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Opera Mini 5 for iPhone

Post  C14ru5 on Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:51 pm

Since I live across the street from Opera Software's main offices, I got really excited when I heard that their Opera Mini browser might be available for the iPhone. Up to 6 times faster load times on large pages, up to 90% less data transfer? Bring it on. Only question that remains for me is how much of web scripts, etc. that will be rendered properly.

I did use Opera as my main browser on My mac a couple of years ago, but lately its become so large and full of features that it's outgrown my needs. Now I make do with Safari, and Firefox whenever Safari fails. However, the Opera Mini browser must not be confused with the main version of Opera, nor with the Opera Mobile available for Windows Mobile. It's much faster, but it also has less supported features. I think it'll be great to have for the iPhone. What do you think?

EDIT: Demonstration video, complete with politically correct promotion speak:


I'm guessing the speed difference is significantly smaller on 3G and faster networks, but then 2G gives you better battery life.
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Post  djpimley on Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:55 pm

Very impressive, not just the speed but also the interface. Looks like they might have beat Apple at the UI game on Apple's home turf. cyclops
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Post  leoantix on Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:09 pm

finally got a supported version running on my bb storm and hands down it is the fastest mobile web browser on any phone so far that i have seen. its just simply amazing how fast it loads ... only one quirk with my touchscreen it thinks my hovered actions are clicks ... there is always a price for free Laughing

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Re: Opera Mini 5 for iPhone

Post  Valentin K on Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:20 pm

Just loaded it off the App Store. Going to try it right now! Very Happy
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Post  alphonse on Thu Apr 15, 2010 1:17 pm

As much as i like the speed and usability of opera on the iphone...

... they get the websites on their servers, pack them and send them to you.
big brother is watching you - and i can not yet life with it.

am i wrong?

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Post  djpimley on Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:26 pm

alphonse wrote:big brother is watching you - and i can not yet life with it.
Big Brother doesn't live in Norway, I can assure you of that. You should read up on Google Analytics; if you don't like the idea of giving up your privacy to Opera then Google Analytics will make your head will spin so much, you'll never use the web again. Twisted Evil
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Re: Opera Mini 5 for iPhone

Post  Valentin K on Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:47 am

Well, as a first verdict from my end... The concept and low file size (only 1004 kb!) are pretty nice, but it still has quite a few teething problems.
For instance, zooming in doesn't work very well on my end (the browser keeps mistaking it for scrolling for most of the time), and some settings are seriously difficult and a little annoying to control, eg removing favorites. If you don't take your finger off the symbol at exactly the right time you will see the menu for a short moment - and then Opera will open the website. Mad

For the moment Safari will remain my browser of choice on the iPod, but I'm hoping for a bug fix. Wink
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