Unbelievable, Download Opera Mini for iPhone Now

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Holy crap. Against our wildest expectations, Apple approved the Opera Mini browser for the iPhone, and it'll be in the App Store within 24 hours. Original iPhone users should be reallllllly happy right now. Update: Now live in iTunes! [Opera]


Opera Mini App approved for the App Store

Oslo, Norway - April 13, 2010 - Opera today announced its popular mobile browser, Opera Mini has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. Opera Mini will be available as a free download within 24 hours, depending on market.

Opera Mini, with more than 50 million users worldwide, enables fast mobile Web browsing by compressing data by up to 90 percent before sending content to the device, resulting in significantly improved page loading. Users of the app will notice an uptake in speed, especially on slower networks such as the 2G Edge network. Surfing the Web with the Opera Mini App on iPhone and iPod touch will also help users save money because of its data compression capabilities. This will hold especially true while the user is incurring roaming charges.

"We are delighted to offer iPhone and iPod touch users a great browsing experience with the Opera Mini App," said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. "This app is another step toward Opera's goal of bringing the Web to more people in more places."

The Opera Mini App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.



Review: THE GOOD

-Amazingly Fast both in the interface and in loading webpages

-Tabbed browsing works an absolute treat

-Supports Multiple Search engines


-When you are zoomed out, text is unreadable. Because pages are compressed server side- you are not actually looking at the actual html rendering but more of an image file which maintains links.

-No pinch to zoom

-Privacy. This is the real stickler for me. If I want to do some internet banking, I would rather not have my account details be compressed by Opera's servers before being sent to my phone. The whole "we see your data before you do" doesn't feel safe.

-Will not render larger more complex webpages well. Sites with bounds of CSS don't look great either.

All in all, it is a decent browser experience- extraordinarily fast to load pages but at a huge cost.

If you want to see what the web designer wanted you to see use Safari.

If you don't want personal details or pages going through opera's servers, use Safari.

If you want large webpages to load quicker at the expense of quality, use Opera Mini.