Linked by David Adams on Wed 14th Apr 2010 19:46 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Take a look at this link to the worldwide Apple iTunes App Store top ten lists. Currently, Opera's Mini Web Browser is the #1 free app in every country. Is it just curiosity, or is there really big demand for an alternative web browser for the iPhone? (As for me, I downloaded it, tried it for 2-3 minutes, and went back to Safari. Did everyone else do that too?)
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Comment by foobaz
by foobaz on Wed 14th Apr 2010 20:12 UTC
foobaz
Member since:
2009-12-05

"tried it for 2-3 minutes, and went back to Safari"

Yea, that's what I did.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Comment by foobaz
by MarkG on Fri 16th Apr 2010 12:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by foobaz"
MarkG Member since:
2010-04-16

Then you are in a minority. Most people trying Opera Mini are keeping it.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/04/15/app-watch-opera-mini-app-top...

Reply Score: 1

sultanqasim
Member since:
2006-10-28

Probably most people downloaded it to try for a minute or two and dump, but some people probably kept it to become their main browser. I downloaded it just in case they choose to pull it, and I don't even have a single iPhoneOS device...

Reply Score: 2

Above for me
by nathbeadle on Wed 14th Apr 2010 20:46 UTC
nathbeadle
Member since:
2006-08-08

Downloaded it to try it out, and also to have incase they pulled it later (there have been a few good apps that got pulled before I could get them!).

I'm hanging on to it for the times when my connection is brutally slow as the no-refresh-when-going-back is nice, but besides that it's back to Safari for me.

Reply Score: 3

Comment by mutantsushi
by mutantsushi on Wed 14th Apr 2010 21:51 UTC
mutantsushi
Member since:
2006-08-18

Anybody stuck using EDGE alot, or worried about exceeding the limited dataplan would probably find this useful for most web-browsing (as opposed to sites where you log-in, compose messages, and generally interact more with the site).
If Opera was on it, they should include an easy way to "open this site in Safari", minimizing the problem when you switch from 'read-only' sites to one you want to interact with.

I wonder how many people who download this will wonder how much more useful Opera could be if it didn't have to abide by Apple's no-runtime rule banning it's own HTML and Javascript engines. That would be the rule looking out for it's customer's best experience. Or to stop confusion. Or something.

Edited 2010-04-14 21:52 UTC

Reply Score: 4

RE: Comment by mutantsushi
by WereCatf on Wed 14th Apr 2010 22:00 UTC in reply to "Comment by mutantsushi"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I wonder how many people who download this will wonder how much more useful Opera could be if it didn't have to abide by Apple's no-runtime rule banning it's own HTML and Javascript engines.

Unfortunately, non-geek audience will not know or understand that and will most likely just see Opera as a "bad browser." I feel sorry for Opera developers as this will generate bad reputation for them for no reason of their own doing :/ I don't use Opera myself, but I still think limiting developers from adding features that end-users will want and need is a horrible practice from Apple and really unfair, for both Opera and their customers ;)

Reply Score: 6

Comment by OSNevvs
by OSNevvs on Wed 14th Apr 2010 22:07 UTC
OSNevvs
Member since:
2009-08-20

As for me, I downloaded it, tried it for 2-3 minutes, and went back to Safari


That just doesn't make any sense.

Anyway, take a look at the comments on the Opera Mini home page, people seem to be loving it.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Comment by OSNevvs
by Tuishimi on Wed 14th Apr 2010 23:02 UTC in reply to "Comment by OSNevvs"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes. On my own website people LOVE me...

"Mike ROCKS!" -Bob
"This world would stink if Mike weren't in it!" -Pete
"I want to have his babies!" -Scarlett Johansson
"He should be our next POTUS!" -Jimmy Carter
"Can I borrow some money?" -George

Edited 2010-04-14 23:03 UTC

Reply Score: 7

Safari is way too slow for me somehow !!!
by ntt2k on Wed 14th Apr 2010 22:27 UTC
ntt2k
Member since:
2010-04-14

Safari is way too slow for me somehow !!! Yes I do have 3G plan! After use Opera mini, I like it and it became my main browser on my iphone.

Reply Score: 2

Installed it...
by ArcadeFX on Wed 14th Apr 2010 23:35 UTC
ArcadeFX
Member since:
2005-07-06

I like it and wonder if an iPad version will come out.

Reply Score: 1

Semi useful
by mrhasbean on Thu 15th Apr 2010 00:05 UTC
mrhasbean
Member since:
2006-04-03

I downloaded it purely for those occasions where I can't get a reasonable 3G signal and need to quickly check something on the 'net. There is no way I could use it for everyday browsing in it's current form - but it is only a version 1, so like everything expect improvement.

Reply Score: 2

Somewhat faster, hideous interface
by elmimmo on Thu 15th Apr 2010 08:14 UTC
elmimmo
Member since:
2005-09-17

Just what value did Opera thought their custom widgets bring over iPhone OS'?

The UI functionality is hideous: scrolling, pop-up menues, toolbar, title bar (why is there one, to begin with?). They are evidently worse than what the OS provides. Why redoing everything (and do it badly)?

Still, I guess it is pretty cool for people (like teenagers) trying to save money on their data plan.

Reply Score: 1

2-3 minutes before I reverted
by urkrobshaw on Thu 15th Apr 2010 14:13 UTC
urkrobshaw
Member since:
2009-02-01

A website I visit almost daily has a weird javascript menu, which works fine in every desktop browser i've tried (IE6, 7, 8, Firefox PC & Mac, Opera, Safari PC & Mac), and works fine in iphone safari.

Opera mini refuses to do anything with it.
I touch it, no dropdown appears, but it zooms in.

I want a single browser which handles all the basics on the sites i visit, so i've stopped using it.

I'll keep it installed incase Apple remove it from the store, but probably won't us it.

Funny thing is the opera mini browser on my 4 year old extremely limited GPRS only Nokia phone handles that menu perfectly fine!

Reply Score: 1

RE: 2-3 minutes before I reverted
by bodyno on Thu 15th Apr 2010 19:51 UTC in reply to "2-3 minutes before I reverted"
bodyno Member since:
2010-04-15

You know that, due to apple's restrictions, opera CAN'T include a javascript interpreter in their software, right?

They try to simulate some of the javascript with their remote servers. But stop being so partial, it's Apple's fault if it can't handle it all.

If opera had been accepted, it's solely because Apple knew that without javascript most users would hate it without even thinking further (see: you).

Reply Score: 1

google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

So because its not operas fault, he should keep using their crappy software?

Reply Score: 2

Comment by Machster
by Machster on Thu 15th Apr 2010 14:44 UTC
Machster
Member since:
2007-05-15

If I want full features I use iCab. If I want speed I will use Opera.

Safari lacks both features, especially full screen, and speed so why use it?

Edited 2010-04-15 14:45 UTC

Reply Score: 2

RE: Comment by Machster
by David on Fri 16th Apr 2010 20:52 UTC in reply to "Comment by Machster"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

We're talking about the iPhone here, not the Mac. On the Mac, I'm all about Chrome. I don't care for the desktop version of Safari.

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: Comment by Machster
by Machster on Sat 17th Apr 2010 00:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Machster"
Machster Member since:
2007-05-15

That's right, we are.

Reply Score: 1

didn't make it to one minute
by google_ninja on Fri 16th Apr 2010 13:37 UTC
google_ninja
Member since:
2006-02-05

installed, opened one page, tried scrolling, and uninstalled it. There is no excuse for making iPhone software that looks and behaves so poorly.

Reply Score: 2