching needed. Opera offers a built-in VPN for free.
So, give it a try! Maybe you’ll make the switch, too.