Opera Mini 4.2 for Android is Decent Alternative

Yesterday saw the launch of Opera Mini 4.2 for Android.  We used to get pretty jazzed whenever there was a release of Opera Mini, especially in the days where we were stuck using Windows Mobile.  Now that Android is out and offers a great web browser, we’re not so excited.

There’s nothing wrong with Opera Mini 4.2 by any means.  It’s a beautiful, somewhat intuitive web browser that renders pages very fast.  The problem is, so does the out of the box client that’s built around Webkit. Maybe it’s the sites we visit, but we haven’t come across anything yet that’s wowed us with Opera Mini.

Maybe we got spoiled over the last month but it seems to us that Opera makes us jump through a couple of extra hoops to get a similar experience.  While we naturally wanted to just start typing a web address to go to, we had to click menu, then the tab for typing addresses.  Then we could type the URL.  Not terrible, just inconvenient.

If we hadn’t grown so accustomed to the built-in browser we’d probably like Opera Mini 4.2 a little more.  In the end, it is an excellent web client that loads pages efficiently.  If you are brand new to Android and haven’t had much experience with the internet on the G1, give this one an equal look.

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  1. Opera Mini is pretty decent on the G1. It’s responsiveness to the touchscreen lags a bit though, especially in comparison to the built-in browser. It also often defaults to the mobile version of Web pages, which the built-in does not. I won’t complain too much though – it’s a beta and only been out a day or two.

    The bigger question is, where’s Firefox for G1?

  2. Opera Mini 4 rocks. has Bookmark manager, something that Chrome lite doesn’t. in non-3G markets, it’s all about the speed. has great touch response. i like the way the page moves faster than your sliding finger. the only improvements i can think of is tabs & wand passwords.
    as for Firefox, didn’t they say it wasn’t coming? isn’t it called Fennec & that it will not be ported to Android? i prefer Google Chrome over Firefox anyway, so i doubt Fennec would be any better than Chrome Lite.

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