Opera Mini

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Fast and lightweight web browser for Android

Opera Mini is a mobile web browser designed to help you browse the net in comfort and at high speeds on your phone. View full description

PROS

  • Fast performance
  • Lots of options
  • Address bar autocomplete
  • Good support for older OSs and lower-end devices

CONS

  • No support for add-ons
  • No HTML5 or Flash support

Excellent
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Opera Mini is a mobile web browser designed to help you browse the net in comfort and at high speeds on your phone.

Perfect for Opera desktop lovers

This pint-sized program borrows much from its desktop-based big brother. So, if you enjoy using Opera on your PC or Mac then you can now look forward to a similarly smooth ride on your mobile with Opera Mini.

Opera Mini's headline feature is its data compression, which shrinks websites up to 10% of their original size. This makes navigating with a slow connection much quicker. Sites are compressed by Opera's own servers, so neither your mobile nor your data plan are involved. If you want to know exactly how much data Opera Mini has saved you, there is a graph that shows data usage over the last five days and compares this to what you would have used without the browser.

Don't know what to read? Opera Mini suggests articles and apps to check out in its Discovery section, which can be refreshed with a tap of a button. You can personalize it, so it shows you content that matches your tastes and interests.

Unlike the latest desktop version, Opera Mini doesn't support extensions. This is a shame, because it would be great if the developer could add functionality to the browser through third party plug-ins, as with Firefox for Android.

Fortunately, it does provide some nice built-in functionality to make up for its lack of plugins. These include camera support to make uploading images more convenient, a Night Mode for more pleasant evening browsing, and a password manager for Android 4.4 and higher.

Smooth user experience

The user interface in Opera Mini is easy to handle. It looks and feels similar to the standard version, with a clear and attractive design.

The hub of the app is the Speed Dial feature, whereby you can set one-click shortcuts for your favorite sites, or create folders to keep these shortcuts together. Just like in the desktop version, these display thumbnail previews of the sites to make things as clear and simple as possible. Below that - but still on the same page - is the Discovery section, meaning all the most important information is kept in one place.

Other navigational aids include an auto-complete feature in the address bar, as well as support for swipe gestures, including swipe bookmarks to delete, swipe downloads to abort, swipe tabs to close, and swipe up to search. There is also a carousel where you can view all your tabs at once.

Load times in Opera Mini are as impressive as ever thanks to Opera's unique server-side rendering technology. It does occasionally result in pages loading incorrectly, but that's rare. If you want a more all-singing, all-dancing web experience then try Opera Browser for Android instead, which doesn't compress pages like Opera Mini, but which supports HTML 5.

Lean but not mean

Opera Mini is still one of the leanest mobile browsers around, delivering pages quickly but not skimping on features.

The new Opera Mini browser for Android gives you a fantastic web experience at the fastest speeds.

With Opera Mini, you can save data while searching, surfing, downloading and sharing your favourite online content.** Opera Mini is the best browser for Android versions 2.3 and up, on both phones and tablets. It’s small, fast, free and beautiful.? Enjoy a clean new user interfaceOpera Mini’s redesigned home page allows you to keep your online life organised. And, an updated look, with less clutter and hassle, removes distractions and lets you focus on a superior browsing experience.? Browse simplyOpera Mini’s simplified settings, gesture controls and swipe support mean you can navigate the web more intuitively.? Night modeSwitch on Opera Mini’s smart night mode to read more comfortably in the dark. Choose between two options to dim the screen, relieve your eyes and help you get healthier sleep and rest.? Download smarterTake control with a better download manager. Get faster downloads and download multiple files in the background. Postpone downloading large files until you’re on Wi-Fi and resume downloading files automatically if your connection is disrupted.? Save dataUse less mobile data compared to other web browsers. Less data means you get faster internet and more out of your data plan.? Browse privatelyUse Opera Mini's private tabs to prevent your browsing history from being stored on your device.

? Customise your layout: Choose between three different looks.? See your daily savings: Get a summary of how much data you use, and track your data savings.? Sync and share: Switch between your computer, tablet and your phone without missing any of your favourite content in bookmarks, on Speed Dial or in any of your open tabs. Share your favourites using your favourite social-networking apps.? Switch between search engines: Choose between popular search engines like Yahoo! or Google. Search Amazon, eBay, IMDB and more, right from the browser. You can even add your own search engines.? Manage your tabs easily: Get an overview of all your tabs. Tap to open a tab or swipe to remove one.? Save your favourite sites: Tap the + button on the combined address and search bar to save a page to Opera Mini's Speed Dial start page, to add it your mobile bookmarks

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User reviews about Opera Mini

  • Cristian Capdevila

    by Cristian Capdevila

    "Amazing and lightweight app"

    I have an old smartphone and this browser is just what I was looking for. It's fast, lightweight and very user friendly.... More.

    reviewed on August 26, 2016