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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by spirit44, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. spirit44

    spirit44 Member
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    Hi

    still thinking about getting a desire, has anyone put opera mini 5 on their desire? does it work well? how does it compare with the in built browser

    i am often in areas with only GPRS coverage, so opera mini makes using the net bearable there, so its important to me
     

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  2. antipesto93

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    it works, but i prefer the built in one:)
     
  3. byron_hinson

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    Same here - tried it and uninstalled it a few hours later. Just prefer the one that comes with the desire. The Opera one isn't bad, its just not as good or as user friendly in my view
     
  4. spirit44

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    lol, i found the N97 browser so slow and unstable i actually never used it. Things are certainly different here......
     
  5. Yenzehn

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    Opera mini is pretty useful when on a 2G network, otherwise I prefer the stock browser.
     
  6. lekky

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    The built in browser is great on the Desire.
     
  7. StevenSeed

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    No real need for Opera on HTC as the built-in browser does pretty much everything you need a browser to do.

    In fact, I would consider Opera a 'step-down', if that makes sense.
     
  8. Anthony1

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    Apart from close.

    Spend a while browsing and you've got a choice of either
    'back,back,back,back.back,back,back,exit or 'Task Killer, end task'

    It's one of the reasons I use Dolphin. There's an actual exit button.

    Apart from that the default one is pretty good. I still prefer Dolphin though.
     
  9. StevenSeed

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    It does close - you can just hit the 'home' button and it's gone. Even better, when you go back to it it's in exactly the same place you left it! :)

    ..unless I've missed something?!
     
  10. Anthony1

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    Yes, you've missed something ;) That doesn't close it. It minimises it. There's a difference.
     
  11. StevenSeed

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    Okay, but does it make any different whether it's minimised or closed? At least if it's minimised it saves its position so you can return back to where you left off if you have to close it quickly.

    By the way, I'm not trying to be clever or answer you back, I'm genuinely interested. If minimising it is in some way harming my phone or effecting its operation I'd like to know!! :(
     
  12. lekky

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    It isn't damaging anything, in actual fact you're using the phone in the exact manner it was designed to be used!
     
  13. StevenSeed

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    ...so what advantage does a browser closing have over one that minimises...? Or is this just a personal preference?
     
  14. nx1977

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    I hope they release Opera Mobile 10. Loved it on my Nokia

    Never liked Opera mini myself as too many sites on my N96 didnt load properly, or work well.
     
  15. hot-fuzz

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    I used Opera 5 for about 2 minutes before i reaised it was too frustrating.
    Went back to stock, then moved to dolphin and love it.
     
  16. gogol

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    Same here :) Opera Mini works very well ... almost, except their (proxy) servers are too slow now. Probably because of a lot of people are using it.

    The thing is that HTC Desire is so damn fast! If you are connected via Wi-Fi / 3G, you really dont need server side rendering web browser.

    But, if you are connected via 2D/EDGE for example, yeah ... Opera Mini will help.

     
  17. lekky

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    Not much really. Depends if you want it to open at your homepage or the last page viewed i guess.
     
  18. snowmobile

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    Have you tried using the windows function on the built in browser? If you press menu and select windows you can close individual windows using the X in the top right corner of each window. You can then open new windows as and when required. You need to keep one window open but that can be simply your homepage.

    I've tried Opera Mini and Dolphin on a 2G signal but I still prefer the built in browser and I haven't noticed much difference in speed. You lose the pinch and zoom facility with Opera Mini.
     
  19. Lukehluke

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    I personally prefer the built in one.

    Would be nice if I could sync it with my Chrome browser on my Mac.
     
  20. Lukehluke

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    I personally prefer the built in one.

    Would be nice if I could sync it with my Chrome browser on my Mac.
     
  21. dinosaurgal

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    I'm on HTC Magic and I realized for it's built-in browser and Opera Mini, I can't find a button to completely exit from those.
    Yeah, I can hit home button, but the browsers are still running at the back. It's like what you guys are saying, minimizing it.
    So, the best option for me is just to install task killer app?
     
  22. wuthton

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    Another vote for Dolphin here, I just prefer its UI.
     
  23. hot-fuzz

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    I got rid of dolphin.
    It annoyed me too much that when you hit a link the whole page moves down and if you had hold of the link a microsecond too long it selects the one above it.
    May just be me, but the native browser is now my most used.
     
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