Opera is an excellent browser. Period. Though, I fail to understand as to why the hoopla behind the Opera vs Firefox debate. The other browser- Flock failed to create ripples so far. Let’s give them some time before they can really prove their merit.
There was a palpable excitement with the release of the mobile browser. I am excited for the fact that this browser can be used in Java Enabled handsets. It means, you can direct any WAP based browser towards the website and it’s as simple as downloading a ring tone. Further, it would do some good to the sagging fortunes of GPRS access and perhaps spur on more users to access Internet via mobile screens. I am not very enthused but it could mean a lot for rural access, if we can have localised content specifically for the mobiles.
( For those who feel miffled because of Opera vs Firefox statement here, this is an excellent blog post from an Opera Employee here. The much vaunted extensions are often lousy, broken and buggy. A low down of the various extensions can be found here and here.)
I would welcome any feedback in case someone has used Opera Mini on his (/her- very unlikely- similar to finding an “intelligent concerned BSNL employee”- you know the odds!) mobile.