Opera has just graced Windows Mobile users with an update to its popular Opera Mini web browser, allowing them to join Android and BlackBerry users in enjoying version 5.1’s improved feature set. Unlike Opera Mobile, which renders websites locally, Opera Mini performs the majority of its rendering server-side, meaning that pages are delivered faster and using less bandwidth. The tradeoff to this speed is that certain sites are not rendered totally correctly, and when zoomed out to a full-page overview, even headline-size text is blocky and unreadable.
Despite these drawbacks, the small memory footprint (with regards to both RAM usage and program storage) has made Mini a must-have on many lower-spec devices or those with limited data allocations. According to the Oslo-based developer, Opera Mini 5.1 brings quite a few welcome changes to a browser which already closely mimics the features and GUI of its Mobile brother. Such upgrades include the ability to set Mini as the default browser, support for auto-rotation and higher-DPI displays, allegedly “improved page layout and font rendering,” and finally, more advanced configuration settings.
Opera Mini 5.1 is available for download immediately from the company’s main web portal, or by visiting m.opera.com on a mobile browser with mobile user agent string.