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Reviewed by Joe Roberts

20 May 2016

Opera Mini

What is it?

There’s no shortage of choice when it comes to mobile browsers, but Opera Mini might just be one of the most useful. This browser features a number of data-saving features which allow you to traverse the net without worrying about exceeding your data allowance. A recent update also added a nifty ad blocker to further improve the online experience.

What’s good?

Obviously, the standout feature of Opera Mini is the data-saving aspect. What’s really nice about this browser is that it gives you a certain level of control over how scaled-down you want each website to be. That means you can find the perfect balance between conserving your precious data and maintaining a decent web experience.

There’s essentially two data-saving modes to choose between. ‘High’ will keep the web experience looking similar to how it would without data-saving turned on, while still managing to save you a load of Megabytes. I regularly managed to get around a 55% saving, meaning the browser managed to load most sites by only receiving 45% of the megabytes needed to load it. ‘Extreme’ is for when you’re on your last bit of 4G. It severely limits the amount of data whichever website you’re visiting sends to your handset. Text will be displayed in a simple font and pictures will be compressed. I found that Extreme usually saved me an impressive 89% of the data needed to load a site.

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Switching between the two settings is incredibly easy. You can just hit the Opera logo in the bottom right and tap the ‘Savings Mode’ section to make a quick change. If you want to make further tweaks you can head into settings, where there a few more options such as the ability to change the resolution of images.

It’s all very straightforward and a great way to save your data when you’re approaching your limit for the month. Even if you have unlimited data, Opera Mini is great for when you need to get online but your signal isn’t very strong.

And it’s not all about conserving data. Other features include the ability to receive Facebook notifications through the browser, and a handy Night Mode that filters out blue light to save your eyes before you sleep.

What’s bad?

Not a lot really. Using Opera Mini, I never encountered any crashes, got to grips with the data-saving settings very quickly, and generally found it to be a useful and easy to use app. However, if you’re using Extreme settings, you may find some websites don’t load properly. Text and images will overlap and some websites are unreadable on this setting. It’s a rare occurrence, though.

Verdict

Opera Mini is the perfect browser for those who often find themselves exceeding their monthly data allowance. Its various settings make it easy to tailor the data-saving features, and the clean interface is very easy to use. Give it a go if you’re looking to save some Gigabytes.

Score: 9/10 | Price: Free | In-app purchases? No | Download Opera Mini Browser

Our Score:

9

John

March 22, 2015, 7:43 pm

Ivona would get my vote. You haven't heard TTS until you've heard this incredibly realistic sounding human voice. I absolutely love it for Pocket, Google Books etc

And how is Kindle on there and not Google Play Books? Kindle as an app is ridiculously basic and simply leverages Amazon's bookstore coverage. Play Books is more flexible eg. TTS.

Amer Zaveri

April 2, 2015, 9:30 am

I would like to add one cool Android app for file transfer - Mesh It Up which transfers file at a very fast speed among Android devices within minutes. You can even transfer heavy files of video among the devices.

Alphajoe

April 2, 2015, 1:50 pm

You haven't covered one of the most important features of MailWise: The option to have the emails displayed as simple and easy to read conversations without any clutter.

But I agree on the lack of IMAP push support.

navigator

April 3, 2015, 10:10 pm

This is what Blackberry 10 has by default... called Hub.

Amshu Patel

June 11, 2015, 7:47 pm

Uniq Mobile Finder is a great application for getting your lost or stolen mobile phone. I got my lost phone and I just loved it, it worked like a magic for me for getting back my phone when I lost it. I challenge this is going to be one of the best app in 2015. Must use app for every device.

Replay Creation

June 15, 2015, 9:23 am

Full Battery Alarm Pro is an unique android app which prevents mobile phone battery from being overcharged by sounding an alarm.

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Djibril Camaro

June 23, 2015, 7:52 pm

One of my favourite apps is:
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Kodi Configu

July 1, 2015, 12:13 am

My favourite app is the CONFIGURATOR FOR KODI

tsr g

July 11, 2015, 6:39 am

'Everyday Calculation' is easily one of the best productivity App in the Play store

https://play.google.com/store/...

Den Watsons

August 19, 2015, 1:02 pm

MyAudioStream should be added, a s a good audio player and streamer.

DPLight

November 8, 2015, 9:29 pm

Office lens works wonders in a museum .. if you cannot get in front of it .. use lens (providing the painting is not too big)

FreeAppIn

November 20, 2015, 7:04 pm

Check out LIVING CELLS, it is interactive and very customizable live wallpaper. Try it now and watch those beautiful and colorful patterns, you can get it here: https://play.google.com/store/...

Jade C

November 21, 2015, 12:56 pm

Cool little addictive game/language learning app.

https://play.google.com/store/...

generic etcetera

December 18, 2015, 8:28 pm

A very creative idea

Ben

February 20, 2016, 12:13 am

Great app for checking Lotto results, faster than the official app.
https://play.google.com/store/...

itb-development

March 7, 2016, 8:29 am

Can anyone tell me the best selfie apps please? When i had windows there was lumia selfie ,the most incredible one and soon to be coming to android please god!! I need all the filters and beautifying i can get these days know its vain but took my firsy selfie in my late thirties and it made me look like i was in my late twenties yay!

DarthDiggler

March 8, 2016, 4:28 pm

I'd try that camera app that comes with the phone. :)

toboev

March 12, 2016, 9:53 am

How quickly are disused Vyke numbers recycled? What is the chance of getting somebody else's discarded number, or of them getting one of yours? You'd need to be careful about what you used these numbers for.

Odd but Awesome

March 31, 2016, 3:18 pm

How do I submit an app for you to review please?

Armaan Modi

April 14, 2016, 5:27 pm

Candy camera, Camera 360..

Erik Caso

April 15, 2016, 9:01 pm

Chromecast on younity is on its way, so stay tuned. Thanks.

Rukaji Akira

May 14, 2016, 11:11 am

Quipsphere is the mobile app for sharing ideas, comments and opinions in the form of recorded voice message.. way better than twitter in my opinion.

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