Washington Post writer and Firefox user Rob Pegoraro has published a rather negative review of Opera 8.0. It is already being discussed in the forums, and there are quite a few contradictions and other weaknesses in the review. For example, Opera offers a lot of features "out of the box" that are only available as extensions in Firefox. And even then, Firefox cannot match the way Opera integrates all these features for greater efficiency.
He also doesn't seem to like the way Opera offers features, but doesn't force you to use them. Some people like to cascade and tile their pages, and user mode can be useful in a variety of situations. But if you don't like these features, you don't have to use them either.
When Rob gives Firefox credit for Opera's security information widget in the address bar, it does indicate that perhaps more research should have gone into the review. And when he first praises tabbed browsing for keeping the Windows task bar free of clutter, but then criticizes Opera for not keeping the task bar free of clutter when popup windows are opened, it seems that a small contradiction has found its way into the article.
Overall, it is an interesting review, but suffers from a few contradictions and strange comments. In his review of Firefox he seems to defend it when pages don't work in Firefox, but no explanations are offered when he mentions sites that don't work in Opera. It is simply a weakness, full stop. (The fact is that the Nextel site actually works fine in Opera if you add "nextel.com=4" to your ua.ini. This makes Opera report as Mozilla to the server, and the server then sends Opera working code, as opposed to the broken code Opera receives when it reports as itself.)
It will be interesting to see if Rob revisits Opera again in the future, and maybe then with a little less bias. As a self-proclaimed Firefox user, it is entirely possible that his view of Opera is coloured by his browser of choice, but one needs to remember that just because something is different doesn't mean that it's bad.