Jun 1, 2006

Opera Mini 2.0

Opera Mini™ for Mobile:
Opera Mini™ is a fast and tiny Web browser, that allows you to access the full Internet on your phone. ... The new version further improves the browsing experience by enabling download of images, MP3s, etc directly to your phone.

I've had previous version of OperaMini running on my Nokia 6230 phone and pretty much always preferred it to the stock Nokia browser. The only drawback was when accessing operator-enabled resources that did not like Opera, but in every other instance it was far superior to the default web browser.

For one thing, it uses screen much better, even a tiny one like mine. On my wife's 7650 it almost real thing! It has much better layout capabilities, supports enough JavaScript that you can access your Gmail account (although you should probably think twice before doing so -- it does not support HTTPS). And as a quote above says — you can even download media (images, MP#s, etc.) onto your phone!

First experience after upgrading — it definitely feels much faster. Opera states that:

Opera Mini uses a remote server to pre-process Web pages before sending them to your phone. Web content is optimized for your device, ensuring fast browsing and a great user experience. ... Opera Mini recognizes your phone and optimizes Web pages accordingly to provide faster browsing. link

This is quite impressive, and what is more important — it works. Web sites, though cramped into a tiny screen, “degraded” very gracefully in most of my tests — they were pretty much unrolled, following the structure and preserving styles as much as it was possible (i.e. if CSS called for leaving a 150px margin, that was not honored, while colors, pictures, fonts, etc. certainly was).

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