When comparing Safari vs Opera Neon, the Slant community recommends Safari for most people. In the question“What are the best desktop web browsers?” Safari is ranked 25th while Opera Neon is ranked 32nd. The most important reason people chose Safari is:
The rendering of the pages and the browser compatibility with OSX works smoothly, when compared to other browsers. Also you get very high battery life with Safari, when compared to [Chrome](http://blog.getbatterybox.com/which-browser-is-the-most-energy-efficient-chrome-vs-safari-vs-firefox/).
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Pro Works elegantly in OSX
The rendering of the pages and the browser compatibility with OSX works smoothly, when compared to other browsers. Also you get very high battery life with Safari, when compared to Chrome.
Pro iCloud syncing
Tabs, passwords, bookmarks and, history all sync across devices.
Pro Extremely fast
Pro Sleek design
– No distraction stuff like favicons in tabs, all that borders, bevels and embosses in panels like in other browsers, no ugly shaped tabs.
– Neat adress bar.
– Good looking start “show all tabs” screen.
Pro Safari uses Webkit, a great open source web engine
Webkit is very light compared to Blink, renders web pages at an incredible speed, great CSS support and is also constantly evolving.
Pro Futuristic interface
Opera Neon innovates with its clean aesthetic pleasing interface.
While Safari er is currently available gratis (without monetary charge) on Mac OS X, it is currently not libre (meaning that it does not allow users to view the source code used to create, to modify that code, or to redistribute modifications) and is therefore neither free nor open-source software.
Con OSX only
Apple dropped Windows support after Safari 5.
Con Poor support for new web technologies
Safari usually takes its time when it comes to adopting new and useful web technologies meaning that the user gets an inferior experience compared to other modern browsers.
Con Terrible support for open source formats like .VP9 or .ogg
Apple does not support open source formats. Instead, they use H.264 and H.265.
Con Outdated Rendering engine
All other browsers and toolkits (Qt/GTK) have shifted to Googles Blink-fork of KHTML/Webkit so Apple is currently the only main contributor left.
Con Never Updated
The Opera folks came out with a browser I loved as an experiment - and then they essentially abandoned it. It really was great, but since they never planned to support/update it and it's closed-source, I can't recommend it.
Con Not meant for general use
This browser is not meant for general use. It only exists, because the Opera developers had some ideas for the user-interface, and wanted their users' feedback. If you want a browser that you can use day-to-day, something with bookmarks and security updates, look elsewhere.
Con Bad UX
The usability is not the best since the left and right bar take up space and there is no way to resize them.