Whether you’re packing an iPhone or a free-with-a-plan phone, the Opera Mini browser is a sweet little application. It’s a browser designed to minimize the volume of data that a mobile phone CPU needs to download to render a webpage, by compressing it on Opera servers somewhere in the cloud, and in some instances pre-rendering the page before sending it along to the phone.
There’s a huge potential market for Opera’s bandwidth-saving browser: Internet addicts who don’t have an unlimited data plan.
PC World writer Jared Newman has listed five reasons that iPhone users should try Opera. Reason Number One? Speed. Other reasons: Speed dial buttons for websites, in-page search that’s strangely missing from Apple’s Safari browser on the iPhone, and productivity enhancers including variable font size, full-screen mode, adjustable image quality — lower quality downloads a lot faster — and Opera Mini will save your website passwords, which Safari won’t.
Opera browsers have about 3 percent market share among the entire series, according to Net Applications. It’s likely that Opera users on mobile phones aren’t necessarily using the Opera desktop browser on their full-size computers.