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Is Vivaldi Better than Chrome?

Is Vivaldi Better than Chrome?

Internet browsers are like pairs of shoes.  They can feel awkward when you first try them, but once you get used to them and wear them in, you can’t imagine using anything else.

For a long time, the browser market has been dominated by the likes of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge (successor to the now defunct but very popular Internet Explorer).

We were guilty of being fairly focussed on these big names in our review of the best browsers back in 2015, so we thought it fair to revisit the subject of internet browsers and shove the limelight one something a little bit different.

The Vivaldi Browser

Opera Software have been in the browsers business for over twenty years, first releasing self-titled browser Opera back in 1995.

Opera, whilst having some pretty unique features, such as a built-in ad blocker, is pretty much an outsider in the battle of the browsers – with just 4.1% share of the market.

Despite their best efforts, the team behind the Opera browser lost faith in their baby back in January 2015. They decided then was the time to go back to the drawing board and start again with a new browser.  This new browser is Vivaldi.

Like so many modern browsers, at its core is Chromium – Google’s open-source browser framework that was used to develop Chrome. Having such a solid base to work on means that despite being in its embrionic stages, Vivaldi is capable of relatively high levels of performance.

Features of Vivaldi

So what’s this new browser like?

Well firstly, it’s quick. The developers of Vivaldi say themselves ‘The idea was to make a really fast browser’.

Speedy Browsing

The default ‘start’ landing page when you open the browser includes everything you’d expect; bookmarks, history.  There is a quirk though – it also includes something called ‘Speed Dial’.

This essentially allows you to group shortcuts to pages.  This way, you can load these groups of pages in one click. So, if there’s a group of pages you use for social networking, or paying bills, or for work, you can load them all at once.

The ‘Fast Forward’ and ‘Rewind’ features are also pretty nice – allowing you to you quickly jump forwards or backwards in a sequence of pages – search results, for example. This saves you from having to click around.

So on the speed front, it’s impressive. Vivaldi provides unique options for you to make your browsing experience quicker. And that’s the objective, right?

Extra functionality

Aside from speed, Vivladi does have a few other tricks up its sleeve.

Its side panel has a few cool features, too.

For example, if you’re using the web for research, then you can use the side panel to make notes, which can include text, images and links.  These are saved automatically and are linked to the website you’re on, so you can easily use them again.

You can also plug social media feeds into the side panel, so that they’re always visible if you want them to be.  Even web chats and sports updates can be placed there.

You can also ‘stack’ tabs within the sidebar, so when you’ve got too much open and can’t find a tab, you can group them by website to make things simpler.

Is Vivaldi Better than Chrome?

Vivaldi uses the same framework, so they’re not too dissimilar – but there are plenty of unique features in Vivaldi that make surfing the web simpler and faster.

The big benefit to Vivaldi though, if you normally use Chrome, is that all the browser extensions available on Chrome are also available for Vivaldi. Plus, you’re able to import all your bookmarks and personal information too.

The only snag is that there’s not yet a mobile version.  So, if you want to sync bookmarks and history between your phone and your PC, you’ll need to continue using Chrome for now.

Changing Browser?

If speed alone is the reason you’re considering switching to another browser, then proceed with caution as there may be other issues holding back your speed.

If you use a multitude of extensions, for example, there’s a good chance than one or more of them is hogging resources and slowing you down.  Follow our guide to finding the responsible add-ons.

The speed issue could also be much more deep-rooted.  See our guides for troubleshooting internet speed and boosting WiFi signal for more information.

If your business relies on speedy internet access and browsing for its operations and you’re struggling to get up to speed, we can provide further help.  Simply contact us or call on 0208 232 1190.