Opera Mini is a browser alternative for your iOS device that offers data-saving compression features that you can turn on and off as you see fit. These features are designed to help improve loading speeds when you're not on Wi-Fi while also keeping you from incurring data overage charges.
Mode options: When it comes to the type of page compression you like, you have some options with Opera Mini. For regular connections, the Opera Turbo is your best bet, because it maximizes both loading speed and data savings to provide a smooth overall performance. If you're on a particularly slow connection, the Opera Mini setting is a good option because, while it can cause some pages and images to load improperly, it offers a better operating speed than you'd otherwise get. And if your connection is good, just turn off all data-saving features for optimal speed and performance.
Clean interface: This app has a clean look and an intuitive interface. There are no surprises with this browser, and it's not hard to find all of your favorite features with a little poking around.
Text size: There is no way to adjust text size when using this app, which may be more of a problem for some users than others. But it would be a nice addition and a much better alternative to zooming in and scrolling or copy and pasting items into another program to read them.
Page display: As noted, Opera Mini can cause some pages and images to load improperly.
If you're looking for an alternative to Safari or whatever browser you're currently using on your iOS device, this is a good one to try. It's completely free, and it offers the added benefit of data-saving options that can actually end up saving you money in the long term.
From Opera Software:
Opera Mini, one of the fastest web browsers made for your iPhone and iPad, now has a built-in ad blocker. It also saves data, syncs your bookmarks and Speed Dials across devices, and gives you fast, easy access to your favorites.Your Apple device is awesome. It keeps you connected to the people and content you love, wherever you go. But, you know whats not awesome? Big, fat data bills. Also, ads. Bills and ads. Boo. What can you do? Install Opera Mini. Opera Mini blocks ads and crunches down the size of the websites you visit. It compresses images, video and text, making sites lighter and faster. More cat videos and life hacks for you, less data on your monthly bill.* Faster browsing - Choose from search results that appear as you type; quickly access previously visited pages.* Block ads - Save your screen space for the content you want to see and speed up browsing.* Data savings - Reduce mobile data usage by up to 90%.* Unlimited tabs - Open and view as many tabs as youd like.* Privacy - Use private tabs to browse incognito without leaving a trace on your device.* Smart night mode - Bye-bye, sore eyes. Night mode lets you read more comfortably in the dark.* Video boost - Turn it on to save tons of data on video. Pro tip: Video boost also reduces buffering.* Home screen search - Use your device's Spotlight Search to access your Speed Dial entries. Just drag down on your home screen and start typing.More than 250 million people depend on Opera Mini to help them browse more content, faster, even on congested and sluggish networks. Install it. Try it. Love it.
What's new in this version:
- Added ad blocker- Bug fixes and performance improvements
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- Nice look
- Web sites aren't blocked by school blockers
- Speedier than safari
- Doesn't play videos
- No multi-touch
- No tilt lock
Opera for the iPhone delivers speed. It gives a few pros over the defualt Safari browser but is lacking video support and multi-touch, which other browsers on the iPhone most have. Can't wait to see whats on the next update of Opera Mini.
No real world speed advantage, problems viewing Web sites, finicky to operate
I can see there is an emerging consensus here, that this browser is a worthless piece of software. Please let me add my signature!
First, this Opera Mini does not feel any faster than Safari (3G or WiFi). Second, it (almost) never displays Web pages correctly; most are rendered as a mess. Third, I just can't figure out how to operate the darn thing. I want to scroll - it zooms in, I want to hit a link - it zooms out, and so on and so forth...
Opera Mini is said to come preloaded on many cell phones. Poor fellas (ones using those phones to browse the Web)!
Speed Dial style bookmarks, fast loading pages; noticeably faster than Safari on 3G, Edge, and WIFI.
The zoom functionality isn't nearly as intuitive as Safari so it feels like a step back. Viewing web pages in Opera Mini isn't very fluid. Browser feels very clunky.
If you're anti-Safari and want a good browser, this may be your best choice; but if you're used to the way Safari works and are excited about a faster browser, actually using the browser itself may slow you down. I kept it as a backup browser, but I'm not sure when I would use it.. oh and I should also note, I'm running 4.0 beta, so that could possibly have an effect on Opera's performance.
The tab interface is nice as is the bookmark dialer, competition is a good thing, theoretically faster in EDGE
So final thoughts not a horrible first try, but too many areas were Safari comes out on top, if I lived in an area with poor 3G coverage the scales might tip in a different direction, but for me it is just not good enough.