Opera 8.5 Beta for Windows Mobile

I’ve just tried out Opera’s new web browser beta for Windows Mobile 2003 and 5.0. On my Dell Axim X50v it was a revelation compared to any other mobile browser I’ve ever used. It’s pretty fast, supports VGA including landscape, and renders pages with far more features than any other mobile browser I’ve ever used.

With Carsurvey.org, it renders things as well as a desktop browser would given a tiny screen size (unfortunately the current Carsurvey.org CSS layout doesn’t degrade well for sub 800 pixel wide screens). I was especially impressed that my CSS tabbed menu system rendered correctly, and Google AdSense ads (with their heavy use of JavaScript) worked too.

5 thoughts on “Opera 8.5 Beta for Windows Mobile

  1. steven Post author

    I’ve used Netfront quite a bit, but Opera is in a different class in my opinion. 10 minutes after trying Opera, I’d uninstalled Netfront. That pretty much says it all.

  2. steven Post author

    There’s already a Pocket PC browser based on Mozilla – Minimo. Unfortunately it still seems to be a bit of a work in progress. I couldn’t get the latest version to run on my X50v, although it can be made to work apparently.

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