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Opera 31.0.1889.174 FINAL

Opera's rebooted web browser is starting to come of age.

by Nick Peers

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Operating Systems: Android, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
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Date Updated: 18 August 2015
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Developer: Opera
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Opera 31.0.1889.174
Opera's Start Pages show a real design flourish.

It may not enjoy the same level of attention as other heavyweight web browsers, but there’s still a lot to like about Opera. Rebooted in June 2013 as a Chromium-based variant, the new Opera’s early history was a troubled one, with many long-established features absent. Even now, some aren’t coming back – specifically Opera’s old built-in mail client, which is available on its own as Opera Mail.

The reboot was prompted by Opera’s decision to abandon its own proprietary web rendering engine (Presto) in favour of Google’s open-source Chromium engine. This left Opera room to focus more on the user interface, and while it’s taken a while to get all the key functionality back, Opera is now starting to fire on all cylinders, particularly now bookmark support has been restored after various failed attempts to move to a different way of storing favourites.

The redesigned Start page gives you a choice of three views: Speed Dial lets you place key favourites front and centre via a series of tiles, which includes the ability to group related sites together. The Discover tab can be customised to show you news and updates from a variety of topics focused on your chosen location.

And finally, the restored bookmarks can be displayed as a list or as a grid containing thumbnail preview images (or site icon). What was stored in the now-defunct Stash can be found here. It’s very flashy, but the key thing is it’s logical, and it works.

Other handy features include Opera Turbo – technology also found on its mobile browser that compresses data while you browse to speed up website loading. It’s designed primarily for slower networks, but will work on any network you choose. Also look out for Tab Previews (simply roll your mouse over any tab for a pop-up preview of its contents, which are dynamically updated along with the page itself).

Opera is still a work in progress, but it’s come a long way in the 15 months since we reviewed the first release of this new reboot. It’s now starting to feel like a genuine alternative to the better known browsers out there.

What's new in Opera v31 (compared to the previous v30)?

- New improved UI. In Opera 31, Discover gets a better layout.
- Improved synchronization, with additional options, across your devices. Synchronizes typed history between your desktop devices. Now you can get to your history faster.
- Speed up on slower devices

Verdict:

It's taken a while, but Opera's rebooted web browser is finally starting to come of age, particularly now it's restored key features like bookmarks. Well worth trying alongside your regular browser.

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Opera Final 28

Posted by: Andrew Ryback, 12 April 2015 09:00

After spending quite a bit of time getting familiar with the new Opera, I must say that I'm quite pleased. I've got my bookmarks tool-bar set up along with extensions that I use with Firefox, such as ADblock, Translate, Gmail Notifier, an excellent version of the Weather Channel and a nifty extension called "Black Menu".

I don't care about speed dial that much. I found Opera to be quick and responsive, much more so than Google Chrome. On the down side, although it does most things right it's rather bland looking and you can't customize with skins. The themes on offer are just background nonsense. Also nothing can be done with changing fonts, unless there's something I'm missing.

All in all, Opera has made some very useful changes to its horrid previous versions. It's a bit of fun to use. Oddly enough, there's no home button. Other than that, Kudos to the folks at Opera.

Pointless review

Posted by: Jedy, 04 September 2014 00:24

I don't get why in September 2014 this review is mainly looking at version 15, with a small mention (in brackets) that the current is v24. Are you simply using an old reviw and are too lazy to update it? The criticism of a lack of bookmarking is irrelevant as Opera has a bookmarks bar.
Also private browsing is not a new feature in v24, its been there for some time now.

www.downloadcrew.com reply:

Jed, we don't re-write reviews every single time a download receives an update. That would be way too cost-prohibitive. It's not a question of being "too lazy". We have to account for every review written on the site and Opera releases a new "major" update every single month.

The reason the review looks at v15, is simply because it was the first version released with a completely new engine etc. Subsequent versions (16, 17. 18 etc) have just built on top of the original v15, which was released only a few months ago.

Opera 20 best Chrome based web browser

Posted by: Jonathan Robarts, 25 April 2014 17:00

Opera 20.0 is the best Chrome based web browser available. A lot of people are complaining about how bad it is and that it doesn’t have all the features of the old browser. These people should take the time to try it out before condemning it. I tried Opera 20.0 and have decided to use it as my default web browser.

MacWorld

Posted by: Bosco Harper, 03 April 2014 18:12

Dear Download crew,
The question you need to check is whether the Opera company advertises in Macworld. If you think the reviews in any publication are untainted by commerce, guess again

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