I’m a abiding flip-flopper. I’ve used no fewer than a dozen email audience over the past year before clearing on Spark. I’ve tried every note-taking app known to man before award a really great option in Bear. I’m always on the anchor for what’s next.

Surprisingly, though, I’ve been adverse to trying new browsers.

I jump amid Safari and Chrome, about using the former on my laptop as Chrome initiates some sort of launch arrangement that has my MacBook’s fans aural like a SpaceX test. Chrome, for me, has been a mainstay on the iMac and my Lenovo Yoga. There’s been little switching, and even after giving Firefox addition look years after abandoning it, I’ve been pretty happy with that decision.

And then a weird thing happened. After sort of relegating myself to Safari on my MacBook and the iPhone (gotta love Handoff), our Editor-in-Chief Ale asked me a catechism in Austin during SXSW that got me thinking. The catechism was simple: “You’re still using Safari on the iPhone?”


This was almost too much to handle. Was there a better option I was overlooking? I anon started trying every iOS browser I could get my hands on. Some were good: Dolphin, Penguin, Opera, Chrome. Others, well, I sort of hated: *cough* Firefox.

After switching back and forth amid Chrome and Opera (mostly for the Handoff-like appearance of each), I acclimatized on Opera, which offers a superb mobile browsing experience.

But it got me thinking: am I missing out on the desktop too?

The answer is, no, not really. Amid Chrome and Safari I had aggregate I needed. But what if I could switch to just one browser, use it on all of my devices, and forego the abiding flip-flopping that’s become a accoutrement of my tech-centric life?

So I tried it

I can confidently say that Opera isn’t a better browser than Chrome or Safari on either iOS or macOS. What I can say, however, is that it feels like a better fit for me than either of them.

It’s not as quirky as it once was, but its charm is undeniable. It’s fast, feature-rich, and reminds me of why I used both browsers in the first place. For Chrome, it’s all about the extensions. I could absolutely give or take the rest of the experience. With Safari, it’s lightweight, fast, and appreciably clean-looking.

What can I say, I dig aesthetics.

Opera is the best of both of those things. It has no curtailment of great native extensions, but after installing a affinity extension, you can use your favorites from Chrome, too. It’s also clean, lightweight, and fast — depending on your criterion provider of choice (it absolutely fast, anyway).


There’s a lot to love

There’s a lot to love about Opera on both iOS and macOS. That said, it’s absolutely not perfect. But we’ll get to that in a moment.

The array saving appearance are great. By burden images, blocking ads, and attached action in accomplishments tabs, Opera keeps aggregate active silky smooth. It’s not just great on the battery, either, attached this sort of action makes browsing abundantly efficient. It’s fast, and although it might not be as fast as some other browsers (depending on your criterion test of choice), it absolutely feels faster, and that’s really all that affairs in the end, right?

For those I’ve alienated by talking about reduced-quality in images, fear not; it’s easily disabled.


On my laptop and mobile devices, array life is key. On desktop, it’d apparently drive me nuts, not that the abasement is all that awful. But it’s noticeable, and I freak out over these things. For me, it’s a aerial antithesis of achievement and aesthetics. I’m accommodating to bend some, but I can’t discount either in favor of the other.

And really, what good is a 27-inch 5k screen with degraded images?

Aside from aesthetics, there are some really cool appearance under-the-hood. The congenital VPN is stellar, although it’s free and I absolutely wouldn’t trust it completely. It’s a great option for those attractive to up their aloofness game without a lot of effort, and when paired with HTTPS, it should keep you almost private.

And then there’s the Handoff-like affection that kept me using Safari. I switch back and forth amid mobile and laptop/desktop a lot, so the adeptness to share links amid the two after having to rely on AirDrop — 60-percent of the time, it works every time — was a big plus.

Opera has a agnate feature. It requires you to create an annual and log in on both accessories (much like Chrome), but seamlessly syncs advice in the accomplishments once you do. So, if I’m attractive up a lasagna recipe on my iMac, I can bound pick that up on my iPad bench once it’s time to absolutely cook it.

Nothing’s perfect

Again, it’s not perfect.

On iOS Opera is a bit crash prone, and at times it offers a arresting examination acquaintance after alternating your phone into mural mode and then back to portrait. A few rotations gets it back to where it needs to be more often than not, but it’s not ideal. It’d also be nice to see article like Safari’s reader mode where it strips away aggregate but text for an ceaseless view of the content.

On macOS, the only botheration I ran into was a agnate one to Chrome, although not as bad. It tends to give the fans on my laptop a little kickstart from time-to-time, but never manages to go into a absolute launch arrangement like Chrome.

Overall though, I can live with minor imperfections. Opera, for me, is a great choice. It has most of what I like in other browsers, while the few appearance it lacks are things I can live without. It’s a great aggregate of aesthetics and performance, while alms absolutely the sort of chain tools I need to use a single browser on assorted operating systems and devices.

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