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Old 11-08-2006, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if anyone knew the difference between using the Opera Mini or the BB Internet Browser? Which one seems to work better? What is the advantage of dling the Opera Mini and where is a good site to dl it from?
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personally i prefer the bb browser- its a little more integrated into the rest of the BB, for example sending links through email and saving pages for offline viewing. Plus unless im mistaken you can make the opera mini the default browser so whenever you click on a link with in a email message your BB default browser will open.

Ive heard that the opera mini does a better job displaying images and loads faster - i think thats true but my experience it hasnt been a big difference.

if you use the actual "blackberry" browser and your on BES you can view your companys intranet.
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personally i prefer the bb browser- its a little more integrated into the rest of the BB, for example sending links through email and saving pages for offline viewing. Plus unless im mistaken you can make the opera mini the default browser so whenever you click on a link with in a email message your BB default browser will open.

Ive heard that the opera mini does a better job displaying images and loads faster - i think thats true but my experience it hasnt been a big difference.

if you use the actual "blackberry" browser and your on BES you can view your companys intranet.
Personally having tried the Opera twice now I concur with all this and add that really I don't know what the Opera brings to the BB at all. The BB browser in my view needs upgrading and even with CSS switched on produces a poor rendition. With the advent of .mobi in my view RIM need to work on the browser - full stop!
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With the Opera 3.0 beta, now it makes more sense to use this browser as the default. It does almost everything the bb browser does. Only issue is that I've noticed that since the bb browser is integrated with the blackberry, programs run the bb browser to search for info online (ie. berry 411). Opera mini is blazing fast and the bb browser made me feel like I was taking a step back since I have comcast cable internet at home. If you want more speed.....Opera definitely!! The beta is very stable and functional with the blackberry.
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With the Opera 3.0 beta, now it makes more sense to use this browser as the default. It does almost everything the bb browser does. Only issue is that I've noticed that since the bb browser is integrated with the blackberry, programs run the bb browser to search for info online (ie. berry 411). Opera mini is blazing fast and the bb browser made me feel like I was taking a step back since I have comcast cable internet at home. If you want more speed.....Opera definitely!! The beta is very stable and functional with the blackberry.

Question is though. Does it use CSS. Will it display modern websites?
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Just checked the BETA Opera Mini and if you want to check it then it's here: http://beta.mini.opera.com

I'm my view it's isn't very good:
  • Won't render normal websites correctly (as they were written) and no better the the BB Browser
  • Won't render .mobi sites correctly and the BB browser renders them better

I believe that a browser that ignores the new .mobi standard does so at its peril. Just deleted the beta.mini.opera.
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I've never been happy with Opera Mini. It doesn't work like any other Blackberry app (poor trackwheel and escape key support, doesn't insert . instead of space in the URL field, etc) so it has a steep learning curve. It's a pain to enter data into fields on pages (I don't see why it needs to be like this). Finally, none of the sites I visit really benefit from Opera. YMMV. It works really well for some people who can't otherwise visit certain sites on their BB.

All that said, I'm going to check out the beta of 3...

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