Opera Mobile 9.5 was just announced with a compelling set of features. But don’t confuse Opera Mobile, which costs $24, with the free Opera Mini. The difference is that Opera Mini is geared for small-screen mobile devices such as cellphones, whereas Opera Mobile works on smartphones running Windows Mobile.
After looking at the Opera Mobile 9.5 screenshot pictured to the right you’ll quickly notice that it takes some cues from the iPhone. Is that a bad thing? Not at all. The iPhone was one of the first devices that really showed us that our browsing experience doesn’t have to be compromised simply because we’re using a mobile device.
I give Opera a lot of credit though because they made sure to fix some of the biggest complaints that I’ve heard with Safari running on the iPhone. With Opera Mobile 9.5 you can save a website to the device for offline access, store passwords so that they don’t have to be typed over and over again, and even copy text! What might be even more important, however, is the compatibility Opera Mobile has with Flash Lite. Yep, you can get all of the YouTube videos without needing an external application.
Here’s a look at some of the other useful features you’ll find in Opera Mobile 9.5:
- Intuitive user interface
- Tabbed browsing
- Improved text wrap
- Page overview, zooming and panning
- Landscape mode
- Call phone number from Web page
- Send link as SMS/MMS
- Send image as SMS/MMS
- Small Screen Rendering
- Web address input auto-completion
- History and bookmarks
- Opera Widgets
If you really want to see how it all works checkout this video put together by Opera: