April 21, 2010 05:00 PM
Phones, Smartphones, and PDAs
If you're a fan of free software, alternatives to big names, or an all-around browser geek, you're probably familiar with Opera. This program has been around a long time, and is a decent (or superior, depending on opinion) alternative for Internet browsing. It's a popular choice on lots of portable or embedded devices as well as mobile phones.
The tech community was very, very skeptical that Apple would approve the Opera browser on iPhone, given that it might compete with Safari, but lo and behold - it was actually allowed into the hallowed walled garden. Immediately after release, it skyrocketed to the top of all 22 App Stores. Whoa. Is it worth the hype, though?
First of all, Opera Mini is a free download, meaning you have virtually nothing to lose but a bit of space on your iDevice. So, why not give it a try?
The main benefit of Opera Mini is a significant boost in browsing speed on any device, most notably on devices with an EDGE connection (original iPhone) or slow 3G service area.