Opera Mobile 10 beta features overview

The Opera Mobile browser has become a standard for communicators on the Windows Mobile platform. For more than a year, almost all manufacturers have been installing different versions of Opera Mobile 9.x instead of IE on their devices. Surely, many users have been waiting for the "tens" to appear and want to know how it differs from "the already convenient Opera Mobile 9.5" and whether it is necessary to switch to a new version with its release? We will talk about all this in an overview of the capabilities of the Opera Mobile 10 beta browser.

Supported Standards

Browser standards support was tested in the simplest (although not the most accurate) way, by loading a test page designed specifically to test the capabilities of mobile browsers.

To start testing, go to the http://www.w3.org/2008/06/mobile-test/ page from the device in the browser and wait for it to load. After that, we compare the results obtained (a table of squares, depending on the color of each square, it depends whether the browser supports one or another standard) with the decryption page presented on the site. This page is easier to open on a computer.

Out of the tests on the page, the Opera Mobile 10 browser passed all but two: "iframe inclusing of XHTML-served-as-XML content" and "contenteditable". Those who wish to know the details can follow the links above. The browser supports CSS standards, CSS2 and CSS3, Ajax, HTTPS, dynamic animation.

In practice, the browser correctly displays all modern sites, including web 2.0 services and portals, such as Google Maps and Yandex maps, Gmail and other Google services (Calendar, Google Reader). All of these sites work in Opera Mobile 10 just like they do in a desktop browser.

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There are no problems with the support of different encodings (including for the Russian language) in the program. The Opera Mobile 10 browser, like the previous version, automatically adapts to the display resolution of the device on which it is installed. If it is a widescreen resolution, such as 240x400 or 480x800 pixels, there will be no problem either.

Express Dial

In the previous version, you could set the default page to load the browser to. In Opera Mobile 10, a different scheme is used, as in the desktop version, this is the so-called. express panel. When you start the browser, you see a line for entering the address, a field for starting a search (in the browser version for the CIS, the default search will be from Yandex), and the rest of the space is occupied by an express panel consisting of nine thumbnails of bookmarks.

Clicking on the thumbnail starts loading the site. If the user needs to start loading another site, just select the tab icon in the bottom panel. Its implementation deserves special attention.

Tabs

In Opera Mobile 9.5, you could keep up to three tabs open, not much, but usually enough. True, switching between them was not very convenient, but people got used to it. In Opera Mobile 10, there is no limit on the number of open tabs, more precisely, it probably is, at least theoretical, but I did not load more than 12 tabs at the same time, so I will not say whether 20 work or not.

The tab switching system is very convenient in my opinion. There is an icon at the bottom, when clicked, a small menu appears, about a quarter of the screen, it contains thumbnails of open tabs with sites. These thumbnails are superimposed on each other so that you can see a small piece of each site, just enough to understand what kind of site it is. Obviously, if you have 10 tabs open, it will be difficult to see anything in this carousel of thumbnails.

In this case, you can hold your finger on the first thumbnail in this panel and move it to the right or left, while the thumbnail on which the finger will be at a given moment in time increases, so finding a specific open site becomes more or less easy. It can be argued that the system is not at all convenient, but within the framework of mobile devices, in my opinion, this is an almost ideal solution, provided that the user can open a dozen tabs and wants to move between them. To close a tab, there is a corresponding icon (cross) next to each thumbnail.

The only downside I've noticed about the tab system is the browser's gluttony. Moreover, even with 10 open tabs, Opera “eats” the same 4.5 MB of RAM, as if one or two tabs were open. But the CPU usage of the browser with a dozen open tabs sometimes increases to 75%, and in this case the device itself starts to work slowly. But, I hope this is a problem of the beta version and it will be solved by the release of the final "top ten".

Bookmarks

The browser allows you to save an unlimited number of bookmarks. To view them, you need to go to the menu section of the same name. Each bookmark has a title that is visible in the list, as well as an icon (usually an icon that appears next to the address bar). As a rule, the icon is loaded into bookmarks after the selected page has been completely loaded by the browser, however, as in the previous version of the browser, icons are not always saved in bookmarks in the top ten.

In the bookmarks menu there is a function to add new sites to the list. In the same window, you can delete individual bookmarks or entire folders.

You can save bookmarks not only in the general list, but also create folders for individual sites inside the bookmarks menu. This is convenient, you can divide sites into work, entertainment and others, as is usually the case when working on a computer. I note that, as in version 9.5, Opera Mobile 10 does not have the ability to create a backup copy of bookmarks.

Handling clicks, highlighting links

Any link in the browser can be opened in two ways. First, by simply clicking on the link, in this case the link will start loading in the current page. The second way, holding your finger or pen on the link for a couple of seconds, then a special menu will appear in which you can choose to open the link in a new tab.

If the browser is installed on a device without control keys, then you will have to select links with simple clicks. For devices with joysticks, trackballs and other controls, the browser has a cursor that can be used to select even the smallest elements on the page.

In the mode of displaying the page in the original size, by moving the cursor you can also select the part of the site that you want to see in the selected scale.

Page display

Algorithms for displaying the page in the browser, as in previous versions, are excellent. There are two display options: mobile view or standard view. With mobile, everything is simple, the content of the page is pulled out into a tube and displayed in the most convenient form for reading on a small screen.

In the default setting, the page is displayed "as is", that is, as it would be displayed by a browser on your desktop computer. At the same time, when scaling (increasing or decreasing) the page, it is automatically redrawn for the best display of text.

Compared to Opera Mobile 9.5, the top ten has one important feature, if earlier the user was free to scale the page as he liked, now there is only a general plan (the site is displayed "as is") and an increase to the selected scale. And you need to choose it in the settings according to the scale at which you are most comfortable reading the text.

That is, the very possibility of flexible scaling remains, but now it is not so obvious and you won’t be able to use this system all the time, in any case, you must first select the scale value in order to constantly increase the pages to this value. I won’t say that it has become more convenient, it has become easier, yes, but in my opinion, this is some kind of far-fetched simplification that was not required. The old system was more convenient.

As before, scaling automatically aligns the text into an easy-to-read column. The text scale is adjusted throughout the page, and if the text in one part of the site is scaled to fit the page width, then when you go to another part of the site, you will again see the same well-formatted text to fit the screen width. Even if it's a different size. For example, on our site, this could be the news column (on the right), the review text (in the center), or sections of the site. When viewing one part of the site, the text in others is also scaled for better display.

Indicators of your position on the page are the same as in the previous version. They are displayed only when you scroll the text, that is, you do something with the page. Indicators, this is a black dot on the right and a bar at the bottom, by these elements you can understand in which area of ​​​​the site you are. This is convenient when you have greatly enlarged the page from its original resolution and want to move to another area of ​​this page without changing the scale.

When you enter an address, auto-selection works, the browser offers options from the list of pages you visited.

Additional features

The browser supports cookies, which allows you to save identification on various sites, forums, and not enter your passwords every time.

What I didn't like about this feature was the lack of a question about whether to save the password only for the page or for the entire server (this was possible in version 9.5.). Sometimes it is necessary to save the password only for a certain page, in Opera 10 it is saved for the entire server, as far as I understand. Probably, the developers decided to follow the path of maximum simplification of the interface so that the user receives as few questions as possible from the program while using it. Saved passwords, as well as browsing history and cookies, can always be deleted.

Probably, the fact that in Opera Mobile 10 there is no download manager in the menu is connected with the desire to make the browser easier (and maybe with the beta status). Do not think that it is not here, the download manager is present and with its help you can, as before, download various data, be it archives, installation files or something else. However, if previously it was always possible to look into the download menu, now this cannot be done. When uploading a file, the user is prompted to select the folder where the file will be uploaded and that's it. Next, the download occurs in the window, it can be minimized, but it will not work to turn it back, in which case the browser will only notify the user about the completion of the download, and the process itself will not be viewed. This is inconvenient compared to what it was before, when you could any time to check how many percent of the file is downloaded and how much is left.

Among the settings is the ability to block pop-ups, it is standard and is present in many modern browsers, including versions for mobile devices. In addition to the basic standards, the browser displays WAP pages without any problems.

The browser supports displaying flash, therefore, there are no problems with viewing various flash animations on sites, including banners.

One of Bembea Lakisasa Kabisa tens innovations, page saving feature . Load the page and then press the save button in the “Saved pages” menu, after that you can view the contents of the loaded page even if the device is not connected to the network. The function is interesting and may well be in demand among some users.

Another useful feature is to search for text on a page. The found text is highlighted with a marker.

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Opera Turbo. The principle of operation is similar to that in a browser for desktop systems: data, before reaching the user's screen, is compressed on a special server, pictures, in particular, are compressed very strongly and become terrible in quality. At the same time, the speed of work increases slightly, but traffic consumption decreases noticeably, so if you don’t want to use Opera Mini, and the traffic is not rubber, you can turn on the Opera Turbo function in the top ten to save traffic consumption.

Speed

The performance of a browser largely depends on the type of device on which it is installed. In my case it was mainly HTC HD2 communicator with GPRS/EDGE connection. I can’t say that everything “flyed”, it’s impossible when loading heavy sites through the operator’s network, but the speed was good, definitely not worse than in Opera Mobile 9.5 Navigation on the page itself is smooth, without unnecessary jerks, fragments of the page are not yet loaded by the browser are hidden by the background grid instead of a black screen. And, of course, I note that if, like me, you are a fan of keeping 10+ tabs open, then you will most likely still have to get used to some brakes, at least in the beta version.

Impressions

To be honest, the impressions are ambivalent. On the one hand, the top ten has several new and really useful features. For example, after getting acquainted with the tab flipping system and knowing that in Opera 10 you can open a lot of them, not three, there are hardly those people who constantly use a mobile browser and do not want to switch to the top ten. On the other hand, to me personally, the way of simplifying some functions (zoom bar, the ability to send links by email or in a message, the lack of a download manager menu and a password save type selection menu) seems a little wrong. Yes, on the one hand it is useful: more people will be able to start using the browser, learn it and understand it. On the other hand, what about the huge number of existing owners of communicators with Opera 9? After all, some of them probably actively used these functions, some of which are no longer in the top ten, while others have been simplified. Although, perhaps, on the way of the beta to the final, the developers will fix something else and some of the missing functionality will return?

The overall conclusion is very simple and completely predictable - Opera Mobile 10 has improved two of the most important features: tabbed browsing and support for displaying a large number of them. Let's add here all the standard features of the browser: convenient display of text and its adjustment to the screen size, support for all resolutions and the traditional free browser. And one more small advantage for Opera when it comes to Windows Mobile devices. This is the standard IE browser on some Windows Mobile devices, after working with it for 5-10 minutes, many users have a desire to replace it with Opera Mobile. And rightly so.

The Opera Mobile 10 beta browser was tested on HTC HD2 communicators (WVGA screen 800x480 pixels) and Asus-Garmin nuvifone M20 (VGA screen 640x480 pixels).

Opera Mobile 10 beta features overview

The Opera Mobile browser has become a standard for communicators on the Windows Mobile platform. For more than a year, almost all manufacturers have been installing different versions of Opera Mobile 9.x instead of IE on their devices. Surely, many users have been waiting for the "tens" to appear and want to know how it differs from "the already convenient Opera Mobile 9.5" and whether it is necessary to switch to a new version with its release? We will talk about all this in an overview of the capabilities of the Opera Mobile 10 beta browser.

Supported Standards

Browser standards support was tested in the simplest (although not the most accurate) way, by loading a test page designed specifically to test the capabilities of mobile browsers.

To start testing, go to the http://www.w3.org/2008/06/mobile-test/ page from the device in the browser and wait for it to load. After that, we compare the results obtained (a table of squares, depending on the color of each square, it depends whether the browser supports one or another standard) with the decryption page presented on the site. This page is easier to open on a computer.

Out of the tests on the page, the Opera Mobile 10 browser passed all but two: "iframe inclusing of XHTML-served-as-XML content" and "contenteditable". Those who wish to know the details can follow the links above. The browser supports CSS standards, CSS2 and CSS3, Ajax, HTTPS, dynamic animation.

In practice, the browser correctly displays all modern sites, including web 2.0 services and portals, such as Google Maps and Yandex maps, Gmail and other Google services (Calendar, Google Reader). All of these sites work in Opera Mobile 10 just like they do in a desktop browser.

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There are no problems with the support of different encodings (including for the Russian language) in the program. The Opera Mobile 10 browser, like the previous version, automatically adapts to the display resolution of the device on which it is installed. If it is a widescreen resolution, such as 240x400 or 480x800 pixels, there will be no problem either.

Express Dial

In the previous version, you could set the default page to load the browser to. In Opera Mobile 10, a different scheme is used, as in the desktop version, this is the so-called. express panel. When you start the browser, you see a line for entering the address, a field for starting a search (in the browser version for the CIS, the default search will be from Yandex), and the rest of the space is occupied by an express panel consisting of nine thumbnails of bookmarks.

Clicking on the thumbnail starts loading the site. If the user needs to start loading another site, just select the tab icon in the bottom panel. Its implementation deserves special attention.

Tabs

In Opera Mobile 9.5, you could keep up to three tabs open, not much, but usually enough. True, switching between them was not very convenient, but people got used to it. In Opera Mobile 10, there is no limit on the number of open tabs, more precisely, it probably is, at least theoretical, but I did not load more than 12 tabs at the same time, so I will not say whether 20 work or not.

The tab switching system is very convenient in my opinion. There is an icon at the bottom, when clicked, a small menu appears, about a quarter of the screen, it contains thumbnails of open tabs with sites. These thumbnails are superimposed on each other so that you can see a small piece of each site, just enough to understand what kind of site it is. Obviously, if you have 10 tabs open, it will be difficult to see anything in this carousel of thumbnails.

In this case, you can hold your finger on the first thumbnail in this panel and move it to the right or left, while the thumbnail on which the finger will be at a given moment in time increases, so finding a specific open site becomes more or less easy. It can be argued that the system is not at all convenient, but within the framework of mobile devices, in my opinion, this is an almost ideal solution, provided that the user can open a dozen tabs and wants to move between them. To close a tab, there is a corresponding icon (cross) next to each thumbnail.

The only downside I've noticed about the tabbed system is the browser's gluttony. Moreover, even with 10 open tabs, Opera “eats” the same 4.5 MB of RAM, as if one or two tabs were open. But the CPU usage of the browser with a dozen open tabs sometimes increases to 75%, and in this case the device itself starts to work slowly. But, I hope this is a problem of the beta version and it will be solved by the release of the final ten.

Bookmarks

The browser allows you to save an unlimited number of bookmarks. To view them, you need to go to the menu section of the same name. Each bookmark has a title that is visible in the list, as well as an icon (usually an icon that appears next to the address bar). As a rule, the icon is loaded into bookmarks after the selected page has been completely loaded by the browser, however, as in the previous version of the browser, icons are not always saved in bookmarks in the top ten.

In the bookmarks menu there is a function to add new sites to the list. In the same window, you can delete individual bookmarks or entire folders.

You can save bookmarks not only in the general list, but also create folders for individual sites inside the bookmarks menu. This is convenient, you can divide sites into work, entertainment and others, as is usually the case when working on a computer. I note that, as in version 9.5, Opera Mobile 10 does not have the ability to create a backup copy of bookmarks.

Handling clicks, highlighting links

Any link in the browser can be opened in two ways. First, by simply clicking on the link, in this case the link will start loading in the current page. The second way, holding your finger or pen on the link for a couple of seconds, then a special menu will appear in which you can choose to open the link in a new tab.

If the browser is installed on a device without control keys, then you will have to select links with simple clicks. For devices with joysticks, trackballs and other controls, the browser has a cursor that can be used to select even the smallest elements on the page.

In the mode of displaying the page in the original size, by moving the cursor you can also select the part of the site that you want to see in the selected scale.

Page display

Algorithms for displaying the page in the browser, as in previous versions, are excellent. There are two display options: mobile view or standard view. With mobile, everything is simple, the content of the page is pulled out into a tube and displayed in the most convenient form for reading on a small screen.

In the default setting, the page is displayed "as is", that is, as it would be displayed by a browser on your desktop computer. At the same time, when scaling (increasing or decreasing) the page, it is automatically redrawn for the best display of text.

Compared to Opera Mobile 9.5, the top ten has one important feature, if earlier the user was free to scale the page as he liked, now there is only a general plan (the site is displayed "as is") and an increase to the selected scale. And you need to choose it in the settings according to the scale at which you are most comfortable reading the text.

That is, the very possibility of flexible scaling remains, but now it is not so obvious and you won’t be able to use this system all the time, in any case, you must first select the scale value in order to constantly increase the pages to this value. I won’t say that it has become more convenient, it has become easier, yes, but in my opinion, this is some kind of far-fetched simplification that was not required. The old system was more convenient.

As before, scaling automatically aligns the text into an easy-to-read column. The text scale is adjusted throughout the page, and if the text in one part of the site is scaled to fit the page width, then when you go to another part of the site, you will again see the same well-formatted text to fit the screen width. Even if it's a different size. For example, on our site, this could be the news column (on the right), the review text (in the center), or sections of the site. When viewing one part of the site, the text in others is also scaled for better display.

Indicators of your position on the page are the same as in the previous version. They are displayed only when you scroll the text, that is, you do something with the page. Indicators, this is a black dot on the right and a bar at the bottom, by these elements you can understand in which area of ​​​​the site you are. This is convenient when you have greatly enlarged the page from its original resolution and want to move to another area of ​​this page without changing the scale.

When you enter an address, auto-selection works, the browser offers options from the list of pages you visited.

Additional features

The browser supports cookies, which allows you to save identification on various sites, forums, and not enter your passwords every time.

What I didn't like about this feature was the lack of a question about whether to save the password only for the page or for the entire server (this was possible in version 9.5.). Sometimes it is necessary to save the password only for a certain page, in Opera 10 it is saved for the entire server, as far as I understand. Probably, the developers decided to follow the path of maximum simplification of the interface so that the user receives as few questions as possible from the program while using it. Saved passwords, as well as browsing history and cookies, can always be deleted.

Probably, the fact that in Opera Mobile 10 there is no download manager in the menu is connected with the desire to make the browser easier (and maybe with the beta status). Do not think that it is not here, the download manager is present and with its help you can, as before, download various data, be it archives, installation files or something else. However, if previously it was always possible to look into the download menu, now this cannot be done. When uploading a file, the user is prompted to select the folder where the file will be uploaded and that's it. Next, the download occurs in the window, it can be minimized, but it will not work to turn it back, in which case the browser will only notify the user about the completion of the download, and the process itself will not be viewed. This is inconvenient compared to what it was before, when you could any time to check how many percent of the file is downloaded and how much is left.

Among the settings is the ability to block pop-ups, it is standard and is present in many modern browsers, including versions for mobile devices. In addition to the basic standards, the browser displays WAP pages without any problems.

The browser supports displaying flash, therefore, there are no problems with viewing various flash animations on sites, including banners.

One of Bembea Lakisasa Kabisa tens innovations, page saving feature . Load the page and then press the save button in the “Saved pages” menu, after that you can view the contents of the loaded page even if the device is not connected to the network. The function is interesting and may well be in demand among some users.

Another useful feature is to search for text on a page. The found text is highlighted with a marker.

< td>

Opera Turbo. The principle of operation is similar to that in a browser for desktop systems: data, before reaching the user's screen, is compressed on a special server, pictures, in particular, are compressed very strongly and become terrible in quality. At the same time, the speed of work increases slightly, but traffic consumption decreases noticeably, so if you don’t want to use Opera Mini, and the traffic is not rubber, you can turn on the Opera Turbo function in the top ten to save traffic consumption.

Speed

The performance of a browser largely depends on the type of device on which it is installed. In my case it was mainly HTC HD2 communicator with GPRS/EDGE connection. I can’t say that everything “flyed”, it’s impossible when loading heavy sites through the operator’s network, but the speed was good, definitely not worse than in Opera Mobile 9.5 Navigation on the page itself is smooth, without unnecessary jerks, fragments of the page are not yet loaded by the browser are hidden by the background grid instead of a black screen. And, of course, I note that if, like me, you are a fan of keeping 10+ tabs open, then you will most likely still have to get used to some brakes, at least in the beta version.

Impressions

To be honest, the impressions are ambivalent. On the one hand, the top ten has several new and really useful features. For example, after getting acquainted with the tab flipping system and knowing that in Opera 10 you can open a lot of them, not three, there are hardly those people who constantly use a mobile browser and do not want to switch to the top ten. On the other hand, to me personally, the way of simplifying some functions (zoom bar, the ability to send links by email or in a message, the lack of a download manager menu and a password save type selection menu) seems a little wrong. Yes, on the one hand it is useful: more people will be able to start using the browser, learn it and understand it. On the other hand, what about the huge number of existing owners of communicators with Opera 9? After all, some of them probably actively used these functions, some of which are no longer in the top ten, while others have been simplified. Although, perhaps, on the way of the beta to the final, the developers will fix something else and some of the missing functionality will return?

The overall conclusion is very simple and completely predictable - Opera Mobile 10 has improved two of the most important features: tabbed browsing and support for displaying a large number of them. Let's add here all the standard features of the browser: convenient display of text and its adjustment to the screen size, support for all resolutions and the traditional free browser. And one more small advantage for Opera when it comes to Windows Mobile devices. This is the standard IE browser on some Windows Mobile devices, after working with it for 5-10 minutes, many users have a desire to replace it with Opera Mobile. And rightly so.

The Opera Mobile 10 beta browser was tested on HTC HD2 communicators (WVGA screen 800x480 pixels) and Asus-Garmin nuvifone M20 (VGA screen 640x480 pixels).

Opera Mobile 10 beta features overview

The Opera Mobile browser has become a standard for communicators on the Windows Mobile platform. For more than a year, almost all manufacturers have been installing different versions of Opera Mobile 9.x instead of IE on their devices. Surely, many users have been waiting for the "tens" to appear and want to know how it differs from "the already convenient Opera Mobile 9.5" and whether it is necessary to switch to a new version with its release? We will talk about all this in an overview of the capabilities of the Opera Mobile 10 beta browser.

Supported Standards

Browser standards support was tested in the simplest (although not the most accurate) way, by loading a test page designed specifically to test the capabilities of mobile browsers.

To start testing, go to the http://www.w3.org/2008/06/mobile-test/ page from the device in the browser and wait for it to load. After that, we compare the results obtained (a table of squares, depending on the color of each square, it depends whether the browser supports one or another standard) with the decryption page presented on the site. This page is easier to open on a computer.

Out of the tests on the page, the Opera Mobile 10 browser passed all but two: "iframe inclusing of XHTML-served-as-XML content" and "contenteditable". Those who wish to know the details can follow the links above. The browser supports CSS standards, CSS2 and CSS3, Ajax, HTTPS, dynamic animation.

In practice, the browser correctly displays all modern sites, including web 2.0 services and portals, such as Google Maps and Yandex maps, Gmail and other Google services (Calendar, Google Reader). All of these sites work in Opera Mobile 10 just like they do in a desktop browser.

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There are no problems with the support of different encodings (including for the Russian language) in the program. The Opera Mobile 10 browser, like the previous version, automatically adapts to the display resolution of the device on which it is installed. If it is a widescreen resolution, such as 240x400 or 480x800 pixels, there will be no problem either.

Express Dial

In the previous version, you could set the default page to load the browser to. In Opera Mobile 10, a different scheme is used, as in the desktop version, this is the so-called. express panel. When you start the browser, you see a line for entering the address, a field for starting a search (in the browser version for the CIS, the default search will be from Yandex), and the rest of the space is occupied by an express panel consisting of nine thumbnails of bookmarks.

Clicking on the thumbnail starts loading the site. If the user needs to start loading another site, just select the tab icon in the bottom panel. Its implementation deserves special attention.

Tabs

In Opera Mobile 9.5, you could keep up to three tabs open, not much, but usually enough. True, switching between them was not very convenient, but people got used to it. In Opera Mobile 10, there is no limit on the number of open tabs, more precisely, it probably is, at least theoretical, but I did not load more than 12 tabs at the same time, so I will not say whether 20 work or not.

The tab switching system is very convenient in my opinion. There is an icon at the bottom, when clicked, a small menu appears, about a quarter of the screen, it contains thumbnails of open tabs with sites. These thumbnails are superimposed on each other so that you can see a small piece of each site, just enough to understand what kind of site it is. Obviously, if you have 10 tabs open, it will be difficult to see anything in this carousel of thumbnails.

In this case, you can hold your finger on the first thumbnail in this panel and move it to the right or left, while the thumbnail on which the finger will be at a given moment in time increases, so finding a specific open site becomes more or less easy. It can be argued that the system is not at all convenient, but within the framework of mobile devices, in my opinion, this is an almost ideal solution, provided that the user can open a dozen tabs and wants to move between them. To close a tab, there is a corresponding icon (cross) next to each thumbnail.

The only downside I've noticed about the tab system is the browser's gluttony. Moreover, even with 10 open tabs, Opera “eats” the same 4.5 MB of RAM, as if one or two tabs were open. But the CPU usage of the browser with a dozen open tabs sometimes increases to 75%, and in this case the device itself starts to work slowly. But, I hope this is a problem of the beta version and it will be solved by the release of the final "top ten".

Bookmarks

The browser allows you to save an unlimited number of bookmarks. To view them, you need to go to the menu section of the same name. Each bookmark has a title that is visible in the list, as well as an icon (usually an icon that appears next to the address bar). As a rule, the icon is loaded into bookmarks after the selected page has been completely loaded by the browser, however, as in the previous version of the browser, icons are not always saved in bookmarks in the top ten.

In the bookmarks menu there is a function to add new sites to the list. In the same window, you can delete individual bookmarks or entire folders.

You can save bookmarks not only in the general list, but also create folders for individual sites inside the bookmarks menu. This is convenient, you can divide sites into work, entertainment and others, as is usually the case when working on a computer. I note that, as in version 9.5, Opera Mobile 10 does not have the ability to create a backup copy of bookmarks.

Handling clicks, highlighting links

Any link in the browser can be opened in two ways. First, by simply clicking on the link, in this case the link will start loading in the current page. The second way, holding your finger or pen on the link for a couple of seconds, then a special menu will appear in which you can choose to open the link in a new tab.

If the browser is installed on a device without control keys, then you will have to select links with simple clicks. For devices with joysticks, trackballs and other controls, the browser has a cursor that can be used to select even the smallest elements on the page.

In the mode of displaying the page in the original size, by moving the cursor you can also select the part of the site that you want to see in the selected scale.

Page display

Algorithms for displaying the page in the browser, as in previous versions, are excellent. There are two display options: mobile view or standard view. With mobile, everything is simple, the content of the page is pulled out into a tube and displayed in the most convenient form for reading on a small screen.

In the default setting, the page is displayed "as is", that is, as it would be displayed by a browser on your desktop computer. At the same time, when scaling (increasing or decreasing) the page, it is automatically redrawn for the best display of text.

Compared to Opera Mobile 9.5, the top ten has one important feature, if earlier the user was free to scale the page as he liked, now there is only a general plan (the site is displayed "as is") and an increase to the selected scale. And you need to choose it in the settings according to the scale at which you are most comfortable reading the text.

That is, the very possibility of flexible scaling remains, but now it is not so obvious and you won’t be able to use this system all the time, in any case, you must first select the scale value in order to constantly increase the pages to this value. I won’t say that it has become more convenient, it has become easier, yes, but in my opinion, this is some kind of far-fetched simplification that was not required. The old system was more convenient.

As before, scaling automatically aligns the text into an easy-to-read column. The text scale is adjusted throughout the page, and if the text in one part of the site is scaled to fit the page width, then when you go to another part of the site, you will again see the same well-formatted text to fit the screen width. Even if it's a different size. For example, on our site, this could be the news column (on the right), the review text (in the center), or sections of the site. When viewing one part of the site, the text in others is also scaled for better display.

Indicators of your position on the page are the same as in the previous version. They are displayed only when you scroll the text, that is, you do something with the page. Indicators, this is a black dot on the right and a bar at the bottom, by these elements you can understand in which area of ​​​​the site you are. This is convenient when you have greatly enlarged the page from its original resolution and want to move to another area of ​​this page without changing the scale.

When you enter an address, auto-selection works, the browser offers options from the list of pages you visited.

Additional features

The browser supports cookies, which allows you to save identification on various sites, forums, and not enter your passwords every time.

What I didn't like about this feature was the lack of a question about whether to save the password only for the page or for the entire server (this was possible in version 9.5.). Sometimes it is necessary to save the password only for a certain page, in Opera 10 it is saved for the entire server, as far as I understand. Probably, the developers decided to follow the path of maximum simplification of the interface so that the user receives as few questions as possible from the program while using it. Saved passwords, as well as browsing history and cookies, can always be deleted.

Probably, the fact that in Opera Mobile 10 there is no download manager in the menu is connected with the desire to make the browser easier (and maybe with the beta status). Do not think that it is not here, the download manager is present and with its help you can, as before, download various data, be it archives, installation files or something else. However, if previously it was always possible to look into the download menu, now this cannot be done. When uploading a file, the user is prompted to select the folder where the file will be uploaded and that's it. Next, the download occurs in the window, it can be minimized, but it will not work to turn it back, in which case the browser will only notify the user about the completion of the download, and the process itself will not be viewed. This is inconvenient compared to what it was before, when you could any time to check how many percent of the file is downloaded and how much is left.

Among the settings is the ability to block pop-ups, it is standard and is present in many modern browsers, including versions for mobile devices. In addition to the basic standards, the browser displays WAP pages without any problems.

The browser supports displaying flash, therefore, there are no problems with viewing various flash animations on sites, including banners.

One of Bembea Lakisasa Kabisa tens innovations, page saving feature . Load the page and then press the save button in the “Saved pages” menu, after that you can view the contents of the loaded page even if the device is not connected to the network. The function is interesting and may well be in demand among some users.

Another useful feature is to search for text on a page. The found text is highlighted with a marker.

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Opera Turbo. The principle of operation is similar to that in a browser for desktop systems: data, before reaching the user's screen, is compressed on a special server, pictures, in particular, are compressed very strongly and become terrible in quality. At the same time, the speed of work increases slightly, but traffic consumption decreases noticeably, so if you don’t want to use Opera Mini, and the traffic is not rubber, you can turn on the Opera Turbo function in the top ten to save traffic consumption.

Speed

The performance of a browser largely depends on the type of device on which it is installed. In my case it was mainly HTC HD2 communicator with GPRS/EDGE connection. I can’t say that everything “flyed”, it’s impossible when loading heavy sites through the operator’s network, but the speed was good, definitely not worse than in Opera Mobile 9.5 Navigation on the page itself is smooth, without unnecessary jerks, fragments of the page are not yet loaded by the browser are hidden by the background grid instead of a black screen. And, of course, I note that if, like me, you are a fan of keeping 10+ tabs open, then you will most likely still have to get used to some brakes, at least in the beta version.

Impressions

To be honest, the impressions are ambivalent. On the one hand, the top ten has several new and really useful features. For example, after getting acquainted with the tab flipping system and knowing that in Opera 10 you can open a lot of them, not three, there are hardly those people who constantly use a mobile browser and do not want to switch to the top ten. On the other hand, to me personally, the way of simplifying some functions (zoom bar, the ability to send links by email or in a message, the lack of a download manager menu and a password save type selection menu) seems a little wrong. Yes, on the one hand it is useful: more people will be able to start using the browser, learn it and understand it. On the other hand, what about the huge number of existing owners of communicators with Opera 9? After all, some of them probably actively used these functions, some of which are no longer in the top ten, while others have been simplified. Although, perhaps, on the way of the beta to the final, the developers will fix something else and some of the missing functionality will return?

The overall conclusion is very simple and completely predictable - Opera Mobile 10 has improved two of the most important features: tabbed browsing and support for displaying a large number of them. Let's add here all the standard features of the browser: convenient display of text and its adjustment to the screen size, support for all resolutions and the traditional free browser. And one more small advantage for Opera when it comes to Windows Mobile devices. This is the standard IE browser on some Windows Mobile devices, after working with it for 5-10 minutes, many users have a desire to replace it with Opera Mobile. And rightly so.

The Opera Mobile 10 beta browser was tested on HTC HD2 communicators (WVGA screen 800x480 pixels) and Asus-Garmin nuvifone M20 (VGA screen 640x480 pixels).

Opera Mobile 10 beta features overview

The Opera Mobile browser has become a standard for communicators on the Windows Mobile platform. For more than a year, almost all manufacturers have been installing different versions of Opera Mobile 9.x instead of IE on their devices. Surely, many users have been waiting for the "tens" to appear and want to know how it differs from "the already convenient Opera Mobile 9.5" and whether it is necessary to switch to a new version with its release? We will talk about all this in an overview of the capabilities of the Opera Mobile 10 beta browser.

Supported Standards

Browser standards support was tested in the simplest (although not the most accurate) way, by loading a test page designed specifically to test the capabilities of mobile browsers.

To start testing, go from the device in the browser to the page http://www.w3.org/2008/06/mobile-test/ and wait until it loads. After that, we compare the results obtained (a table of squares, depending on the color of each square, it depends whether the browser supports one or another standard) with the decryption page presented on the site. This page is easier to open on a computer.

Out of the tests on the page, the Opera Mobile 10 browser passed all but two: "iframe inclusing of XHTML-served-as-XML content" and "contenteditable". Those who wish to know the details can follow the links above. The browser supports CSS standards, CSS2 and CSS3, Ajax, HTTPS, dynamic animation.

In practice, the browser correctly displays all modern sites, including web 2.0 services and portals, such as Google Maps and Yandex maps, Gmail and other Google services (Calendar, Google Reader). All of these sites work in Opera Mobile 10 just like they do in a desktop browser.

There are no problems with the support of different encodings (including for the Russian language) in the program. The Opera Mobile 10 browser, like the previous version, automatically adapts to the display resolution of the device on which it is installed. If it is a widescreen resolution, such as 240x400 or 480x800 pixels, there will be no problem either.

Express Dial

In the previous version, you could set the default page to load the browser to. In Opera Mobile 10, a different scheme is used, as in the desktop version, this is the so-called. express panel. When you start the browser, you see a line for entering the address, a field for starting a search (in the browser version for the CIS, the default search will be from Yandex), and the rest of the space is occupied by an express panel consisting of nine thumbnails of bookmarks.

Clicking on the thumbnail starts loading the site. If the user needs to start loading another site, just select the tab icon in the bottom panel. Its implementation deserves special attention.

Tabs

In Opera Mobile 9.5, you could keep up to three tabs open, not much, but usually enough. True, switching between them was not very convenient, but people got used to it. In Opera Mobile 10, there is no limit on the number of open tabs, more precisely, it probably is, at least theoretical, but I did not load more than 12 tabs at the same time, so I can’t say if 20 work or not.

The tab switching system is very convenient in my opinion. There is an icon at the bottom, when clicked, a small menu appears, about a quarter of the screen, it contains thumbnails of open tabs with sites. These thumbnails are superimposed on each other so that you can see a small piece of each site, just enough to understand what kind of site it is. Obviously, if you have 10 tabs open, it will be difficult to see anything in this carousel of thumbnails.

In this case, you can hold your finger on the first thumbnail in this panel and move it to the right or left, while the thumbnail on which the finger will be at a given moment in time increases, so finding a specific open site becomes more or less easy. It can be argued that the system is not at all convenient, but within the framework of mobile devices, in my opinion, this is an almost ideal solution, provided that the user can open a dozen tabs and wants to move between them. To close a tab, there is a corresponding icon (cross) next to each thumbnail.

The only downside I've noticed about the tab system is the browser's gluttony. Moreover, even with 10 open tabs, Opera “eats” the same 4.5 MB of RAM, as if one or two tabs were open. But the CPU usage of the browser with a dozen open tabs sometimes increases to 75%, and in this case the device itself starts to work slowly. But, I hope this is a problem of the beta version and it will be solved by the release of the final "top ten".

Bookmarks

The browser allows you to save an unlimited number of bookmarks. To view them, you need to go to the menu section of the same name. Each bookmark has a title that is visible in the list, as well as an icon (usually an icon that appears next to the address bar). As a rule, the icon is loaded into bookmarks after the selected page has been completely loaded by the browser, however, as in the previous version of the browser, icons are not always saved in bookmarks in the top ten.

In the bookmarks menu there is a function to add new sites to the list. In the same window, you can delete individual bookmarks or entire folders.

You can save bookmarks not only in the general list, but also create folders for individual sites inside the bookmarks menu. This is convenient, you can divide sites into work, entertainment and others, as is usually the case when working on a computer. I note that, as in version 9.5, Opera Mobile 10 does not have the ability to create a backup copy of bookmarks.

Handling clicks, highlighting links

Any link in the browser can be opened in two ways. First, by simply clicking on the link, in this case the link will start loading in the current page. The second way, holding your finger or pen on the link for a couple of seconds, then a special menu will appear in which you can choose to open the link in a new tab.

If the browser is installed on a device without control keys, then you will have to select links with simple clicks. For devices with joysticks, trackballs and other controls, the browser has a cursor that can be used to select even the smallest elements on the page.

In the mode of displaying the page in the original size, by moving the cursor you can also select the part of the site that you want to see in the selected scale.

Page display

Algorithms for displaying the page in the browser, as in previous versions, are excellent. There are two display options: mobile view or standard view. With mobile, everything is simple, the content of the page is pulled out into a tube and displayed in the most convenient form for reading on a small screen.

In the default setting, the page is displayed "as is", that is, as it would be displayed by a browser on your desktop computer. At the same time, when scaling (increasing or decreasing) the page, it is automatically redrawn for the best display of text.

Compared to Opera Mobile 9.5, the top ten has one important feature, if earlier the user was free to scale the page as he liked, now there is only a general plan (the site is displayed "as is") and an increase to the selected scale. And you need to choose it in the settings according to the scale at which you are most comfortable reading the text.

That is, the very possibility of flexible scaling remains, but now it is not so obvious and you won’t be able to use this system all the time, in any case, you must first select the scale value in order to constantly increase the pages to this value. I won’t say that it has become more convenient, it has become easier, yes, but in my opinion, this is some kind of far-fetched simplification that was not required. The old system was more convenient.

As before, scaling automatically aligns the text into an easy-to-read column. The text scale is adjusted throughout the page, and if the text in one part of the site is scaled to fit the page width, then when you go to another part of the site, you will again see the same well-formatted text to fit the screen width. Even if it's a different size. For example, on our site, this could be the news column (on the right), the review text (in the center), or sections of the site. When viewing one part of the site, the text in others is also scaled for better display.

Indicators of your position on the page are the same as in the previous version. They are displayed only when you scroll the text, that is, you do something with the page. Indicators, this is a black dot on the right and a bar at the bottom, by these elements you can understand in which area of ​​​​the site you are. This is convenient when you have greatly enlarged the page from its original resolution and want to move to another area of ​​this page without changing the scale.

When you enter an address, auto-selection works, the browser offers options from the list of pages you visited.

Additional features

The browser supports cookies, which allows you to save identification on various sites, forums, and not enter your passwords every time.

What I didn't like about this feature was the lack of a question about whether to save the password only for the page or for the entire server (this was possible in version 9.5.). Sometimes it is necessary to save the password only for a certain page, in Opera 10 it is saved for the entire server, as far as I understand. Probably, the developers decided to follow the path of maximum simplification of the interface so that the user receives as few questions as possible from the program while using it. Saved passwords, as well as browsing history and cookies, can always be deleted.

Probably, the fact that in Opera Mobile 10 there is no download manager in the menu is connected with the desire to make the browser easier (and maybe with the beta status). Do not think that it is not here, the download manager is present and with its help you can, as before, download various data, be it archives, installation files or something else. However, if previously it was always possible to look into the download menu, now this cannot be done. When uploading a file, the user is prompted to select the folder where the file will be uploaded and that's it. Next, the download occurs in the window, it can be minimized, but it will not work to turn it back, in which case the browser will only notify the user about the completion of the download, and the process itself will not be viewed. This is inconvenient compared to what it was before, when you could any time to check how many percent of the file is downloaded and how much is left.

Among the settings is the ability to block pop-ups, it is standard and is present in many modern browsers, including versions for mobile devices. In addition to the basic standards, the browser displays WAP pages without any problems.

The browser supports displaying flash, therefore, there are no problems with viewing various flash animations on sites, including banners.

One of Bembea Lakisasa Kabisa innovations "dozens", the function of saving pages. Load the page and then press the save button in the “Saved pages” menu, after that you can view the contents of the loaded page even if the device is not connected to the network. The function is interesting and may well be in demand among some users.

One of Bembea Lakisasa Kabisa Bembea Lakisasa Kabisa innovations "dozens", the function of saving pages. Load the page and then press the save button in the “Saved pages” menu, after that you can view the contents of the loaded page even if the device is not connected to the network. The function is interesting and may well be in demand among some users.

Another useful feature is to search for text on a page. The found text is highlighted with a marker.

Opera Turbo. The principle of operation is similar to that in a browser for desktop systems: data, before reaching the user's screen, is compressed on a special server, pictures, in particular, are compressed very strongly and become terrible in quality. At the same time, the speed of work increases slightly, but traffic consumption decreases noticeably, so if you don’t want to use Opera Mini, and the traffic is not rubber, you can turn on the Opera Turbo function in the top ten to save traffic consumption.

Speed

The performance of a browser largely depends on the type of device on which it is installed. In my case it was mainly HTC HD2 communicator with GPRS/EDGE connection. I can’t say that everything “flyed”, it’s impossible when loading heavy sites through the operator’s network, but the speed was good, definitely not worse than in Opera Mobile 9.5 Navigation on the page itself is smooth, without unnecessary jerks, fragments of the page are not yet loaded by the browser are hidden by the background grid instead of a black screen. And, of course, I note that if, like me, you are a fan of keeping 10+ tabs open, then you will most likely still have to get used to some brakes, at least in the beta version.

Impressions

To be honest, the impressions are ambivalent. On the one hand, the top ten has several new and really useful features. For example, after getting acquainted with the tab flipping system and knowing that in Opera 10 you can open a lot of them, not three, there are hardly those people who constantly use a mobile browser and do not want to switch to the top ten. On the other hand, to me personally, the way of simplifying some functions (zoom bar, the ability to send links by email or in a message, the lack of a download manager menu and a password save type selection menu) seems a little wrong. Yes, on the one hand it is useful: more people will be able to start using the browser, learn it and understand it. On the other hand, what about the huge number of existing owners of communicators with Opera 9? After all, some of them probably actively used these functions, some of which are no longer in the top ten, while others have been simplified. Although, perhaps, on the way of the beta to the final, the developers will fix something else and some of the missing functionality will return?

The overall conclusion is very simple and completely predictable - Opera Mobile 10 has improved two of the most important features: tabbed browsing and support for displaying a large number of them. Let's add here all the standard features of the browser: convenient display of text and its adjustment to the screen size, support for all resolutions and the traditional free browser. And one more small advantage for Opera when it comes to Windows Mobile devices. This is the standard IE browser on some Windows Mobile devices, after working with it for 5-10 minutes, many users have a desire to replace it with Opera Mobile. And rightly so.

Opera Mobile 10 beta browser was tested on HTC HD2 communicators (WVGA screen 800x480 pixels) and Asus-Garmin nuvifone M20 (VGA screen 640x480 pixels).