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Opera Mini browser 6 times faster than Safari on iPhone

Opera Software today announced its plans for the show--namely, the debut of Opera Mini for the iPhone. This is a unique opportunity to introduce the fast, feature-rich Opera Mini experience for the iPhone, and to showcase their latest beta releases of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini on other platforms and devices. Opera's mission is to bring the Web to the world, and by making Opera Mini available on yet another platform, they are one step closer.

The application will not be "publicly available" at the event, according to the company. The big question here, of course is, whether it will ever make it past the App Store vetting process. Apple, after all, has been notoriously stable on its policy against allowing applications it deems repetitious of the phone's existing functionality--i.e. apps like Safari, the phone's default browser.

The Opera Mini browser will also provide savings for iPhone users who travel the globe and for many users on pay per MB or while roaming, Opera Mini will reduce browsing cost up to 90%.

Opera Mini is designed with usability in mind, additional features include tabbed browsing, speed dial and password manager.

More than 31.9 million users use Opera Mini to surf the web on their mobile devices. Opera is hoping to further increase their market share by bring their mobile browser to the more than 42 million people that use the iPhone across the globe.

Some important features that why everyone should prefer Opera:

  • PC-style browsing: Dimension gives a full overview of the page just like a PC browser.
  • Jump to it: Opera Mini automatically suggests a place to begin reading so you don't have to scroll endlessly through navigation links that often appear at the top of mobile-rendered WebPages.
  • Dynamic scrolling: the browser changes the size of the text and images to assist navigation without unnecessary scrolling.
  • Point to it: virtual mouse makes it easy to scroll in all four directions.
  • Navigate the page: hitting 2, 4, 6 and 8 scrolls up, left, right and down and pressing 5, zooms in and out.
  • Performance: apparently the browser is much faster than other "anonymous" mobile browsers.
  • Fit to width: changes the page into a vertical column negating the need to scroll horizontally.
  • And more... Opera Software promises to unveil more "crazy stuff" shortly.