I’ve wanted to like Opera Mini, I really have. I’m a longtime big fan of Opera’s Web
browser for OS X, so it seemed a fairly logical leap that their iOS browser offering would appeal, too. It didn’t.
I didn’t like the user interface aesthetics or the way it worked, and it wasn’t especially speedy. Worst of all, Opera mini’s support of cut/copy/paste was even worse than the iOS norm, which is at
best pretty mediocre. As one who does a lot of online research, text selection and transfer are a vital element of the Web browsing process for me, and even if everything else had been hunky dory,
Opera Mini’s shortcomings in that department would’ve rendered it a non-starter for my usage.
So, when I heard that Opera Software had given Opera Mini’s interface and feature set their most comprehensive and substantial update to date with the release of Opera Mini 8, I was
enthusiastically hopeful that the issues I’ve found plaguing earlier versions would be fixed.
Mostly, they have. Plus, some of the new features brought over from Opera for OS X (and unique to Opera mini among iOS browsers) are extremely cool, especially integration of not just one but
two levels of data compression in order to enhance speed and minimize bandwidth demands when you’re on slow networks or the bandwidth usage meter is running. Opera Mini 8 also gets a new, native,
flat design UI look for…