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MWC 2010 : Opera Mini on iPhone

on February 20, 2010 – 3:50 am6 Comments

We got a chance to play with the Opera Mini App for the iPhone during MWC 2010. Here is our take on the app after using it for a short duration.

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The first thing we noticed about the app is that the UI is pretty much the same as Opera Mini on other Touchscreen phones. There is the famous speed dial which lets you bookmark your 9 favourite websites.There is also Bookmark syncing and Password management in place.

Opera Mini on iPhone is Fast

What was amazing was the speed in which the pages loaded over the excruciatingly slow Wi-Fi connection. Most websites loaded 4-5 times faster on Opera Mini when compared to Safari. You can also choose to turn-off images to improve speed.  This app uses the well known Opera compression technology to remotely download webpages before sending the information to the phone. This means that you will save a lot of money paid for data charges unless you are on a unlimited browsing plan. This might also bring some good news to Operators in markets suffering from iPhone browsing explosion.

If you have used Opera Mini on any other device , Opera Mini for iPhone will look pretty much the same as there are no iPhone specific UI changes. There is no pinch zooming but only double tap like in other versions of Opera Mini. You can switch between multiple tabs using the tab preview at the bottom of the screen.One cool thing about the app is that it saves the exact state of the browsing session even after exiting the app. This will be pretty useful if you forget to bookmark something .

Opera told us that Opera Mini is not a complete browser for the iPhone. It does not load Javascript on web pages.  According to them , Opera mini is aimed at providing a really fast browsing experience and if you need a complete browsing experience on the iPhone they recommend Safari.Opera feels that users deserve a choice when it comes to browsing on the iPhone.

Now the million dollar question is whether Apple will approve Opera Mini on the App Store?

While Opera argues that Opera Mini is not aimed at being a replacement for Safari,  Apple has rejected several apps from the App-store for interfering with the core iPhone functionality. But as Opera mini can be seen as more like a service rather than a complete browser, they have strong point. Opera aims to submit the App to Apple once it’s ready. It’s currently in beta and you can’t download it anywhere .

We just hope Apple approves Opera Mini for the iPhone !

Opera did not let anyone take photographs or videos of the app on the iPhone. All we have is the screenshot above.

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Varun Krish is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast and has been blogging about mobile phones since 2005. His current phones include the Nokia Lumia 1020 , Apple iPhone 5S & Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition. You can follow him on Twitter @varunkrish and on Google+ You can also mail Varun Krish

  • wrrp

    Opera told us that Opera Mini is not a complete browser for the iPhone. It does not load Javascript on web pages. According to them , Opera mini is aimed at providing a really fast browsing experience and if you need a complete browsing experience on the iPhone they recommend Safari.

    This is actually not true.

    Opera Mini does support JavaScript. It’s just that it’s handled on the server and not on the phone.

    It should work just fine with most sites.

  • http://lemonlemon-pie.blogspot.com/ iCakes

    Saving bandwidth is good, but I would also like to see one that can support flash!

    • http://www.fonearena.com Varun Krish

      If you need flash , you can try Skyfire

  • Aman Dutt

    If you ask any consumer he/she will be desperate to see a choice for web browsing on I-Phone/I-Phone Touch and what better then having fast and crispy opera-mini browser.
    From screen shots, I’m expecting opera-mini to be as useful as on other hand-held devices. Plus if it can be four-five times faster as compared to Safari, than absolutely no second thoughts for embracing it.

    I’m personally not a big fan of safari (leave apart Apple) so I’ll be amongst front runners for using this browser if Apple Inc. approves it & includes it on App store.

  • http://www.iphone-tips-and-advice.com/ hail

    Is Opera for iPhone available in Cydia or other places, since Apple rejected it?

    • http://www.fonearena.com Varun Krish

      Apple has not rejected it . Infact Opera has not submitted the app to Apple for approval. It’s not available anywhere