The ulimate BlackBerry Cool contest – all inclusive trip to Norway and more

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

We’re still running our Opera Mini contest so be sure to enter to win. All you have to do is download Opera Mini 4.2 on your BlackBerry (if you haven’t done it already). We’re giving away a ton of prizes including:

  • BodyGuardz scratch protectors for the Curve 900 and Bold.
  • A wide variety of chargers.
  • Otterbox cases for the Bold and 8900.
  • Software gift cards of up to $50.

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

To win one of our Tier 1 prizes, just leave a comment on this post or the contest page. Tell us what you like and dislike about Opera Mini.

One lucky reader from the BlackBerry Cool community will win the Grand Prize and 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.

Contest ends Friday, July 10 at noon PDT.

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

Only North American residents are eligible.

  • andrew

    I like the UI and how it feels like a more substantial browser than the stock one. However the navigation still takes a lot of work (too much pearl movement).

  • David

    I have used Opera Mini for years now and it’s definitely a feature rich browser that caused a lot of stock mobile browsers to step their game up. The only problem I’ve consistently encountered is every phone I’ve used it with lags on text inputting, which I’m assuming is a memory issue as a result of being written in java. I don’t know if it’s particularly memory intensive to use java, or if phones just aren’t designed with the amount of ram it takes to offer a truly portable desktop replacement (in regards to browsing only) – I’m sure it’s a little of both. The other thing, and it’s really minor, is having to click the trackball in input fields to begin typing, rather than simply texting once the field is highlighted. This also may be a java thing.

    On the whole though, Opera Mini is all sorts of win and has been for years.

  • David

    I have used Opera Mini for years now and it’s definitely a feature rich browser that caused a lot of stock mobile browsers to step their game up. The only problem I’ve consistently encountered is every phone I’ve used it with lags on text inputting, which I’m assuming is a memory issue as a result of being written in java. I don’t know if it’s particularly memory intensive to use java, or if phones just aren’t designed with the amount of ram it takes to offer a truly portable desktop replacement (in regards to browsing only) – I’m sure it’s a little of both. The other thing, and it’s really minor, is having to click the trackball in input fields to begin typing, rather than simply texting once the field is highlighted. This also may be a java thing.

    On the whole though, Opera Mini is all sorts of win and has been for years.

  • Allen

    Unfortunately, all of the writing is jumbled up and I can’t read too much on it. I may just need to configure it or something though

  • Allen

    Unfortunately, all of the writing is jumbled up and I can’t read too much on it. I may just need to configure it or something though

  • scott mclaughlin

    Opera Mini is the only browser that has been able to handle Orlando’s bus web site and display the schedules before I miss the bus.

  • scott mclaughlin

    Opera Mini is the only browser that has been able to handle Orlando’s bus web site and display the schedules before I miss the bus.

  • http://www.snikkr.com/ Morgan Belford

    It is always exciting the see great software on the BlackBerry platform. The browser is one of the platforms of the future, and mobile Opera is speedy and robust.

    Not to be negative, but I was a little disappointed with the non-in-form data entry on web forms (I use a Bold and Storm, and so am spoiled by the BB browser in OS 4.6+), the lack of Flash support (a holy grail I know), and the inability to paste in a url in that I had copied from an email (the latter seems espcially important if Opera is not the “default browser” on my device.

    I hope the Opera team keeps up the good work, and continues to improve the mobile browsing, and even more important (to me) the mobile web application experience.

  • http://www.snikkr.com Morgan Belford

    It is always exciting the see great software on the BlackBerry platform. The browser is one of the platforms of the future, and mobile Opera is speedy and robust.

    Not to be negative, but I was a little disappointed with the non-in-form data entry on web forms (I use a Bold and Storm, and so am spoiled by the BB browser in OS 4.6+), the lack of Flash support (a holy grail I know), and the inability to paste in a url in that I had copied from an email (the latter seems espcially important if Opera is not the “default browser” on my device.

    I hope the Opera team keeps up the good work, and continues to improve the mobile browsing, and even more important (to me) the mobile web application experience.

  • Pileosnafu

    HI there;

    I love the Mini because of the full web pages!

  • http://na Pileosnafu

    HI there;

    I love the Mini because of the full web pages!

  • Mike D

    Opera is decent. Not exactly a full blown web experience though.

    I wish it supported better copy and paste options though.

    I wish it could be possible to use it as a default browser for links in email too but I understand that isn’t going to be a possibility without a serious overhaul of the blackberry OS. Perhaps it’s time RIM did a complete top to bottom rewrite of the blackberry OS though.

  • Mike D

    Opera is decent. Not exactly a full blown web experience though.

    I wish it supported better copy and paste options though.

    I wish it could be possible to use it as a default browser for links in email too but I understand that isn’t going to be a possibility without a serious overhaul of the blackberry OS. Perhaps it’s time RIM did a complete top to bottom rewrite of the blackberry OS though.

  • Notaek

    I think Mini is a REAL browser compared to the default BB Browser in OS 4.5. It’s nice to see the full pages.

  • Notaek

    I think Mini is a REAL browser compared to the default BB Browser in OS 4.5. It’s nice to see the full pages.

  • Shaun Rockett

    When you compare Opera Mini to the default BB browser it is night and day. Makes you wonder why you put up with the default browser for so long!

    Kudos to Opera

  • Shaun Rockett

    When you compare Opera Mini to the default BB browser it is night and day. Makes you wonder why you put up with the default browser for so long!

    Kudos to Opera

  • Shaun Rockett

    When you compare Opera Mini to the default BB browser it is night and day. Makes you wonder why you put up with the default browser for so long!

    Kudos to Opera

  • Paul Healy

    Opera browser has been a favorite for me on my desktop and now i have most of its features on the phone. Bet items
    -Favorites
    -Scalable display
    -Really, Really quick
    -FREE

    All good reason!

  • Paul Healy

    Opera browser has been a favorite for me on my desktop and now i have most of its features on the phone. Bet items
    -Favorites
    -Scalable display
    -Really, Really quick
    -FREE

    All good reason!

  • A M

    very different to use… not sure whether I prefer this method over the standard.

  • A M

    very different to use… not sure whether I prefer this method over the standard.

  • A M

    very different to use… not sure whether I prefer this method over the standard.

  • Bill Sibert

    Just downloaded opera on my bold, let’s see what it does for me

  • Bill Sibert

    Just downloaded opera on my bold, let’s see what it does for me

  • Oscar Hentschel

    Opera Mini is Great!

  • Oscar Hentschel

    Opera Mini is Great!

  • Mark

    Opera Mini is fantastic! What I like most about Mini is the speed at which pages load. No seconds (sometimes minutes)wasted waiting for JavaScript to load. Most of a page loads quick enough or me to scroll to and zoom the specific area I need.

    Thanks Opera, for making a truely usable mobile web browser.

    Mark

  • Mark

    Opera Mini is fantastic! What I like most about Mini is the speed at which pages load. No seconds (sometimes minutes)wasted waiting for JavaScript to load. Most of a page loads quick enough or me to scroll to and zoom the specific area I need.

    Thanks Opera, for making a truely usable mobile web browser.

    Mark

  • http://www.danentin.com/ Dan Entin

    I have a BlackBerry 8330 and I like how it highlights links with a light blue box but I find it very difficult to scroll to the link I want. It either goes too fast or to slow – selecting the link I want in the native BlackBerry browser is easier.

  • http://www.danentin.com Dan Entin

    I have a BlackBerry 8330 and I like how it highlights links with a light blue box but I find it very difficult to scroll to the link I want. It either goes too fast or to slow – selecting the link I want in the native BlackBerry browser is easier.

  • TOM

    I cannot get this to work on My Storm… Installed and reinstalled several times

  • TOM

    I cannot get this to work on My Storm… Installed and reinstalled several times

  • syclone1978

    I love that Opera Mini picks up where the Blackberry OS browser fails and lets me look at pages as if on my laptop!

  • syclone1978

    I love that Opera Mini picks up where the Blackberry OS browser fails and lets me look at pages as if on my laptop!

  • Cathy Torres

    Opera mini never freezes up like I.E.. It is the only browser the allows me to log on to my work system and it real easy to use!

  • Cathy Torres

    Opera mini never freezes up like I.E.. It is the only browser the allows me to log on to my work system and it real easy to use!

  • Lomion

    I like the zoom feature and how it renders pages.

  • Lomion

    I like the zoom feature and how it renders pages.

  • http://www.bradbloch429.com/ brad bloch

    I hope this makes sense…..Mari Asp is a multiple sport record holding athlete from Lillestrom Norway.She has set two world records in the past year and has been on 4 National Teams in Gymnastics, Fitness & Powerlifting…..SHE DOES ONE OTHER THING AND ONE OTHER THING ONLY- BLACKBERRY!!!!!

    To win your contest and be sent to her home for a week courtesy of Blackberry would be like a gold medal to her….she rarely has the ability to much more than just train and exist.We are heading for England to the World Finals and have the USPF Nationals in Las Vegas the week prior….please check her out and consider her http://www.powermari.com her email is fitmari@yahoo.com….her Blackberry is her world.She sent me this link….Send her to see her parents,she earned it.

  • http://www.bradbloch429.com brad bloch

    I hope this makes sense…..Mari Asp is a multiple sport record holding athlete from Lillestrom Norway.She has set two world records in the past year and has been on 4 National Teams in Gymnastics, Fitness & Powerlifting…..SHE DOES ONE OTHER THING AND ONE OTHER THING ONLY- BLACKBERRY!!!!!

    To win your contest and be sent to her home for a week courtesy of Blackberry would be like a gold medal to her….she rarely has the ability to much more than just train and exist.We are heading for England to the World Finals and have the USPF Nationals in Las Vegas the week prior….please check her out and consider her http://www.powermari.com her email is fitmari@yahoo.com….her Blackberry is her world.She sent me this link….Send her to see her parents,she earned it.

  • Jose

    It loads fast enough on my 8120. I don’t like the fact that the landscape mode does not work. Also the convenience keys for some reason get disabled. Overall, I have used it quite well, and it does serve its purpose.

  • Jose

    It loads fast enough on my 8120. I don’t like the fact that the landscape mode does not work. Also the convenience keys for some reason get disabled. Overall, I have used it quite well, and it does serve its purpose.

  • Jose

    It loads fast enough on my 8120. I don’t like the fact that the landscape mode does not work. Also the convenience keys for some reason get disabled. Overall, I have used it quite well, and it does serve its purpose.

  • Jose

    It loads fast enough on my 8120. I don’t like the fact that the landscape mode does not work. Also the convenience keys for some reason get disabled. Overall, I have used it quite well, and it does serve its purpose.

  • andi

    i love opera mini on my BB!!!

  • andi

    i love opera mini on my BB!!!

  • Dave

    I like that it loads fast, and there are clearly things that I like more about it. It renders some pages better, and the way you zoom is nicer.

    However, the browser in OS 4.6 (Curve 8900) has some upgrades that make it better for some things, like its column view and the way it renders some sites.

    So, like my desktop browsers, I’ll keep both – and use both.

  • Dave

    I like that it loads fast, and there are clearly things that I like more about it. It renders some pages better, and the way you zoom is nicer.

    However, the browser in OS 4.6 (Curve 8900) has some upgrades that make it better for some things, like its column view and the way it renders some sites.

    So, like my desktop browsers, I’ll keep both – and use both.

  • danielle

    It’s nice. Prefer it to the standard bb internet interface