Top 3 Reasons You'll Want to Use Opera Mini for iPhone
Article by George Norman
On 11 Feb 2010
Next week, at the 2010 Mobile World Congress (MWC), the year’s biggest mobile event, Opera Software will showcase Opera Mini for iPhone - and its latest Beta releases of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini on other platforms and devices. Opera has yet to present the browser, let alone submit it to the App Store. The company feels confident that Apple will “not deny their users a choice in Web browser experience” and will welcome Opera Mini for iPhone into the App Store.

"Opera Mini is compatible with every requirement for the App Store," said Christen Krogh, Opera's chief development officer. "We don't think it falls under any of the excluded technologies."

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Personally, I don’t feel that confident. Apple has never been to gentle with rival browsers and I don’t think they’ll suddenly warm up to Opera. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Meanwhile, the internet is all abuzz in expectation of Opera Mini for iPhone. So I thought it fitting to put together my top 3 reasons you’ll want to start using the browser.

1. You’re an Opera fan

You use Opera 10 on your desktop computer and you love it. You would like to use Opera’s browser on your iPhone, but you cannot. So when Opera Mini for iPhone is released, you’ll definitely want to use it.
Even if you’re not a fanboy, this is Opera we’re talking about, the company responsible for a lot of innovation in the web space. Take tabbed browsing for example. Every browser out there has tabbed browsing nowadays; but in the past only Opera did. Opera has a long tradition of innovation.

2. Speed and data traffic

According to Opera Software, Opera Mini for iPhone thanks to Opera Turbo offers up to 6 times faster download speeds. This is because you download data off Opera’s servers. Images and text are compressed on Opera’s servers, then delivered to you at lightning speeds.

This also means Opera Mini for iPhone offers up to 10 times smaller data traffic. This is a good way to avoid huge roaming data fees when you travel abroad.

Speaking of speed, Opera Mini comes with the Speed Dial feature. If you’re an Opera fan, you undoubtedly know what Speed Dial is. If you’re not an Opera user, here’s the lowdown: when you open a new tab, Opera displays thumbnails of the 9 sites you most frequently visit.

3. Features Safari does not have

Here are some features that Safari does not have, features that are available in Opera Mini: find in page, saved passwords, adjustable image quality, full screen browsing, adjustable font sizes and customizable skins.



Tags: Opera Software, Opera Mini, Apple, iPhone, Mobile World Congress, MWC
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