Opera Mini 4 beta available
So many Web browsers are being updated and released these days it’s hard to keep track of them all. The latest one I have tried is Opera Mini 4 beta, which was released on June 19, 2007.
Opera Mini is a free Web browser for mobile phones, and it works with any phone that is capable of running Java mobile applications according to the MIDP2.0 standard. Obviously the phone needs to be able to connect to the Internet as well.
I tested Opera Mini 4 beta in my Nokia 6680, and I really like it. I already have Opera Mobile on my phone, but Opera Mini 4 somehow looks and “feels” better, and it’s very fast.
It has a neat approach to handling sites that do not provide a stylesheet for handheld devices vs. those that do. Opera Mini 4 applies handheld stylesheets (specified with a
handheld media type) if they exist, and otherwise reverts to applying the same CSS as a desktop browser would. This is exactly what all handheld browsers should do.
On sites that do not have a handheld stylesheet, Opera Mini 4 starts by displaying a zoomed out overview of the loaded page. A rectangle surrounds the area you can quickly zoom in and out of by pressing 5 on the keypad. It’s a lot better than having to pan your way around a full-size page.
If you have a phone that meets the requirements for running Opera 4 Mini, I really think you should give it a try. And if you don’t have a phone that can run it, you can see what it looks like and test your sites in it by using the Opera Mini 4 beta Simulator, a Java applet that runs in your desktop browser.