Mar 11 AT 3:06 AM Taylor Wimberly 21 Comments

Opera Mini 5 beta now available for Android

Those of you who are eagerly waiting on Opera Mobile 10 to come to Android should check out the new Opera Mini 5 beta. Both browsers are based on the same core technology but in Opera Mini, the Opera Presto browser engine is located on a server. In Opera Mobile, it is installed on your phone. Opera is looking to partner with OEMs to include Opera Mobile 10 with their phones, so the Mini 5 could be some users only experience with Opera.

I tested out the latest Opera Mini 5 and the UI looks really clean and the rendering was off on several sites I visited. There are some cool extra features like Opera Link (which syncs booksmarks, speed dial, and search engines), but it is missing pinch zoom which I have become fond of.

The beta should work on all Android phones, so give it a test run and let us know what you think.

The major differences in Opera Mobile and Mini include:

  • Opera Mobile will render web pages just like a desktop browser. In Opera Mini, there may be slight differences, and very complex Web pages may not work optimally.
  • Opera Mini will generally be faster. It downloads less content and requires less CPU to render pages.
  • Opera Mini works on almost any phone. Opera Mobile is only available for Windows Mobile, upcoming Android devices, and Symbian/S60 phones.

Top new features of Opera Mini 5 include:

  • Tabbed browsing — Browse several Web sites at the same time, while easily jumping from one to another.
  • Speed Dial — Get to your favorite Web page with just one click, with a set of visual bookmarks when you open a new tab.
  • Opera Link — Synchronize your bookmarks and Speed Dial between your mobile phone and desktop computer.
  • Download manager — Manage downloads right from the browser. Pause and resume downloads to suit your needs.
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