---- Opera 10.5beta Released - Back on Top as Fastest Browser
kaled - 5:48 pm on Feb 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
I will agree though, that the UI is different to the rest of the mainstream browsers, is that a bad thing? I'm not sure. It does take a little bit of time to get used to.
Yes it is a bad thing if you are trying to attract new users. As an absolute minimum, Opera need to provide the features people are used to in a package they can readily access without having to go hunting for ways to customise it. For instance, Firefox provides a drop-down history button by default and understands right-clicks on the forward and back buttons but Opera does neither. Sure, you can customise the toolbar but it's the default setup that counts when you are trying to attract new users, most whom won't look for customisations if they don't see the features they are used to in the default setup of other browsers.
Also, the option to not display the tab-bar at all would be nice if there is only one tab open. I have always used this option in Firefox. Firefox has many faults, but I would not list appearance as one of them. Opera could do a lot worse than copy the appearance Firefox fairly closely - in fact, they have done a lot worse!
On my toolbar I have Closed Tabs, drop-Back, drop-Forward, Reload and Home. Aesthetically, it would be nice if the Closed Tabs button was the same size as the others too!