It’s never a bad thing being spoiled for choice, and when it comes to web browsers we indeed have a few to choose from. Opera browser is one such choice, and it has always had a fairly good reputation, and I do appreciate them making such good browsers for mobile devices. I even recall using Opera on my N95 in lieu of the rather average built in browser.
Opera 11 boasts a very modern looking UI, features usually only seen on a PC, and runs at a decent speed too, unlike Firefox. It’s good to see that even once the choice to run Opera is made, we are once again spoiled, with a slew of configurable options to choose from too.
The zooming options are rather well implemented, being buttons on the screen, leaving my volume button for volume which I love, and the Opera webpage boasts that it does not suffer from any checker boarding. Checker boarding is something that I deal with often with MicroB, and its great that it isn’t present here, which current usage has shown to be true.
One point where I found MicroB still trumps Opera is that MicroB can still render many full sites better, and doesn’t jump into mobile sites. Facebook for one is where MicroB does well, but Opera simply jumps to the silly mobile version. If the mobile version is what you want though, it runs very well on Opera.
Opera 11 is a fantastic browser, and I would recommend it to anyone to give it a spin. For me, it is my backup browser when MicroB decides to have its time of the month. You can grab it from the Extras-testing repository and all warnings to anything you pickup from extras repositories. So what are you waiting for?