I just upgraded to Opera 9.5. Wow is it fast now. It was never slow relative to Internet Explorer. Firefox seemed to load some things faster then Opera and not others. Now though, the pages seem to pop open. I can really tell on this site, because it's hosted on an extremely inexpensive server. So I'm poor. What can I say?
Anyway, I was at first put off by all the stars where all my favicons were on bookmarks and my personal toolbar, but they show up again as one revisits sites. Actually, it will remind me of some of the sites I haven't been to in a long, long time.
Another thing I just noticed was that the CPU (actually OS, that's operating system) load was much lower as Opera went out and fetched my feeds. I use Opera as my feed reader. It's very convenient that way. Normally, or before the upgrade, I'd notice a real bogging-down of the operating system while Opera was busy checking all the feeds.
Well, that's just an instant impression.
I've been an Opera user since I first heard of it way back when. It was the browser that brought us tabs and a number of other features. I'm just really familiar and comfortable with the features so much that I just can't see learning all the Firefox commands. There are many interesting plugins for Firefox though and I do test the site with it.
It's too bad that those who develop some of the toolbars for Firefox don't make them compatible with Opera too.
I sure hope this trend with Opera 9.5 continues as I keep using its different features and surf around.