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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2011
I haven't been thrilled with the Android's stock browser experience, so I wanted to try out some other options. I have to say, I was going to try Firefox 4 first, but for whatever reason, I couldn't find it on the Android Marketplace and my phone just wasn't having it. So, I decided to look at some other options and found Opera. I've never used Opera before, on the phone or my PC, but I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised.
What I like:
It actually *is* faster than the stock browser. I was skeptical that I'd notice the difference, but I absolutely do. Even on WiFi, the stock browser could take upwards of 10 seconds to load a page. It was absurd. This loads a page in about half the time.
The "Speed Dial" feature -- when you open up Opera, you instantly go to a page that you can either type in a web address... or pick from any number of the addresses you choose as your "speed dial" pages. This both saves time, so I don't have to fudge around my big fingers typing in addresses to frequent sites, and I think will serve as quick-access to several of the blogs and newspapers I read online... so I don't have to carry their Apps on my phone.
What I don't like:
The size of the file listed on Amazon's site was wrong. It says 12 MB, but it was really 22. That may not matter to most people, but my phone's Achilles heel is it doesn't have a lot of internal storage. *Thankfully* you CAN save the file to your SD card, so it wasn't the end of the world, but I very nearly would have had to delete apps just to add this one in the first place -- something I probably wouldn't have done.
When it comes to browsing experiences, we all value different things and have our own favorites, but this seems like a great option for Android. This certainly merits a try.