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Opera Mini Hands-On – A Small, But Powerful Browser

by Sean P. Aune | January 23, 2015January 23, 2015 12:00 pm EST

Browsing on any mobile device is handy, but how much of your data plan can be eaten up by browsing? Luckily this is where Opera Mini comes in handy.

Opera Mini is a handy mobile browser that has a lot of nifty tricks up its sleeve, but one of the biggest selling points definitely has to be the ability to save some of your valuable data. Even when you visit a mobile site, a lot of things are being loaded in the background, and pictures are typically just scaled down desktop versions which means they are larger than you really need. Opera Mini can take care of all of this with a data-savings mode which strips out parts of a web page, reduce the number of pixels in an image and so on all in an effort to keep the page from gobbling up more of your data plan than it really needs to.

But I am sure some of you are thinking, “but I have unlimited data, why should I care?” Have you ever travelled internationally? If you have, then you know how much international data can cost you. This would definitely be one of those opportune times  to try out Opera Mini.

Opera Mini isn’t just about saving you on data, though. It also includes features such as Speed Dial that will let you stay up to date with your favorite sites right on the start page. And if you’re feeling like trying something new, the Discover feature shows you the best of what’s going on around the Web in a handy page that lets you just tap and check them out. And if you don’t want Opera knowing your passwords or history, Private Tabs are perfect for you and will delete all of that info as soon as you close the tab.

Opera Mini 9.1 is currently only available for iOS, however. You can download Opera Mini from the App Store for both the iPhone and the iPad. Currently the browser supports iPhones (5 and later), iPads (2 and later), and iPod Touches (5 and later) running iOS 7 or later. Other versions are available for Android, Windows Phone and some basic phones.

This post and video was sponsored by Opera.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...