The next generation in mobile browsing is here and it will blow you away. After teasing us for a couple of days, Opera has finally unveiled Opera Mini 5. According to most metrics Opera Mini is the leading mobile web browser with more than 29 million users.
Opera Mini 5 has undergone a total remake. In fact at first glance it may appear to be a completely different browser. The drab red skin has made way for an intuitive and sleek polished black interface. The new Opera Mini looks a lot like its desktop counterpart with an address bar, search bar and visual (thumbnail) speed dials. However, Opera Mini 5 is not all about cosmetic changes. Undoubtedly the biggest new feature in Opera Mini 5 is tabbed browsing. This was something users have been demanding for a long long time. And Opera has delivered! In fact it is amazing that Opera has managed to squeeze in a fully functional tabbed browser into Java based phones.
Another desktop feature which has been ported to Opera Mini is the Magic Wand. Opera Mini 5 includes a full-fledged password manager for securely saving all your online passwords. And oh yes, if you happen to own a high end touch screen phone, there is some good news for you too. Opera Mini 5 include support for both keypad as well as touchscreen browsing. Irrespective of whether you use a keypad or a touchscreen you would relish the drastically improved navigational features. Support for copy-paste and inline text editing has been added.
In one word Opera Mini 5 is stunning. The interface is sleek and sexy. I love the smooth transition effects and the gentle curves. Tabbed browsing works wonderfully and most importantly it almost feels like a desktop browser. Go ahead and get a taste of the next generation in mobile browsing from opera.com/mini/next.
[Note: This is an beta release and may have performance and stability issues. Also many essentials features like downloads, feeds and Opera Link are not available in this release]