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A Review of Opera Mini 4.0

Opera Mini 4.0 - The Bottom Line

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Opera Mini is a great choice for those whose cell phones are unable to run a true web browser, but it may not be the best replacement for smartphone and PDA users who can run Internet Explorer or Opera Mobile.

It does have a sleek interface for zooming in and out of web pages, and Opera Mobile users might hope to see the same interface transferred to the next version of that browser, but overall usability is poor in comparison to the other browsers.

Opera Mini 4.0 - Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Can run on cell phones that don't support a full browser so long as they support JavaME
  • Great interface for scanning pages and zooming in and out
  • Good performance in bringing up web pages
Cons
  • Some usability issues
  • Pages can time out quickly if they take too long to process

Guide Review - Opera Mini 4.0

Opera Mini is a java application that provides browser support for cell phones that are unable to use a true web browser. Unlike traditional browsers, web pages are first filtered through the Opera servers where they are compressed and optimized for display on a mobile device.

This means web pages will sometimes load faster than on traditional browsers, and since they are optimized for the smaller display, they will often look better.

The overall usability does not stand up to the traditional browsers, with features like bookmarks and moving backward and forward being a little more awkward. But where the Opera Mini really shines is displaying and navigating through the page. Because pages are optimized for the mobile screen, they will sometimes come out looking better than in other browsers, and the interface for moving around the page and zooming in and out of areas is much better than Internet Explorer and Opera Mobile.

Opera Mini does have some issues when visiting secured pages like PayPal. The low-memory version lacks any security for these pages, and the high-memory version de-encrypts the pages at the Opera servers and re-encrypts them when sending them to the client, which isn't optimal for security.

But, for users who cannot use Opera Mobile and Internet Explorer, Opera Mini is a great way to get onto the web. And even users of Opera Mobile and Internet Explorer might find Mini's page navigation good enough to use the browser in conjunction with their other browser.

User Reviews

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 3 out of 5
opera mini 4.1, Member tinkujohn

operamini 4.1. opera has come up with some exciting features in their new version of mobile web browser. its certain that it will have an edge over the existing competers like uc web,tea sharke etc. the main thing to be noticed about operamini is that it works well both in symbian as well as java based mobiles.opera claims that they have sdded some additional features to the existing one ie,operamini 4.0. i prefer operamini 4.1 because it has got an inbuilt download manager which operamini 4.0 doesnot have. compared to ucweb and teasharki think opera has got much faster browsing speed.also its interface is also good.multiple tab facility is also added to the 4.1 version.overall it deserves 8/10

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