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Old 03-26-2009, 10:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In my quest for a faster browsing experience, I've tried out both Bolt and Mini Opera.

My initial observations for Bolt:

1. Love the split screen interface
2. Hate that there's no STOP command to stop loading a page (big turnoff for me -- web access is slow for me in China -- I often need to be able to stop slow load pages)
3. Seems faster than Mini Opera, but I haven't done a measured test yet
4. Font sets are too small -- even the XXLarge font ones -- and don't render smoothly
5. Cooler logo than Mini Opera

My initial observations for Mini Opera:

1. Commands and menus less cluttered, feels more "professional"
2. Small font is much too small. Medium font is kind of too big. Needs a font in between these two.

At the moment, I'm torn between the two, they both are more feature laden than the stock Bold Browser with superior navigation. They both are faster, too.

Until Bolt can add a STOP loading button, I think I'll be using MO as my daily browser. For non-mobile optimized websites, Bolt has some advantages with its split screen feature (that makes it easier to view "standard" pages), so I'll keep it in my Apps list.

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Old 03-27-2009, 12:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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havent tried opera since verizon doesnt allow me to on my 9530 but Bolt is ok usually freezes my BB while loading and is a bit harder because its more touch sensitive but everything is much smaller
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i try bolt also with MO and i preferd for now the opera !
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havent tried opera since verizon doesnt allow me to on my 9530 but Bolt is ok usually freezes my BB while loading and is a bit harder because its more touch sensitive but everything is much smaller
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm happy with opera mobile, its a lot faster than the bb browser.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I had tried bolt and it was sooo slow on my blackberry 8320 couldnt figure out why so im sticking with opera and bb browser
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There is a new version of Bolt coming out soon for the Curve that is very fast-the cursor and text entry slowness are fixed. Hopefully they release it soon! It also cancels loading with the escape key.
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There is a new version of Bolt coming out soon for the Curve that is very fast-the cursor and text entry slowness are fixed. Hopefully they release it soon! It also cancels loading with the escape key.
Good. I installed it, then uninstalled it less than 20 minutes later because it was unbearably slow.
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