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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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RE: Turbo Mode?
By Jason H on 10/24/2009 6:03:22 PM , Rating: 5
It applies heavy JPEG compression to all images, significantly reducing their quality.

RE: Turbo Mode?
By Alexstarfire on 10/24/2009 6:23:20 PM , Rating: 3
Yep. AdBlock and NoScript generally get rid of all the crap that you don't want to look at. Though, if caps and slow speeds are the problem then just turning off images all together is probably your best bet. Just turn on the ones you want to see, even if it will be a guess most of the time.

I can say that where Firefox isn't available that this is a good option, like mobile phones.

RE: Turbo Mode?
By StevoLincolnite on 10/24/2009 10:04:04 PM , Rating: 3
Dial-up ISP's have been bundling server side proxy based compression techniques with dial-up plans here for years, works rather well, generally you can right click on the image and see the non-compressed version. (Varies from ISP).

Web browsing speed on dial-up was pretty comparable to a low-end 512k DSL connection of yore, basically giving Dial-up extra life, and especially helpful to those who live out in the sticks.

RE: Turbo Mode?
By icanhascpu on 10/26/2009 11:06:40 PM , Rating: 1
Im on dialup and ive tried the compression stuff.

1. Its bearly faster unless the page is filled with 100% quality jpgs, and then there is a nice boost at the loss of image quality.
2. Its nowhere fucking near even 512k DSL.
3. See #2
4. You cannot compress lag. DLS even slow connections youre going to see about 100ping while on dialup it will be more to the tune of 500, now multiply that by every item on the page and its a huge difference with that alone.

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