Opera Mini 6 Brief Review and First Impressions

By Jamie Pert - Mar 22, 2011

Earlier we told you that Opera Mini 6 was now available for download, now I have had a chance to install it (version 6.0.24209) on my BlackBerry Bold 9700 (running OS 6.0) and I must say that it seems a lot faster than previous version of Opera Mini I have used before.

Now that I have had roughly 20 mins of hands on time with the browser I have noticed that web pages load far quicker than before, also when you zoom in and pan around websites images and other content seems to render with less of a delay.

The browser’s start page is still simple and effective, when you press the BlackBerry button you see a redesigned drop-down menu, here you can find a neat new feature which allows you to quickly and easily share websites with social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Opera Mini 6’s tab browsing functionality is better than the last version, simply click and hold on a link to open a link in the background, this allows the tab to load whilst you check out the page you are on, switching between tabs could be easier as on my BlackBerry it requires me to press my BlackBerry button and then use the optical trackpad to select the tab I want, shortcut keys would be much nicer.

We are reliably informed that YouTube video support is improved compared to previous Opera Mini versions, I tested out its functionality it seemed fine, however I never had a problem with this feature in Opera Mini 5 so I didn’t really notice any major improvements.

According to the official Opera blog there are lot of less noticeable changes as well, these include bug fixes, improved pinch-to-zoom and tap-to-zoom support (obviously unavailable on my Bold 9700), an improved UI for tablets and better font support.

You can download Opera for your mobile (Android, BlackBerry, Java or Symbian) here, if you have never used Opera Mini before you should definitely check it out, equally if you are happily using Opera Mini 5 it is well-worth updating to this new version of the software.

Have you installed Opera Mini 6 on your mobile device? If so, will you continue to use it?

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