The better Web browser

The better Web browser

Summary: No, it's not about Internet Explorer vs Firefox. If you surf the Web on your mobile phone, here's the best mobile Web browser that you can get for free--Opera Mini.

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No, it's not about Internet Explorer vs Firefox. If you surf the Web on your mobile phone, here's the best mobile Web browser that you can get for free--Opera Mini.

Unlike the typical Web browsers that are built into mobile phones, Opera Mini is a Mobile Java (J2ME) application that connects to its own Opera proxy server for fetching pages. The result: Web pages are rendered amazingly quickly and accurately, even for complex pages with embedded Javascript.

How do you get Opera Mini? Open the Web browser on your phone and enter the URL http://opera.com. Click on "Get Opera Mini" (NOT Opera Mobile) to download the fantastic Web browser.

I use Opera Mini to do regular checks on the five Internet portals that I'm currently operating, and its rendering quality is clearly a lot better than the Web browser that's built into my Nokia N73. Try Opera Mini and your phone's built-in Web browser on one of my portals and you'll see what I mean: http://www.overseassingaporean.sg

Topic: Browser

Lee Lup Yuen

About Lee Lup Yuen

Lee Lup Yuen is passionate about mobile phones and PDAs, as he is constantly buying new gadgets and programming them in J2ME, .NET, Symbian and AppForge.
He has developed commercial applications with mobile technologies like SMS, MMS, WAP, 3G video streaming and location-based services.

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  • Yeah, I've tried the Opera Mini. It's pretty cool.
    anonymous
  • Exactly how I feel. Doesn't it remind you of the proxy-based browsers for the old Palm PDAs?
    anonymous
  • but how does it compare to the nokia's s60 browser with its zoom and fish-eye UI. they worked with Apple to develop this, using WebCore and JavascriptCore components which form the basis of Apple's Safari browser. supports javascript, plugins, frames and iframes, CSS and XHTML. best of all, it's now open-sourced too!
    anonymous
  • My opinion is this -- mobile devices are too weak to properly render many of today's web pages. Most web pages are not designed for the small screens on mobile devices anyway. So I feel we need a powerful intermediate proxy to render the pages accurately, plus some intelligence to fit the page nicely in a small screen. Will we ever have a mobile device that's powerful enough to do all this?
    anonymous