Opera Mini updated for iPad, nothing to write home about

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I guess I should be more patriotic towards Opera, seeing as how it comes from my home country of Norway and all- but I’ve never really had much love for it. Since neither Chrome nor Firefox is available on the iPad though, I still wanted to give it a try now that it was just updated for the iPad. Unfortunately, I still don’t have much good to say about it. The first time I tried loading NBT the app crashed. The second time it loaded the mobile version meant for the iPhone- despite the fact that mobile view was turned off and the fact that the iPad’s original user agent (browser identification) doesn’t even trigger the mobile view. On the bright side, it’s free, so you can head over to iTunes and try it yourself- maybe you’ll have more luck than I did. I for one haven’t quite given up hope of a decent browser with both Xmarks and LastPass built in, but I’m just about to….

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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One thought on “Opera Mini updated for iPad, nothing to write home about

  • Avatar of Matthew B.

    Opera mini really has no use if you are not limited by data. But if you are it is amazing solution. Also the mobile view in the settings has nothing to do with user agent, and is more relevant to feature phones with small screen- it renders the page in special list view so that you don’t have to scroll left or right.

    Opera mini always goes for mobile versions of sites, as it always tries to be “mini” in terms of data consumed. Opera mobile is the real deal that beats many browsers out there (on android it kills both iPhone’s safari and android stock browser), unfortunately with apple’s policies we won’t see it on iOS.


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