Thursday, 29 October 2009

Opera Mini 5 beta – a review…

Java powered mobile phones gave the users an ability to stay connected to the internet on the go! Well, with apps like Opera Mini…it became better and easy. I have been using Opera Mini browser on my Sony Ericsson mobile for the past two years, and with every update Opera Mini just got better. Their new version of mobile browser is Opera Mini 5 beta…and its still in the testing stage. I have been trying the new browser for last few days, and a lot features have improved…and as its still in the testing stage…I guess the missing features will be a part of the full release…
Tabbed Browsing – The best thing in the new browser is tabbed browsing..I always used to think why cant mobile browsers give the user an option to have multiple websites open at the same time.. Well that's been taken care in the version 5. Now, one can open multiple browsers and switch from one website to another without any difficulty. The browser also allows to save the bookmarks in the thumbnail format giving a nice look to the browser…
Password Manager – This in another good feature that accompanies the version 5. Similar functionality that Firefox supports where a user gets an option to save the login information. It was tedious earlier to always enter the login credentials with the mobile key pad. This feature allows to start browsing without having to enter login details every time.
Speed – One of the things I noticed was the speed…Now the pages open faster than they would have opened in the previous version 4.2… And guess Opera Mini added a lot of compression techniques to compress the web pages to make it suitable for mobile display, and guess that's why the installation file size of Opera Mini doubled from 130 kb to 240 kb…
Right Click – Its so much like a pc… Web pages can be opened in different tabs using the functionality similar to what a PC offers…press the key 1 for a little while and a menu appears asking to copy, open in new tab, etc… Also, it allows to copy a part of the web page by selecting the text…
Inline editing – This is a feature for touch screen mobiles…however this can be turned off by going to the advanced settings in the browser. Using the inline editing option, the browser allows to enter values in the text field directly..while in the previous versions it required to input the values using the mobile phones default text editor…
RSS feed – One thing I found missing was the RSS feed section in the new version…The previous version allowed me to subscribe to various news feeds, while the newer version is missing this option…
Its in the testing stage, and it crashed once while I was browsing…well, the full version would ensure it wont crash… A couple of things I want the full version to incorporate is – 1. When the user selects to exit, it should not ask ‘are you sure?’.. given the scenario that the user selects the menu and traverses all the way to exit section to exit the browser, would mean that the user is certain about exiting and one would not traverse all the way to exit and then choose not to exit! 2. More shortcut keys can be added to allow faster browsing experience. 3. And of course the RSS feeds… 4. Playing videos within the browser…
Overall, I think it is a better browser, user-friendly and fast compared to its predecessors…

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