Andrew Orlowski in The Register proves again that Register technical writers really need to use they tech they write about.
Apple approved Opera’s Mini browser for the iPhone overnight, and in in a few hours it’s already attracted over 150 reviews. They’re not all positive, and not all accurate, but it’s an indication of how much interest there is in a better browser.
And how does Opera prove that? It’s only fast on AT&T’s EDGE network. Font and layout rendering are hideous, even by Opera standards. The zoom function sucks big time, and there’s no pinch-to-zoom at all. It’s not all bad, though.
Mini also boasts also some very nice user-friendly features absent in Safari, such as saving web pages, searching inside a page, custom searches, and bookmark sync.
Opera uses a cache and compression system to gain the nominal page load speed, so don’t use it for logging in to a web site with loginID or passwords.