Opera Mobile 10.1 browser arrives on Android

It’s been a long time coming but now the fully fledged Opera Mobile browser is available on Android. Opera Mobile browser is a more functional version of Opera Mini which has been available on the Android Market for some time.

android opera robot

The Opera Android robot! Look at his 'ickle cape! Aww!

Its “Opera Turbo” mode enables super-fast browsing as the pages are compressed on the Opera servers before being sent to your phone. This is great if you only have a measly 2G connection. Even on 3G it’s always better to get web pages quicker than normal. You will notice a compressed-look on images that are downloaded with the Turbo mode active but it’s not a problem with general browsing.

Tabbed browsing is a welcome feature along with the “Speed Dial” start page which lists your most visited websites in a grid – similar to Apple’s Safari browser.

The other nice notable feature is the ability to sync your bookmarks with your desktop computer’s Opera browser. This means you can keep your Desire Fanatics bookmarked page on both your PC/Mac and Android phone šŸ˜‰

Now, the only downside to Opera Mobile is theĀ monstrousĀ amount of space it requires on your internal memory – a whopping 20MB!! No joke! So, unless you have a nice Apps2SD style program and can copy the app to your SD card then I doubt many people will be able to install it.

Now, this is a 10.1 Beta of the app so there are bound to be some problems. My first being that it wouldn’t actually launch(!). A quick uninstall and re-install soon fixed that. First impressions are good. It does still need some work, rendering isn’t as quick as Skyfire yet (even with Turbo activated) but I’m sure all these things can be improved upon.

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