Opera Mini for iPhone
Apple have surprised a lot of people by approving the Opera Mini browser. I have just installed it on my iPhone 3G and must admit that while it loads pages pretty fast, it isn’t quite there yet. There are a few things that bug me straight away.
- Opera Mini is obviously reporting a different user agent string to Safari, my google results are pretty ugly compared to the page google serves up for Safari.
- In full screen mode you can’t scroll back to the top of the page and address bar by tapping the status bar.
- Opera Mini supports pinch to zoom, but a double-tap only zooms right in or out. I prefer the zoom to column feature of safari. The pinch zoom also isn’t as fluid as safari.
- The Acid3 test; this is a curious one. Running the acid test on Safari I results in a jerky animation with 100/100. Opera Mini craps out but gets a score of 97/100. For reference: running the acid test on Firefox 3.6 on Windows 7 results in a fairly smooth animation but it still doesn’t match the reference and only gets a score of 94/100!
These are just my initial thoughts on the browser, its fast, very very fast in fact… but I don’t think it’ll be replacing safari as my default browser just yet.
Engadget have give their fleeting opinion here: