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Turbo Mode is one Opera 10's most popular features. In just a month, 3 million people used the new feature, which is also utilized to speed up Opera's mobile browsers for smart phones.  (Source: Opera)
New feature is popular among users in a variety of scenarios

While Firefox and Internet Explorer earn most of the news and publicity, smaller browsers like Google Chrome and Opera are quietly earning more marketshare.  Norwegian-based Opera recently debuted a new browser, Opera 10, which brought improved speed compatibility, and some innovative built-in features.

Among the most popular of the new browser's features is Opera Turbo.  The feature uses server-side compression to deliver webpages faster on slow connections.  It can compress webpages 3 to 4 times, reducing transfer size by up to 80 percent in some cases.  Turbo is located in the lower left-hand corner of Opera 10 and is turned on with a click.

In the first month after Opera 10's release, Opera reports that almost 3 million users worldwide tried the new feature.  They used it to view 668 million compressed Web pages, numbers that indicate that the feature is gaining significant traction.

Users cited a variety of reasons for using the feature.  Some users, forced to use slower connections like dialup or slower DSL conections, used the Turbo mode to help make navigating these slow lines less of a headache.  Other customers who used mobile internet cards or other metered/pay-as-you-go plans turned on Turbo to reduce their data transfer and lower their monthly bills or prevent overages.

Looking forward, Opera is providing support for AT&T's fall smart phone browser lineup (other than the iPhone).  The new "" features Opera Mini, Opera's popular smart phone browser.  DailyTech recently took Opera Mini 5 for a test drive on the Blackberry Storm, and found the latest version to be vastly improved, and much faster than the native browser.  Opera's mobile browsers use many of the same compression techniques that power its PC Turbo Mode.

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By ChristopherO on 10/24/2009 4:11:43 PM , Rating: 2
Some users, forced to use slower connections like dialup or DSL

DSL slow? I know my 6MB isn't like drinking from Stanly Spadowski's fire hose (name that movie!) but slow? Maybe the author was getting confused with the 6 people in the US still using iDSL.

RE: Slow?
By ipay on 10/24/2009 4:23:39 PM , Rating: 5
In South Africa, the fastest DSL connection you get is 4Mbps and mine runs at a measly 384Kbps (and I probably pay more for my line than you do for your 6Mbps one).

Yay for government telecommunications monopoly.

RE: Slow?
By halcyon on 10/24/09, Rating: -1
RE: Slow?
By n00bxqb on 10/24/2009 4:29:57 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not sure if it has been edited since you quoted, but I'm seeing:

"Some users, forced to use slower connections like dialup or slower DSL conections ..."

In my area, many users have "High-Speed Lite" Cable or DSL, which is 128-256 kbps because they're too cheap, can't afford, or simply don't use the internet enough to justify a real high-speed connection.

Most of the articles I've found through Google state that somewhere between 10-15% of Americans still use Dial-Up, BTW.

RE: Slow?
By n00bxqb on 10/24/2009 4:33:09 PM , Rating: 2
Also wanted to add that Opera is awesome. It makes almost everything I do faster and, for the few pages that don't work in Opera, right-click > Open With ... > Firefox/Internet Explorer.

RE: Slow?
By Sunrise089 on 10/25/09, Rating: 0
RE: Slow?
By dark matter on 10/25/2009 8:57:06 AM , Rating: 1
Erm Sunrise, you are aware that Opera 10 is the only ACID compliant browser on the market? No doubt you have no idea what I am talking about.

But, thanks for the chuckle I don't usually laugh at the ignorant.

RE: Slow?
By alphadog on 10/25/2009 10:12:37 AM , Rating: 5
I love how some people latch on to useless marketing blurbs to say their browser is bigger than another's.

Firefox is 93/100 compliant. So, I don't have SVG fonts. Whoopedeedoo. At least they focus on relevant features.

Most real websites use frameworks to build sites that degrade gracefully over the multiple browser makes, models and versions that are out there.

Full ACID3 compliance is nice, but the remaining 7 points are just for fanboy bragging rights.

RE: Slow?
By photi on 10/25/2009 9:16:38 AM , Rating: 2
clearly you have never used opera. you should try it out, it is a damn fine browser for web users and web developers alike (developers see Dragonfly on the Opera website). I have used IE, Firefox, Safari, Flock, Konqueror, and Opera. Opera easily takes the cake home. Quite feature rich.

RE: Slow?
By photi on 10/25/2009 9:19:07 AM , Rating: 2
i forgot to mention chrome, i have also used chrome, it is my 2nd favorite after opera

RE: Slow?
By Zoomer on 10/26/2009 5:33:08 PM , Rating: 2
Well, Chrome is just KHTML/Webkit anyway.

RE: Slow?
By jonmcc33 on 10/26/2009 8:44:48 AM , Rating: 2
Most of the articles I've found through Google state that somewhere between 10-15% of Americans still use Dial-Up, BTW.

Because a lot of them still live out in BFE that doesn't get broadband or they are older and don't really want to change their ISP (including their e-mail address).

RE: Slow?
By foolsgambit11 on 10/24/2009 8:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
UHF. I was just describing a Twinkie Weiner Sandwich to a friend of mine yesterday, in fact.

RE: Slow?
By johnsonx on 10/24/2009 10:56:09 PM , Rating: 2
I have several customers who can't get any DSL faster than 384k. Their only choices for something faster is several hundred $ per month for wireless or a fractional T-1, and even then it wouldn't be all that much faster. Don't go thinking that everyone gets 6mbps+ service just for the asking.

It's kind of counter-intuitive too: right in the middle of orange county, califonia, the best DSL speed I can get is 3mbps no matter how much money I offer. At my vacation home on a lake near a small town in north-western Minnesota, they've got fiber running right into the house. They offer up to 50mbps less than $100 per month. (I only got 3mpbs there as that's all I need while on vacation)

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