By Brandon Miniman | November 27, 2008 3:56 AM
Recently we did a comparison video of Opera Mobile 9.5 and the new version of Skyfire to determine which was faster. It turned out that Skyfire was about three times faster loading pages, thanks to its server-side rendering that makes it a bit easier on your device to load pages.
Since we’re trying to find the fastest browser, here is a video comparing Skyfire and Opera Mini. For those that don’t know, Opera Mini is Opera’s “browser” product that also utilizes server-side rendering.
Opera Mini has been around for a while now and has become a refined product with a huge user base of 20 million. It opens in a rapid-fast 3 seconds, and page loads are very quick. It also gives the user more control over how pages display than Skyfire does. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support flash, and in most cases, it’s not as fast as Skyfire. That said, at the end I declared Skyfire the fastest browser.
If you want to try Opera Mini for yourself, point your mobile browser to www.operamini.com, and for Skyfire, enter www.get.skyfire.com. Both are free.