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Opera Mini 5 beta

Opera Software - Opera Mini 5 beta

Price: Free

You may be perfectly happy with the standard Android browser, and there’s certainly no reason not to be as its one of the finest mobile browsers around. However, when you’re on the move and your phone isn’t picking up a 3G signal, web pages tend to load agonisingly slowly.

Opera Mini is a much better choice when bandwidth is limited because it uses gateway servers that compress pages before sending them to your phone. The result is lightning fast performance even when your phone is struggling to maintain a decent connection speed. This alone makes it worth the download as in these circumstances it acts as an excellent companion browser to the standard Android one.

Early versions of Opera Mini on Android were a little bit squiffy but with version 5, things have improved a lot. If you find you really love Opera you can also use OperaBridge to make it your default browser. However, as Opera Mini uses intermediary servers it’s probably best not to use it for really sensitive stuff like online banking.

Verdict

Opera Mini’s clever use of compression makes it a great option when your phone is struggling to get a decent data connection.

Skeptic

August 19, 2014, 5:30 pm

I did not load this app because it wants access to things that should be none of its business. eg,Device and App History,Contacts and Caledar,Photo and media files, Wi fi connection info. If someone can explain why it needs this access I might reconsider.

Alan Smith

April 7, 2016, 10:13 pm

What annoys me is this websites tactic of creating more hits by spreading out a short article over many pages to generate more hits- shameful. At the very least give the option to see all of the bits on a single page.

Kathleen Heath

September 13, 2016, 3:40 pm

All apps want personal information, that's just the way it is these days. Marketing tools I guess and hopefully not snooping.

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