Opera Mini is now available to download for iPad. Opera just released an update to its Opera Mini web browser this morning, which finally supports the iPad, bringing a slick new interface and awesome new features to its iOS browser.
It’s become a common knowledge that the Norweigein company makes state of the art browsers and I’m sure that its tens of millions of users world-wide agree. I love Apple and their products, but it can’t be denied that the Safari browser provided on iOS devices is nothing more than mediocre. It works fine but these days browsers are capable of so much more.
Back in 2010, when Opera Mini web browser was first launched, it was downloaded over 1 million times in 24 hours. Today, Opera Mini 6 just hit the App Store, for iPhone and iPad. I just downloaded the app on my iPad, and after a couple minutes playing around with it, I was impressed.
Most importantly Opera Mini 6 is beautiful and fast. Opera redesigned the menus and polished the interface to make it look great on an iPad. It’s significantly faster than the other browsers clogging up the App Store. Opera Software claim that the Mini web browser features up to 90% compression of data traffic through their servers, loading your web pages in a snap.
My favorite addition has got to be the visual tabs. They allow you to have multiple pages open at once; managing and previewing your tabs has never been so elegant with the tab drawer. Next up is Speed Dial, a beautiful launchpad for your favorite sites (first screenshot).
The big O in the top left corner allows you to access a popup menu with Sharing options, History, Setting and Bookmarks.
There isn’t an extensive list of settings but most of what you will need is covered. You can toggle a few things to increase the speed of the browser, switch off mobile view, and there a couple of privacy settings for those who want to rid their browser of any tracks.
Opera [iTunes Link]