Review Opera Mini and win an all-inclusive trip to Norway!

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Win a 7-day all-inclusive trip to Scandinavia this summer!

A common criticism of BlackBerry devices is that the web browsing experience needs to be closer to that of the desktop browser. Opera Mini has been filling that need with a truer desktop experience.

From the beginning, Opera have been helped by communities such as BlackBerry Cool spreading the word about the browser and sending in valuable feedback. Because of their involvement, Opera Mini has become one of the most downloaded applications for BlackBerry.

Now, the company wants to give back to the community. This summer, one lucky reader from the BlackBerry Cool community will get to visit Oslo, Norway and visit the Opera headquarters. He or she will be accompanied by a correspondent from BlackBerry Cool, who will be writing about the experience. You’ll even get to visit Linkoping, Sweden where Opera Mini is made.

How to win:

All you have to do is download Opera Mini 4.2 on your BlackBerry (if you haven’t done it already) and write a review of the browser. We’ll be taking the top 20 reviews, publishing them, and giving them each cool prizes. The best review, as judged by the editorial staff of BlackBerry Cool, will win the grand prize. Some of the other prizes include: software gift cards, accessories and an advanced preview of an unseen version of Opera Mini.

Download Opera Mini by visiting mini.opera.com using your BlackBerry browser.

You can also download Opera Mini by SMS link or desktop.

Here are some guidelines for the review:

  • Please keep the review to a maximum of 600 words.
  • Be honest. You won’t win for writing the kindest words, but rather the most insightful piece.
  • Doug’s review of the BlackBerry Bold is a great example of a well-written review.
  • Robert’s review of Advanced Call Manager demonstrates the sort of pro/con analysis that should be included.
  • Added points for your review if you include any video, screenshots, commentary or rich media.
  • Points for personality too! Your review doesn’t have to be hilarious, but include something personal.
  • Submit your review as a .doc

Contest begins Monday, June 15 and deadline for applications is Friday, July 10 at noon PDT.

Please send your entries to kyle at blackberrycool dot com with the subject “Opera Mini Review”

About Opera Mini

Opera Mini is the most popular mobile Web browser with more than 23 million users worldwide.

Opera Mini is the revolutionary Web browser that goes where you do. Designed for speed and usability, Opera Mini provides remarkably fast browsing on nearly any mobile phone—especially BlackBerry devices. Opera Mini is one of the most downloaded applications on the BlackBerry platform because of its ease of use and speed.

Opera Mini uses a remote server to pre-process Web pages before sending them to the phone. The majority of the processing and rendering is done on the servers, making it possible to access the Web without using up much of the phone’s resources.

Opera Mini 4.2 adds more language versions and offers added skin selections to personalize the look and feel of the browser. Opera Mini is renowned for its speed, as data is compressed before it is sent to the phone. This helps to keep end-user costs low, since the data delivered is kept to a minimum.

Upon downloading Opera Mini 4.2, mobile phone users will experience:

• More than 90 language versions, including the recently added Amharic, Armenian, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Kirghiz, Lingala, Marathi, Malayalam, Mongolian, Oriya, Punjabi, Pashto, Sinhala, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Uzbek, Khmer, Kashmiri, Lao and Turkmen

• Funky new skins for personalizing the look of Opera Mini

• Opera Link support for notes, allowing users to sync their notes between the PC and Opera Mini

• Improved real time streaming protocol (RTSP) handoff. This increases the number of phones with support for mobile video.

Visit their site for more information on Opera Mini

Only North American residents are eligible.

  • http://www.coffeedharma.com/ Robert Losch

    Awesome contest! Thanks a lot! I sent my review already.

  • http://www.coffeedharma.com/ Robert Losch

    Awesome contest! Thanks a lot! I sent my review already.

  • http://www.coffeedharma.com/ Robert Losch

    Awesome contest! Thanks a lot! I sent my review already.

  • http://www.coffeedharma.com Robert Losch

    Awesome contest! Thanks a lot! I sent my review already.

  • http://www.blackwalnutweb.com/ P Simeoni

    The picture shows Opera Mini on a Storm but it’s not officially available for the Storm yet. I have read however that it does work on the storm.

  • http://www.blackwalnutweb.com P Simeoni

    The picture shows Opera Mini on a Storm but it’s not officially available for the Storm yet. I have read however that it does work on the storm.

  • http://www.coffeedharma.com/ Robert Losch

    Yes, it works fine on the Storm. It doesn’t use SurePress though.

  • http://www.coffeedharma.com Robert Losch

    Yes, it works fine on the Storm. It doesn’t use SurePress though.

  • Scott M

    It actually does NOT work fine on the Storm because it does not utilize SurePress. It is thus incompatible with the Storm. Perhaps the “advanced preview” of the new Opera Mini will be the one which is fully compatible with the Storm.

  • Scott M

    It actually does NOT work fine on the Storm because it does not utilize SurePress. It is thus incompatible with the Storm. Perhaps the “advanced preview” of the new Opera Mini will be the one which is fully compatible with the Storm.

  • Ian

    ive been using it on my storm since i got it last november, works better than any other browser imho

  • Ian

    ive been using it on my storm since i got it last november, works better than any other browser imho

  • http://www.coffeedharma.com/ Robert Losch

    As I mentioned it doesn’t support SurePress but it otherwise works fine on the Storm. I’ve used it for quite a while on the VZW Storm. It simply uses a capacitive style system instead. While it takes some getting used to the difference, it works as it does on any other device.

  • http://www.coffeedharma.com/ Robert Losch

    As I mentioned it doesn’t support SurePress but it otherwise works fine on the Storm. I’ve used it for quite a while on the VZW Storm. It simply uses a capacitive style system instead. While it takes some getting used to the difference, it works as it does on any other device.

  • http://www.coffeedharma.com Robert Losch

    As I mentioned it doesn’t support SurePress but it otherwise works fine on the Storm. I’ve used it for quite a while on the VZW Storm. It simply uses a capacitive style system instead. While it takes some getting used to the difference, it works as it does on any other device.

  • Felix

    Wow this contest seems cool. What’s the all expense include, hotel and flight? Will they throw in some spending money too?

  • Felix

    Wow this contest seems cool. What’s the all expense include, hotel and flight? Will they throw in some spending money too?

  • BakSteen

    This is lousy piece of not-ready software. It has no value on a Curve 8310. I removed it. Why? Many reasons, including forms can not be filled on screen, you get sent to the Blackberry white screen to enter data then have multiple clicks to get that loaded into the form, and page loading is slower than cold molasses. This is over-hype and under perform. Blackberry still needs a decent browser. Opera doesn’t make music.

  • BakSteen

    This is lousy piece of not-ready software. It has no value on a Curve 8310. I removed it. Why? Many reasons, including forms can not be filled on screen, you get sent to the Blackberry white screen to enter data then have multiple clicks to get that loaded into the form, and page loading is slower than cold molasses. This is over-hype and under perform. Blackberry still needs a decent browser. Opera doesn’t make music.

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    Very unlucky :-( The contest is only for North Amricans ..

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    Very unlucky :-( The contest is only for North Amricans ..

  • http://www.aboutonlinetips.com aboutonlinetips.com

    Very unlucky :-( The contest is only for North Amricans ..

  • Jan Williamson

    enter me

  • Jan Williamson

    enter me