Love surfing the Internet on your phone? Opera Mini 5.1 just came out of beta! Opera Mini is completely free and offers a better Internet experience than most built-in web apps. Let’s look at some of its features and reasons why it’s the most popular mobile Internet browser.
Page Loading is Fast and Smooth
The new Opera Mini is designed to open pages faster than ever. Opera can load pages that are both optimized for a mobile device and not optimized for a mobile device. Rendering speeds vary and depend mostly on your device. But Opera will make sure to take up enough memory to make your browsing smoother, yet making sure not bog down your entire system – you have to use your multitasking, after all.
Available for Symbian, Android, iOS and Windows Mobile
Yes. Opera Mini is available for nearly all mobile operating systems and even works with phone models running a custom OS by the device manufacturer. Surely, no matter what phone you have there will always be an Opera Mini tailored to your hardware requirements.
QWERTY Keyboard in both Portrait and Landscape mode
The QWERTY keyboard works nicely. Even in portrait mode the keyboard is easy to use and gives you a very accurate response. I only have one problem with the built-in keyboard. When pressing the period button (.) on the landscape QWERTY, for some reason most of the time it ends up writing a “b” which can “b” a real pain. As for the non-touch phones – you will be just fine using your numeric keypad to type, or you can optionally connect a wireless Bluetooth keyboard.
Speed Dial, just like Opera for PC
Just like with Opera on your computer, you can add Speed Dial pages. Speed dial allows you to access your favorite pages with just one click. Instead of using text, Opera generates small thumbnails of the web pages so you can easily spot the one you want to open. Again, this works both in portrait and landscape mode (as long as you have an accelerometer built-in your mobile device.)
Flash support for YouTube Videos and Flash Games
Opera Mini has supported Flash since early releases. Even if it’s not a new feature, it is good to point out that you no longer need additional or native YouTube applications, patches, or add-ons to run your Flash elements. It’s all built-in to the browser. Apple has still blocked Flash so despite every other Opera-capable system being able to run Flash, on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch you’ll have to, of course, go without it.
Double Tap or Pinch to Zoom
Multi-touch support is now finally added to Opera! Now all users with a multi-touch touch screen can pinch to zoom, just like in their built-in browser. The zoom is fast and pages are rendered to fit the screen almost immediately (below – full-page and zoomed page.)
iOS users may notice that the pinch and zoom functionality isn’t as nice as Safari, but at least it’s possible.
As with other browsers, you can have multiple pages open at the same time – aka tabbed browsing – even while they are loading. For example, if you’re loading a heavier page you may want to do something else while waiting, like check your E-mail. So that’s where multi-tabbed browsing comes in handy.
Lots of Features and Settings
No need for compliments, let’s just make a list of the few things you’re getting with Opera Mini:
- Switching between Mobile View and Full View (similar to on a computer)
- Opera Turbo
- Image Quality settings that help you reduce bandwidth costs on 3G and 3.5G networks
- Password management
- Cookie management
- Saved pages
In short, you will have all of the features you could ever need and more. These features make the browser extremely versatile; it can match anyone’s needs.
Opera Mini 5.1 features faster web browsing, and pinch to zoom. It is ideal for both work and entertainment. All of its features should be enough to satisfy any mobile enthusiast and regular 3G user. The best part is you have nothing to lose – the app is completely free. Even if you don’t like it (very unlikely to happen) you can easily remove it from your phone.