Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta is now available for Android handsets. Use the QR code given below or Appbrain to grab it. I have been using Opera Mobile consistently for the past week. I wrote an in-depth review for Techie Buzz. Check it out if you want a low down on the newest Android browser. Here’s a quick summary:
Appearance: Opera Mobile for Android features the same skin we have been seeing in Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10 for the past year. Looks wise Opera Mobile won’t blow you away, but the user interface is intuitive and makes the browser a joy to use. Unlike the stock browser, Opera Mobile was designed with tabbed browsing in mind and it shows.
Functionality: New in this release is support for pinch-to-zoom. Other than that the core functionality remains the same. You have unlimited tabs, kinetic scrolling, speed dials, sync (bookmarks, speed dials, search engines and visited webpages), find in page, save pages, download manager, search bar and more. Opera Turbo is also present, which compresses webpages to save bandwidth and speed up surfing on slower connections.
On the whole, Opera Mobile is an impressive product. It feels smooth and is a major step up from the default browser. However, it’s not perfect. The lack of JIT support is one thing that bothers me. Also, Opera Mobile requires quite a lot of storage space (more than 22 MB). But, perhaps the most disappointing aspect for me is the lack of any sharing feature whatsoever. I expect my Android browser to allow me to share links on Twitter, Facebook etc. Hopefully, future releases will take care of these niggles.