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Firefox vs Opera

Updated on September 14, 2014

What is Your Favorite Browser?

Firefox and Opera share a lot of similarities: they are both free web browsers with modern features like tabbed browsing and a password manager. However, there's a lot of differences between them too. Firefox is open source and extremely customizable: you can make it do almost anything by using 3rd party extensions. Opera on the other hand is proprietary software and has a lot of useful features "out of the box".

This page will help you decide whether Firefox or Opera is a better browser, and why. Read what others have to say and cast your vote in the discussion and poll below. May the best browser win!

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About Firefox

Popular and highly customizable open source browser

Firefox is a free web browser managed by Mozilla Corporation. Since it is open source, there are thousands of extensions and themes available from 3rd party developers that can add new features, improve security or change the looks of the application. Firefox features include tabs, spell check, password manager and other things you'd expect to find in a modern browser. It also supports most current web standards.

Firefox is one of the most popular browsers, losing only to Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Google's Chrome in terms of current use worldwide.

Opera Logo
Opera Logo

About Opera

Sleek browser with a number of unique features

Opera is a free proprietary web browser developed by Opera Software. Its features include tabbed browsing, page zooming, mouse gestures, a built-in BitTorrent client and more. A number of key features of modern browsers was in fact pioneered by Opera. The browser is extensible via widgets and third party add-ons, although it strictly limits what these plugins can do as a quality assurance measure.

Opera only has a small part of the PC web browser market; however, Opera Mini is one of the most popular browsers used in mobile phones and PDAs.

Opera vs Firefox Discussion

Is Firefox or Opera the better browser?

Firefox is better than Opera!

Firefox is better than Opera!

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      For PC,I have to say,that firefox defeats opera,for its flexibility.As a huge amount of add-ons for firefox are out there,it can do many things that opera can't do.However,when I just perform some simple tasks,like listening to music online,I'll stay with opera,because it's light weight,fast,and easier to control. And I install opera on my vps,I've tested many browsers,and opera is the only one which is light weight,full feature,and stable.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I've never used Opera that's why I ended up here .Didn't have to read much I was just into my 3rd ssentence. Opera uses Chromium I'd rather use passenger pigeons to get my information then use Google Chrome and their extinct

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Opera used to be better than Firefox, but is not more. Back in the day, Opera had its own engine called Presto. Now it uses Chromium. Essentially, Opera has become Google Chrome wearing an Opera mask. It's extremely disappointing. I do like IE, but the latest version isn't compatible with some websites (for example, the forum post editor for Simtropolis). So sadly, Firefox is my only option. It's decent, but still performs poorly in comparison to Internet Explorer.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      firebox

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      IDK why but i find firefox more sexy than other browsers.:)

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      OPERA SSSSSSSUUUUUUUUCCCCCKKKKKKKSSSSSSSS

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Firefox outbeats chrome explorer and opera

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I don't use Browsers, but when I do.. I choose you Pikachu.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      opera is too slow

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Opera Is for people with slow internet while firefox is for professional internet surfers. I wouldn't say one of them was "better" than the other. It depends on what and how you use it for. But anyway fireofx rockz!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I believe Firefox is THE best browser right now. Opera is faster and has a built in torrent client but that's about it. Firefox has everything else!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Firefox is the best, so what that opera has opera "turbo" that garbage doesn't work anyway. For example when I'm downloading something, firefox still loads pages faster than opera with turbo enabled, actually it works worse with turbo, like old snail... that stuff just does not work, yeah it can save some data and money if you pay for your data amount, but that's all if you have opera forget about fast browsing.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Opera is fast, stable, it has lots of add ons, but most of all I admire huge community, its not about technology but about people!! when you use opera you are the part of open web community!! which supports freedom!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      My Opera freezes and crashes like a drunkard. Also, it's refusing to update flash no matter what so I've practically lost the key to all the cool stuff on the internet. Maybe it's coz I have a slow machine. Only got 1GB ram to play with. Nevertheless, I went back to Mozilla and now I remember why I loved it so much. It hasn't given me any problems...so far.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Take your pick...

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Nugget

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I like both, but firefox seems better although it does not come with flash player

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      firefox. is.. just the greatest invention... FIREFOX.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      its quicker

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      FF is good bcoz it is an open source browser

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I prefer Firefox, purely out of its customisation and better add-ons. However I use Opera because it's faster and crashes less.

      What made me swap was YouTube because Firefox (Adobe Flash) kept crashing, so I tried Opera and it loaded the video MUCH quicker and hasn't crashed for me once.

      I like Firefox, and it's so much better, but Opera is actually stable and actually plays YouTube videos.

      ---Only thing I would say is annoying about Opera is that it won't open tabs in the background and won't let me customize the bookmark bar as much as Firefox.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Firefox is the BEST EVER!!!

      Anyway in my opinion any web browser is better than Internet Explorer

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      yes.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Firefox is lighter and faster than opera,

      BUT opera download's speed is faster than all browser.

      (Sucking IE)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      FIREFOX SUCKS!!!!!!!

      LIKE FAIL FIREFOX IS PORNOGRAPHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      FIREFOX SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS LIKE BALLS

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      dsn

    • Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I haven't used opera, but I prefer Firefox over Chrome

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I would say they are on a par with each other.

      I had firefox open experimenting earlier and when I came back I was wondering why my browsing/scrolling felt sluggish when I suddenly realised I had Firefox open.

      Usually using Comodo Dragon which is extremely smooth.

      Apologies for running OT.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Firefox.. I'm sad to say that opera has gone down lately!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      You know what, Google Chrome and IE is better than both lol

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Opera is better when it works, when search engines don't break and when its compatible with the site you are trying to view. But until it is compatible with majority of sites I think ill stick to Firefox

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I choose Firefox since it has an easier and friendlier interface.

    • Iain84 5 years ago

      i use IE for day to day browsing but Firefox for when im developing and testing

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Firefox

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank u all

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank to u all

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      firefox kicks opera's ass

    • Atomika07 5 years ago

      Firefox is sooo much better.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      firefox is way more secure and is friendlier

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      never use Opera...

    • amylock 5 years ago

      Firefox has lots of add-ons. Even Google Chrome cannot beat it!

    • seobounty 6 years ago

      Firefox is better!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      its works better

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      It's ok!

    • sahilwaste 6 years ago

      At present I've 3 browsers on my lappy...IE, Chrome and Firefox..Chrome is very fast i like chrome's speed but most of the time i uses Firefox because I love extensions (add-ons), and they make work easier.. On the other hand Opera is not my choice because it consume system resources...i used it(Opera 10.0 v) once but never liked because it is very restrictive.. ..but i like Opera mini and mini is not for windows... so my vote goes to Firefox

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Opera is faster but it needs more hardware acceleration then Firefox

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Firefox 4 is way faster, then Opera, add-on, customization, safe tracker system protection from stupid Google tracking system, and much more etc.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Opera

    • Sadheeskumar 6 years ago

      I feel Firefox is slightly better than Opera.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      People often mention speed. It's true that Firefox isn't the fastest. I find that it loses in speed to Chrome, but not to Opera. Anyway, Firefox 4 is much faster so if you're still using 3.6 you should consider switching.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      1. Opera

      2. Google Chrome

      3. Safari

      4. Firefox

      5. Internet Explorer

      Maybe one day Firefox will be more like Opera but by that time Opera will be better! :P

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      A few months ago I'd have said FF by a country mile, now due to it's slower speed Opera is not far behind at all.

      Due to it's brilliiant flexibitlity though FF still takes it. Chrome/Rockmelt are my number one choices though

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      slowly download with opera 11

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      My last experience with Opera wasn't really memorable, it froze and crashed all of the time... Firefox is slower, but I still prefer it.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Both are very good.

      OPERA Pros And Cons

      I do not like the layout

      but Its fast!

      Firefox

      usually fast, but can get slow with alot of tabs(usually with flash player).

      The layout is genius, easy and fast.

      Firefox gets my vote.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Mozzilla is open source, smart, easy and poweful!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Firefox is easier to use.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      whats with the name calling?

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      opera does not have the features i need firefox does

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Firefox if you want something that is extendable like I do but Opera if you want a lighterweight and has it all out of the box program. Firefox is missing some of opera features out of the box but these can be added with addons and so Opera is optimised to use what it has meaning its faster by default.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      hard choice i only used opera once but i thought it was clutter free unlike any other browser(way more than monzilla) but monzillla is very customizable and open source i use firefox so isay firefox but i have never run a few tests so netrural

    • Oosquid 6 years ago

      I have to be honest, I have never used Opera, it would have to be super good to beat Firefox in my opinion.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I am using Ubuntu and damn I was waiting for Opera to come out with the 10.x version. Still on the 10.62 version, when I am opening a Google Docs document it just gives segmentation fault. So well, back to FF and hack it down to spine to catch up with the big guys. (Though if you know how to hack FF it can be a really hasty bitch :) )

    • Delia 7 years ago

      I can't say Firefox is better then Opera as I have not used that one, but for sure Firefox is better then IE..I especially like the spell check

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I've been running both Opera and Firefox for more than a decade. Opera is only installed because I can use it as a backup to check a website that is giving me problems in Firefox and because I always remove Internet Explorer from my Windows machines.

    • SummerQueen 7 years ago

      FireFox is my browser!

    • MarcBlackMedia LM 7 years ago

      Firefox hand down!

    • carny 7 years ago

      Firefox is the best browser ever because of all the plugins that are available. It's open source and Opera isn't, so that already makes it better by default. I'll just list some of the plugins that I can't imagine browsing without.

      NoScript: allows scripts to be executed only from domains you mark as trusted. Best. Plugin. Ever. Makes browsing so much more secure it's not even funny. Does Opera have something like it? I don't think so.

      FireFTP: a full-featured FTP client in your browser. Beat that, Opera.

      And if you miss some of Opera's features like mouse gestures, guess what... There's a Firefox extension for that, too.

    Opera is better than Firefox!

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      • anonymous 2 years ago

        funny how some say Crapera/Opera is better than FF.Its crap now that they switched to chromium its like a lot of the others Torch,Spark,and some others even those have more features Opera now.

      • Ahadul Islam 2 years ago

        I think opera is much better then firefox because firefox download slower than opera

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        the stash bit on opera is more smoother to use for bookmarking than any other browser plus it don't seem to crash (opera that is)as much as firefox or slow down as much

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        opera is good if you have a isp that keeps cropping up with "you have to be over 18 blah blah send us a couple of quid and your name etc(like 3 mobile)as in turbo mode it gets rid of crappy content control (90 percent of it any way)and i don't seem to be scraping as much malware off my pc as i did with firefox

      • escribidor 3 years ago

        I prefeer opera...

        take a look to mi lens: http://www.squidoo.com/the-best-browsers

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Opera is exactly 3.14X better than Firefox since Opera has been the pioneer of browser functions, it is completely original and runs faster than Firefox

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Seriously, with the most recent updates to the Adobe Flash player, Firefox has become a joke.

        If you have Dropbox on and working, and you have, say, 10 tabs open in Firefox, mostly with news articles on various sites; and let's say that you're uploading a large file in one of those tabs using a Flash file uploader, and then you open a video on YouTube to watch something while the file is uploading, that's when you will come to realize what a huge joke Firefox has become.

        Now try doing the exact same thing with Opera. It WILL actually work. I rest my case. No further questions, Your Honor. Opera FTW!!!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I like the amount of *native* features that Opera has (IRC, mail client, bittorren- wait, scrap that last one) and being used by fewer people means it (hopefully) has fewer rabid fanbois.

        They're still just as loud though.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I believe Opera is slightly faster than FIrefox and I dislike Firefox after the development of Firefox OS.

      • uploader 4 years ago

        I would choose opera any day. But there is a new browser out there: http://www.squidoo.com/uc-browser-for-pc

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        opera

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Opera is one of the best browsers out there now, it has very useful add ons, for example translation tools, which are way too weak in firefox it is faster DEFINITELY!! It feels smoother overall, besides it has opera turbo!!! It helps a lot when you use internet in overclouded cafes it still loads webs faster than firefox, way faster!!!!, besides, it works with most of the phones, where you can find all your bookmars from your pc, via sync. Sync in opera is very convenient and fast, and it DOESN't crash for me at all, it uses way less RAM than firefox, installation is faster, better rendering engine in Java based content pages, really friendly and active community, u also get personal blog, and news space where u can find some great people, but the best thing of all it compresses pages up to 90 percent, that's crucial aspect if you are in a situation where your data transfer is limited. I don't understand why it has so few people using it, it's so amazing product!! Firefox became the synonym of internet, but that doesn't mean it's the best browser. Nothing could be further from the truth!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        opera

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        its fast

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Opera doesn't lag. Says enough.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Opera. Notes feature is invaluable, zoom feature is very very convenient, OperaLink, saved sessions, these are very handy too in insuring no valuable content gets lost. Opera is sleeker, faster, and has a extra unobtrusive design. Tried FF, tried to like it b/c of allegedly better safety, complete failure. Crashed, loaded stuff slowly (when compared to Opera), and there was a mess-up with my imported bookmarks. No one messes with my bookmarks, so, sorry FF, and see you after you improve.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Firefox used to be the best browser available. However it has changed a lot over the past 5 updates. I have switched giving Opera a try, so far I like it, it has a small learning curve but its getting more comfortable for me every day I use it. Firefox better get it together or they will be like Netscape........

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        i think that mozilla's performance is little lesser than opera..

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        i think that mozilla's performance is little lesser than opera..

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I like that Opera come with almost everything out of the box. The only thing missing, for me anyway is the videodownload helper addon offered in firefox.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Opera is the best!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        In my bedroom, I get 1 bar of wifi. Firefox takes 10 years to load a video. Opera takes no time at all. I am satisfied. I love it.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        recently closed tabs is a GREAT GREAT feature!

        (i guess firefox gonna steal it soon :)

        Opera is the pioneer of every cool idea the modern browsers have today

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Opera is way better because it is faster and sleek

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        opera is more faster n relaible than firefox. i had tried both.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        If you have both browsers you'll know that Opera is faster than Firefox

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Opera is extremely fast, and in addition to that, it is by far superior to Firefox in prior to speed due to Opera's "Turbo Boosting". Furthermore, Opera allows separate tabs to have 'Private Browsing' enabled. However Firefox opens a new window or replaces all the tabs you have open.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Opera has far more features, a good amount of extensions, and still a decent amount of customization. But the greatest factor that sets the two apart is speed. Opera is extremely fast, and very stable; even with many extensions installed.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Opera is far more stable

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Firefox is more popular and has a lot add-ons, extensions, themes and users. It is a great web browser. Firefox is first browser I used.

        Opera is not so popular. It is very fast and simple browser with a lot of unique features. It is great and I like it more than Firefox. Only thing bad about it is that you can't find any popular add-ons for it :/

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        any web browser is better than Internet Explorer

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Opera is better

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        OPERA

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Firefox Freezes too MUCH! Opera doesn't!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Opera, just the feature of having the zoom bar in the lower right and being able to use scroll mouse wheel while hovering on it is worth it. all others I have to use key commands or menu.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Firefox always freezes for some games that I play meanwhile Opera doesn't. I also like the panel thing in Opera, and the Notes, where you can take Notes right in the browser.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I much prefer Opera because I find it loads faster for me and has an overall better design, but I like both browsers/

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Opera is the best!

        This sentence is worth more than thousand words.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i opera becuz it has a turbo and much much more quicker and if u wish to go from last session or start with the homepage

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I think Opera,especially because of the interface.

      • velmayilraja 5 years ago

        i opt for opera, it is the best

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Opera is sleeker, more lightweight, and fast.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Firefox is really easy to use and relatively fast however, Opera is much more advanced, sleek and productive. And quicker.....

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        like this: opera has a very poor extension api but most of the time it needs no extensions being highly customizable out of the box. to test which browser is better,lay off the broadband and start firefox on few pages like addons.mozilla.com,on a 5-10KB/s connection. browse for a while. now do the same with opera. its clearly seen opera has outstanding caching abilities and very fast response in general. graphic engine has some minor redraw issue but this is neglible that it really isn't even worth mentioning. opera has got some high hidden potencial for users patient anough to find it and its far faster then firefox which can be seen on slow connections like 5KB/s

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        In my opinion opera is very user friendly than any other browsers .. it also takes less memory and u can customize as you wish very easily .. firefox is also good but not as user friendly as opera ..

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Oh and Mozilla Firefox always jammed in my PC. :P SUCK!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Opera is better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • angtor 5 years ago

        Firefox might be opensource but its Gecko engine fails in terms of performance along with multi-platform compatibility. Recently they have copied many features of Opera, even copying a lot of Opera's interface. If you're a power user who knows what you're doing, Opera is for you.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Navigation is 100x better in opera. But memory leaks....

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Both are greta launcher, I have tested all: safari, opera, chrome, firefox,netscape and maxthomp an I determined opera was the best, but firefox is also a great browser, actually i use both.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Opera , It is so much faster than firefox .

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Oprera of course!! been using everything: Safari, chrome, firefox, ie... but nothing is better than Opera. There is no faster and lighter browser than Opera! Firefox comes second best..

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Opera is better than Firefox!

        Opera is better than Firefox!

        Opera is better than Firefox!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Opera

      • PeaZip 5 years ago

        I really like Opera, it is fast, polished, stable, does all you can ask to a browser and what is more important you can find all where it is logically expected to be.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Opera rules, firefox uses too much RAM

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Opera! It's even faster then my Internet connection =P

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Opera is a browser users best friend. I have been a programmer and I T professional for twenty five years and am currently I S Director where I work. While most modern browsers are good enough to judged on personal preferences, for me Opera wins hands down. Opera is small, lightweight, very fast, very stable, very secure, has a user-friendly layout that I truly love, and is rich with exactly the kind of features that I like to see in a browser. Another great thing about Opera is that it leaves YOU, the browser user in control of the browser. Firefox is a nice browser but I had some regular crashing problems with it a few versions back which prompted me to give Opera a new look and for the time being at-least, Opera is my #1 choice.

        *Sidenote: Google (Chrome), Nice interface but it, like GoogleEarth, and other Google software, assumes you want your task scheduler automatically loaded down with numerous GoogleUpdater tasks that you're not even made aware of, let alone have agreed to install. I want to control my own task scheduler. The user, not the software vendor, should decide what is and what is not installed or updated on their computer.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I used Firefox for years and have noticed it slowing down considerably. I switched to Opera and am amazed at the speed it loads pages and scrolls through them. I also like the slider which allows me to increase or decrease font size. Opera wins hands down!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        well... i used firefox, but the window always froze, so i switched to opera and now everything runs sweet on my slow pc ^^

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Opera

        FireFox is slower for me

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I think that Opera is better than firefox because it is fast and has loads of widgets.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        opera is better...

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        OPERA FTWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Both are good

        Earlier I used FF but now I am using opera.

        Only disadvantage of FF is memory bloating and hence the switch to opera.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Opera

        Its REALLY Easy to use and till now i have no problems with it. To be honest i used FF before switching to Opera =]

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I like that ff is open-source but open-source doesn't always mean that it's better. I love Opera because it works. I don't always use the extra features like it's bit-torrent or mail client but that they're there is great. I love the mouse gesture feature. For me, I like ff but I think that it slows down too often when a certain number of tabs are opened. Also, especially now that ff uses the same rapid release that chrome/chromium uses, many of those extensions that ff touts break so I'll stick with Opera.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        If it weren't for FF's plugin DownThemAll! I wouldn't even install Firefox at all. Firefox just feels sluggish and bloated for the lack of features it innately comes with. And recent versions of FF won't even render some websites properly. First browser to have tabs, first browser to come in my native language, and even the email client is pretty decent. It even has your email contacts on a sidebar when you need to fetch names quickly at work.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Opera is the best.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Opera is fast and smart. I think Opera is the best.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Opera isn't just faster than Firefox, it's also way smarter. Also, one feature which FF and the others can't beat, is the Notes option. Not to mention the saved sessions feature. M2, built in with Opera, now that it can also be used with HTML, is the smartest mail client in the world. No need to go through a complete hassle in organizing your mail: M2 does it all for you, almost automatically, without a hitch. And there are so many more advantages over FF, I cannot understand why Opera isn't as popular. Been using Opera for about 6 years now, used FF for a while, but didn't even install FF on my new laptop anymore.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Had to switch... FF is too buggy now

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Opera

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Opera is faster for me faster is better this includes downloading speeds from websites such as megaupload and many other direct links plus Torrents are much faster as well.

        Opera protects just as well as Firefox using adblock i don't see why firefox users feel they're better protected when they haven't even used Opera or know anything about it's features anyone who has used it knows that it's no IE explorer.

        I can start Opera in literally half a second Firefox can take up 6 or 7 seconds and then when it needs updating it can take even longer...

        I don't need a browser in which has a bunch of useless addons in which nearly none of the users actually know what they do.

        i also don't like updating said useless addons most firefox users are NOT techies and really don't understand the useless garbage they get that comes along with each addon and most likely will not use many of the features they "intended" to

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Firefox is a memory hog. Opera although less customizable is a real breeze, has some very unique features

      • nolinel lm 6 years ago

        No doubt about it...

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Best thing about Opera that NO OTHER browser offers, is customizable keys. Not only can you map any function to any key, you can also make your own functions and buttons.

        If you use a mouse, mouse gestures saves you lots of time

        And Opera doesnt reload the page when you hit "back" so it feels WAY faster.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        opera is much faster

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Opera. It fits on 10 MB (Firefox needs 70 MB) and has many many many features FF doesn't have, out of the box (Opera Unite, Opera Dragonfly, Mail Client, IRC Client, BitTorrent, Tab stacking, along with a few others FF doesn't have without addons or even not at all). Both are as customizable and have many addons, contrary to the "FF is more customizable" belief.

        Opera even allows you to load your own CSS files instead of (or over) a website's normal CSS styles, it's called user mode.

        Opera has mouse gestures.

        Opera is a web server.

        Opera has Opera Turbo, which is a proxy server that compiles webpages before sending them to your computer, which makes slow connections more efficient.

        Opera has Opera Link, which allows you to save your preferences on multiple computers (although recently Firefox added that feature).

        Opera has a space where you can take notes for later, like post-its.

        Opera can have multiple tabs open at the same time in a single window.

        For all these reasons, I choose Opera. The fact that Firefox is Open Source is a ridiculous argument if you look at all of the above. You'll still end up using 60 more MB + addons if you want to even approach Opera's out-of-the-box features.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Out of the box (or download), Opera is arguably the best browser available. This is due to the copious amount of customization/features that Opera offers and that Firefox and others browsers lack.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Opera has much more features than Firefox, although it is less compatible with websites because it's not popular (this is the only bad thing about Opera). Seriously, though, nothing can beat Opera's features.

        Speed dial, mouse gestures, in-browser email (FF, on the other hand, needs Thunderbird), browser sessions (save a bunch of tabs that you want to open up everytime you start). You can search things IN THE ADDRESS BAR just by typing a letter before your query (for example type w opera to search Wikipedia for Opera, e for ebay, etc. Saves so much time) Tab grouping to clear up clutter if you have dozens of tabs open, and much more.

        Firefox has spellcheck, wow, so does Opera!

        I don't like how some people who voted for Firefox haven't even tried Opera, therefore they obviously have a biased opinion towards the one they use. Try both, then decide.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        In my opinion Opera is faster and smoother. Firefox is great to, but a bit on the slow side for me, seems like it has too much running even without all the fancy plugins. Bad side to Opera is that allot of websites don't support the browser...

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        opera is a lot better then fire fox example speed dile

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Opera is much better, with it's built in mail client, and modern GUI. Note how many people who say firefox is better haven't even tried Opera.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Opera all the way.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Opera best. There is simply no point for extendibility that slow things down when you only want to search and browse. Most of those third party add-in when I use Firefox only last a few days and uninstalled out of interest.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I prefer Opera!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Firefox had a lot of crashing, pretty slow (wireless), and kept reloading my email pages. Just got on Opera for my laptop (have it on my cell), so far I really like it!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        opera the best

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Opera is better. More features, faster, Widgets, turbo, customizability, mail, BitTorrent client, IRC, more, more, more.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Two words: Email. Client. I have become completely and hopelessly addicted to having my email on a browser tab. There are definitely more sites that are buggy with Opera than FF, but I can't quit the email. I mean, IT'S RIGHT THERE! ON A TAB! How can I ever go back?

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Opera's spent far too long as a niche browser and while Firefox is definitely the browser of today, IMO Opera will be the browser of the future.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        As long-ish time user of FF, I never considered Opera. that is until a few days ago! FF just got slower and slower till it became unusable. I even moved back to IE for a while! I then gave Opera a try. No slow downs as yet and better looking than FF too!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I prefer Linux (latest Ubuntu 10.10).

        1) I like the way how Opera deals with plugins, I have big choice for every MIME type (download or run in application or use plugin library). It is much more painful in Firefox!

        2) I have to visit some sites which does not like IE or Firefox. Opera can "cheat" these sites to imitate IE or Firefox and then remember my choice.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        opera ive used both opera 11 now out guys try it seriously ull never know what ht u its amazing ive tried firefox 3.6.13 and firefox 4 beta 8 and let me tell u the only thing thats letting it down is the load up time and the memory usage like operas motto the web is changing meet opera 11 and change to the best

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I'm an Opera user, and I prefer it immensely over Firefox. My speed dial saves my TONS of time, and I love the skin that I was able to download for it from Opera. It's just as fast as any other browser, and the features line Opera Turbo make it even faster when needed. Also, you can always use Opera Mail, Opera Unite and much more right out of the box! No downloads needed! Plus, all the buttons are laid out nicely, ready for me to use. If I need to change something, I just click on the big red "Menu" icon. If I want to refresh, I click the big "Refresh" button. Also, you can save so much time by using the mouse gestures, once again right out of the box! Great job Opera!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        OPERA IS BEST!

      • D Williams 6 years ago

        As a product Opera is way better. It may lack some 'extensions' or 'add-ons' but the built in security features that are continually updated cannot be underestimated. As for the fat that it is less than firefox due to not being open-source, well that is a biased call. Think support, think business, think productivity and it is clear that the ability to 'reach someone' quickly is important if you see the above terms as key to your daily success.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Firefox crash all the way..i think opera is better, I rarely use it

        oftenly I used Chrome..\m/,

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Opera is faster, more secure, and has more features out of the box. Who cares if it's not open source, or that it's for profit? This has no impact on how I use the product.

      Browser Market Share for 2013

      Browser market share in 2013 (based on information from StatCounter Global Stats).
      Browser market share in 2013 (based on information from StatCounter Global Stats).

      This pie chart shows worldwide browser usage in January to February 2013 according to StatCounter Global Stats. We can clearly see the winner of the Firefox and Opera popularity battle, although Firefox is also giving way to Google Chrome. IE still has quite a large share, but only thanks to its popularity in Asia.

      Which of the two do you prefer? Cast your vote in the anonymous poll below.

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          sethandressen 3 years ago

          I love Firefox. The best browser so far.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I love Firefox because it is just incredibly professional and stable,convenient while surfing into the world wide, opening all kind of websites without any limitations, and it has that a very simple beautiful look.

          Firefox works great with computers with high performances, if you guys have a piece of junk computer, just go with Chrome or Opera, those browsers are just light in using but limited compared to Firefox.

          Again, this is my point of view, and so far, I have not found a very advanced great browser that can deal with Firefox period.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Firefox, Opera was trying to take over my PC. It popped up everywhere and would just take over.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I love Opera because of its .mht extension its turbo engine its memory management. Firefox obviously a faster engine but for the memory management of opera it never re-download same image or other things for twice. From this angle it is much more faster then firefox. On the other hand Opera First introduce speed dial (I think) and it is so much helpful for all of us. Downloading videos from youtube Opera plays some horrible roles this is not good. But web designing in both browser is awesome. So both very well known and active then Internet Explorer and also its 9th version. I use both. But I will prefer Opera for its speed on slow connections.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          FIrefox is open sourse. And I am in favor of all that we can get. And thus, allows a lot of people to offer things for it.

          Its updated fast if there is a problem. And the page rendering is better then Opera.

          And importantly, most Security Suites have a plug in for FF, not so with Opera.

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          velmayilraja 5 years ago

          Opera is my choice. Fast and And i like that speed dial in it

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I hear a lot from others that Opera is faster than Firefox. OK i gave Opera a try, and in my view Firefox is much faster, but it could be just me.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Opera is a better browser but a nightmare when it comes to mac downloading. As for safari it is alright. However internet explorer is a useless, slow, virus packed waste of PC space. And chrome may be fast but is very basic and boring

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          i use firefox is the best for downlods and fast,about opera is also good,but i choose firefox,internet explorer 9 is very bad broser

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          uneasywriter lm 5 years ago

          Thanks for this lens!

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          Iain84 5 years ago

          personally i cannot stand opera. firefox processes websites in the same way as IE but seems to do it more efficiently

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          have been using firefox for about 7yrs and it has been great till now... it struggles with flash videos, it is very slow and buggy. I would go chrome but don't like it either... so I have been using Opera now and until firefox brings back a lightweight edition... OPERA it is.

          I even transferred all my bookmarks which means I am dead serious about this haha../

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          Kirilov 6 years ago

          Just take a look at the results from various hacking contest and you will definitely switch from Opera to Firefox. Thanks.

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          sahilwaste 6 years ago

          lovely idea.. i like this lens... very informative... especially links in Browser Market Share for 2011 module... keep it up...

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I was so disgusted with explorer crashing all the time that I finally switched to firefox. Now it crashes more than explorer ever did. I don't know what to do as explorer will no longer stay open for more than a few minutes on my computer. I have a PC and honestly, if it weren't for work, I'd switch to a MAC tomorrow.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          FF > Opera... Chrome > FF

          Any browser > IE

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @carny: dont be surprised if it over takes within the next 10 years coz now microsoft has to give users the choice :)

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I used FF for years but it finally became WAY too buggy in 2011 - taking over 60% of my CPU on one simple web page was the last straw but was driving me nuts for months locking up the taskbar and kept failing with ESET NOD32 AV and took so much memory adn didn't release it even when I closed all the tabs down. Good features, way too buggy code.

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          Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

          I've never used Opera but I've been using Firefox for years and am very resistant to change.

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          dannystaple 7 years ago

          I've been a Firefox user for a long time, but have started to play with Opera, with Unite, Turbo and Link its rather fantastic, although for Squidoo it lacks the tooling from Squidutils and similar.

          I've my own Lens on Firefox at http://www.squidoo.com/mozilla-firefox-tips.

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          Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

          I like them both. :) Anything but IE!

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          myraggededge 7 years ago

          IE is the pits. I wouldn't even know how to use it nowadays. Firefox is my default but I would refer to use Opera but I depend on such things as Roboform and yes, I know there is a little ap to use it in Opera but it's not nice. Opera by choice, Firefox out of necessity!

          Blessed :-)

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          Delia 7 years ago

          nice informative lens!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Nice to see that opera is crushing firefox!

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          carny 7 years ago

          It's very nice that Firefox is catching up to IE, although it will probably take a while to overtake it :)