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Topic # 59851 13-Apr-2010 16:33
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So, from today Opera Mini browser is available for iPhone. Did you try it out? How are you finding it than the default iPhone browser Safari?

For me, I like Safari. I am not seeing much value being added 'to the browsing' by Opera Mini (unless you want to open a desktop version of a web site). Opera Mini is also not rendering the web sites in iPhone mode, instead just the mobile mode. So, you will find web site different browsing in Safari and Opera Mini - For example. and - both render in iPhone mode in Safari, but not in Opera Mini.

So, what are your thoughts? 


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  Reply # 317913 13-Apr-2010 16:50
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personally i like the tabs.. i know in safari you can have multiple pages, but find that switching between tabs quicker and easier.

I really enjoyed using Opera Mobile (Java) version on my LG mobile, but being Java based was very limiting.

I do really like this very of Opera though.. very nicely done. It has a nice setup, and renders pretty well.. Its a change to Safari, if you aren't much of a fan

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  Reply # 317916 13-Apr-2010 17:03
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The whole pinch dynamic is a bit messed up. But I do like the tabs. Will keep on trying it I guess and see which wins me over.

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  Reply # 317976 13-Apr-2010 18:49
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It's good news. I'm amazed that Apple the control freaks that they are allowed it..



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  Reply # 318047 13-Apr-2010 21:13
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Great Apple approved it!
I just tried it out - the scrolling isn't as smooth as all other iPhone apps as I guess they don't use the built-in Apple scrolling functionality. On WiFi, actually loaded faster on Safari compared to Opera Mini!

Personally I will keep using Safari on my iPhone.

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Reply # 318069 13-Apr-2010 21:26
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old3eyes: It's good news. I'm amazed that Apple the control freaks that they are allowed it..

I just about fell off my Chair when I saw it was approved next thing we will have Multi tasking on the iphone

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  Reply # 318074 13-Apr-2010 21:30
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I was also surprised that Apple approved it, good on them.

Wish they were bringing real multitasking though, where apps run actively in the background (like they do on my HD2, and did on my S60 handsets), I have quite a few use cases where I need it...

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  Reply # 318189 14-Apr-2010 08:55
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  Reply # 318193 14-Apr-2010 09:06
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I'm just about to download it from the app store, so I'll see how I feel about it.
Personally quite like Safarai, having come from S60 browsers, but was using S60 version of Opera mini on my 5800 so will be interesting to see how it compares.

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  Reply # 319325 16-Apr-2010 12:22
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It is faster on the majority of pages than safari. However the zoom, scale and lack of auto correct is a pain.

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  Reply # 319329 16-Apr-2010 12:36
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iPhonewzealand's review test and analysis of Opera Mini for iPhone.

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  Reply # 319332 16-Apr-2010 12:47
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"Opera Software's internet browser for Apple's iPhone was downloaded more than one million times during the first day when it was available to consumers." - Stuff


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Reply # 319335 16-Apr-2010 12:59
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downloaded it...not impressed with the scrolling and pinch (it goes crazy)

the new tab function is good though and easy to use

so back to safari

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  Reply # 322469 24-Apr-2010 20:37
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It does have a few pluses if you're on a prepay plan. You can save data by changing the settings so that only low or medium resolution images are loaded (the pages first travel through Opera's servers where they are compressed), or no images at all. Also, the 'back' button reflects what happens on Opera's desktop browser, in that it jumps back a page without reloading it - more data savings.

I, too, think the zoom sucks a bit with no pinch. The quickdial first page and the tabs are nice.

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  Reply # 322496 24-Apr-2010 22:30
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I personally don't thik Opera Mini for iPhone is that great at all... in fact I dislike it... :-/

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  Reply # 322576 25-Apr-2010 09:52
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chiefie: I personally don't thik Opera Mini for iPhone is that great at all... in fact I dislike it... :-/

I couldn't agree more. I don't know what everyone is raving about, because simply out: It sucks.

Even the whole tab thing doesn't appeal to me. Im perfectly fine with Safari.

Opera has a LONG way before it even comes remotely close to being my normal browser on the iPhone.

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