I think it's safe to say that the launch of Opera Mini on the iPhone was a success!
Not only is Opera Mini the most downloaded application in the App Store, but the coverage in the press and blogosphere has been amazing. There is also a lot of very valuable feedback from people who know the various Apple platforms well, and they can help our Opera Mini team focus their resources for any future improvements to Opera Mini.
But while hearing from the Apple fans is great, a lot of the feedback is dominated by very specific things that have to do with platform integration and such. A different and equally important question is: What are people who are not necessarily long-time Apple fans saying? Those who came to use Apple products through iPods or iPhones, and don't necessarily have a deep knowledge of the Mac platform? …
To find out, I took a few minutes to look through some YouTube video reviews of Opera Mini on the iPhone. It turns out that YouTube is a great source of honest, personal reviews from regular people who might not normally have their voice heard. And I must say that the reviews I found from people out there are quite amazing.
I have summarized some of these video reviews below, so take a look, and please do watch their video reviews, and feel free to rate their videos and comment on them as a thanks for their efforts!
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- "Just incredible!"
- "Super, super speedy!"
- "Really smooth browser!"
- "Loads incredibly fast!"
- "Just pure, incredible speed!"
- "This is a crazy fast browser!"
- "Everything just runs a lot smoother!"
- "I just have no words for this browser. It's just AMAZING!"
- "I'm officially switching to Opera. This browser is great!"
thetechzonelive's biggest complaint about the iPhone is Safari. It's slow! He finds Opera Mini's speed "just incredible"– "just pure, incredible speed". He also likes both the prewrapped text columns and the zooming and panning. His words for Apple are that "this is very sad, Apple. Your browser is horrible." About Opera, he says that "I have no words for this browser. It's just AMAZING", "pure amazing compared to the built-in browser."
Ditechite really likes that there is no checkerboard when scrolling. He would have liked to be able to set a manual zoom level, but still prefers Opera Mini to Safari. His conclusion is that Opera Mini is "pretty much the best browser on the iPod touch and the iPhone to date" – "so much better than Safari".
Appleinf0 finds Opera Mini to be a "way better alternative to Safari". It's faster and more useful, and has more features. He likes both Speed Dial and Opera's zooming implementation.
ItunesAppReviews had heard great things about Opera Mini, and will probably start using it since it's a lot faster than Safari. He definitely recommends it, and rates it 5/5 stars. "Everything just runs a lot smoother" he says.
iCrazeiPhone says that Opera Mini really beats Safari: "Look how quick that was!" I also think this was a brilliant statement: "If you are using the internet all the time: Opera Mini – that's the way to go!"
jnmiami actually thinks Safari is good, but he would "definitely choose Opera Mini because it's a lot better!" He really likes the way the tabbed browsing works.
TheRoyalTech thinks Opera has "really great" features, such as the "very smooth" tabbed browsing, and "the famous Speed Dial." He says that "pages do load very fast," and he likes that pages don't reload when he navigates back. He finds the long-press context menus more user-friendly than Safari, and likes the password manager as well. He thinks Opera Mini is "very snappy, very quick" – "something definitely opera excels on, and has my props for it." His only gripe is that there is no manual zoom level, although it works well for the most part. Overall, he gives Opera Mini a very good rating.
duncan33303 finds Opera Mini "super, super speedy." Like so many others, he likes the instant back button. And he says when comparing it to Safari: "Believe me guys, it's way faster!" He likes the "search with selected text" feature, and thinks "find in page" is a "fantastic feature." He concludes that "Opera Mini is a really, really great browser", and he would particularly recommend it to users of the original iPhone.
UrbnGeek actually likes Opera Mini's tap zoom better than Safari's zoom. Although he misses the "bounce" at the edge of the page, he seems impressed by Opera Mini: "Pages and images seem to just load flawlessly, and pretty quick."
ItsOnBTV thinks Opera Mini is a "really smooth browser, not like Safari." When loading Apple's site he notes that it "loads incredibly fast", and Twitter "flies open". He seems to find Opera to be very fast! He also likes the instant back navigation – "boom, boom, boom" he says as he smoothly and quickly navigates back without pages reloading. He says that "this is a crazy fast browser. Way better than Safari." His words to Apple are: "I'm sorry apple, but you guys got schooled on this app,", but he also gives "props to apple for showing some balls and releasing something that's better than their browser". He concludes: "I'm officially switching to Opera. This browser is great!"
Do you have any other reviews to share? I'm particularly interested in "regular people", and not necessarily the long-time Mac users who have very strict requirements for what they consider a proper iApplication. The feedback from you Apple fans is of course very important, but face it, Apple is now reaching way beyond its Mac niche. It has reached new people, and I think it's important to hear their stories too!