Opera Mini for iOS Gets Major Update, Faster Browsing Included

It’ll be interesting to see if Apple gives Safari a facelift in the upcoming iOS 5 update. It’s already rumored that several areas like voice control will receive an overhaul, but will the tiny browser see any improvements?

If you’re not currently happy with Apple’s default browser, there are several alternatives in the App Store. iCab and Atomic are awesome choices, but what about Opera Mini? Even if you didn’t like the browser before, you might want to check out the latest update…

I’ve tried Opera Mini as a browser replacement on my iPhone before, and let’s just say it didn’t last long. But when I started noticing several media outlets reporting the major update, I had to check it out again.

The improved user interface is gorgeous and features convenient access to favorite websites and browser settings. Tapping the O launches a neat and easy to read menu. In my opinion, the highlight of the browser is the tab system.

Open pages are organized in a stack of previews that make switching between websites a breeze. Each window is accessible on demand, without having to wait for the page to reload.

Combine the unique tab feature with some nice upgrades like pinch to zoom and retina display compatibility, and you’ve got yourself a nice little browser. I especially liked the ability to share articles with Facebook and Twitter friends, with just a single tap.

While the update turns Opera Mini into a contender in the 3rd party browser arena, it’s still not suitable as a Safari replacement. Even with tweaks like Browser Changer, you’re still forced into Safari on a number of occasions. Opera Mini is available for free in the App Store.

iDB wants to know, do you like the new Opera Mini? What browser do you prefer?