Luke, it's faster and renders pages more true in appearance to how they look on a desktop. Once you learn the shortcut keys for page up, page down, page left/right, etc, you can absolutely fly through webpages. It's free to try, just go to mini.opera.com with your blackberry browser.
I have to agree with you. It definitely gives a more "desktop" feel to browsing and is seems _much_ faster. Wasn't able to get the horizontal view it spoke of on my 8310. Is there something I'm missing or is it not available on the blackberry? Didn't see the option in the settings either.
Howard, he's probably not going to see this again because the thread got moved, but I think he's talking about the way that Opera takes you to a fullscreen text-input window when you click on a text box. It bugs some people; doesn't bother me personally.