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Opera Mini

CNET Editors' note: The "Download Now" link takes you to Opera's download page for Mini, where you can access specific download files for your Android smartphone. You can also download Opera Mini from the Android Market.

CNET Editors' review

Opera Mini Browser is everything you'd expect from a browser with the Opera name, even in spite of some hit-or-miss features. It can run neck and neck with the other popular browsers in the Google Play store in terms of speed and performance. If you're still stuck on Android's default browser, give this interesting app a shot.

This is a version of Opera's full browser that has been shrunk down to look good on smartphones and tablets. Opera Mini Browser seems designed for the phone's Portrait mode, which means it will look a little cramped and require extra scrolling on smaller phones. Regardless of the size of your mobile gadget, you'll find tabbed browsing, speed dial, and bookmarks, which all work just as well as they would on a full version of Opera. You can even access Opera's exclusive sync feature to share bookmarks and pages from multiple instances of the browser. If you choose to log in with social networks, the app will let you get and share recommended pages, too. While you can do a lot to change this browser's layout, you can't access a night mode to save battery and eye strain. As far as speed, Opera loaded pages just as quickly as other browsers.

While you might not like the longer page view for all of your browsing, some people will really enjoy it. Either way, Opera Mini Browser is a loaded browser that is worthy of serious acclaim. While it may not be enough to pull you away if you're using Dolphin, Chrome, or Firefox, it will make your jaw drop if you've been using Android's default browser.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Makes wonders out of my java supported phone!"

    April 28, 2012  |   By boki101

    Version: Opera Mini 7.0

    Pros

    I found it a bit too demanding at first,but then I realized Opera mini is a phenomenal program,firstly because it has all these useful shortcuts,so you don't have to use the menu to do any of the usual tasks. It is fast,deals with text and images perfectly and it even turns around my phone screen vertical-horizontal,as i prefer.

    Cons

    It loads up in approximately three seconds,which is fine,but maybe could be a bit improved. I guess it's all about phone memory and processing capabilities. Also,no shortcuts for top and bottom of a page. Sometimes I read long articles,so it would be useful.

    Summary

    Use this master piece of work,you won't regret it!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Out of control scrolling...Wish they would fix this."

    June 19, 2011  |   By K_Horn

    Version: Opera Mini 6.0

    Pros

    Opera seems to be the best browser out there

    Cons

    It is fast but really difficult to navigate through pages. Scrolling just suddenly goes out of control, either going down to the bottom of the page or the top of the page.

    Summary

    Just needs some fine tuning to be great.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great browser, faster than all others"

    February 1, 2011  |   By dadu_fra

    Version: Opera Mini 5.1

    Pros

    Load images and heavy web pages faster than others.

    Cons

    May have some incompatibilites on some rare pages because of the compression technology used.

    Summary

    I use it 90% of my browsing time.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Some serious limitations"

    July 13, 2010  |   By alovell83

    Version: Opera Mini 5 beta

    Pros

    Speed, speed, speed.

    Cons

    UI
    terrible scrolling mechanism
    I couldn't get copy & paste to work

    Summary

    I really felt excited about getting started with Opera, I had to stop using it within hours of installing. Now, I read that CNET gave it 5 stars. Personally, I can't get past the scrolling mechanism, without it being improved all the improvements this offers I can only use the browser if I'm trying to limit my data usage while on a limited 3G package and going to a picture heavy website. Save for that scenario I will never use Opera until an update comes and makes the general browsing and web page viewing more enjoyable.

    I have given 3 stars due to some of its features and potential, but in my mind this is closer to 2 stars or even a 1 star browser.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great."

    April 16, 2010  |   By bpatt

    Version: Opera Mini 5 beta

    Pros

    Easy to see web pages.
    Nice interface and menus.
    Easy to configure.

    Cons

    Non as yet.

    Summary

    Can't beat free.

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