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.

41 Responses to “The ulimate BlackBerry Cool contest - all inclusive trip to Norway and more”


  1. 1 Chris

    Opera Mini has a simple interface loads pages fast it is easy to get around.
    the app does a good job as well loading none Mobile formatted websites.

    Get Bowers for sure.

  2. 2 DavidB

    I love the rendering of “full” web sites!

  3. 3 Gagan

    I like the new Opera Mini browser. It allows me to access my bank account, a first on mobile browsers that I have used till now. Also, the zoom feature of the browser is better than the Blackberry browser I use now.

  4. 4 James L

    Love Opera Mini!

    I like the zoom function better than the default browser as well as the the html rendering and speed.

  5. 5 Daniel

    Cons: Didn’t like the appearance in full web pages. Unless you know the page you are at you won’t know where to start searching for a specific part of it.

    Pro: I enjoy the “speed dial” like option for bookmarks, easy browsing through frequently used websites.

  6. 6 WilliamB

    Opera Mini often provides what other mobile browsers do not, a rich and full website. However, this comes with sometimes slower loading times which detract from the experience. A better home screen would more easily facilitate navigation.

  7. 7 chris KB

    Lovin’ it!

  8. 8 diffused

    When I cannot conduct business on pages of other browsers, Opera Mini will render the page appropriately. It’s speedy on my BB 8330, with not lag time. I also like the fact that I can organize my bookmarks. I dislike the fact that I cannot copy/paste an address.

  9. 9 Gregg Smith

    I like how fast it is but im not a fan of the cacheing technology they use to make it work.

  10. 10 Taterbug

    Opera Mini is one of the handiest tools to view web sites ever. I prefer it over all the rest for sure.

  11. 11 AK

    Well…

    I used to favor Opera over the BB Browser when i was using my old 8703. Not sure if i had many reasons for that, but i think one of them that i my BB lacked a trackball then. Using the 8900 now, i prefer the BB browser…and here’s why:

    - I prefer the “mouse” on the BB Browser compared to the auto link selection on Opera. Gives me more flexibility.
    - i dont like the fact that when i’m typing something in a text field, e.g. username and password, i have “enter” the text field, type, and save. Why not just be able to type right away like on the BB Browser?
    - when trying to render a video clip, from youtube for example, Opera takes “re-directs” me to the BB Browser, and then loads my video on the media player.
    - i do like how Opera renders non-mobile sites and makes it easy to read through.
    - Dont like the fact that Opera doesnt ask me if i want to Save my changes after changing my settings and hitting the “back” button.
    - seems to load pages faster compared to the BB Broswer that spends quite a bit “Requesting”…and also like the fact that it shows me the number of items its loading.

    A few comments off the top of my head…
    Cheers…

  12. 12 PaulV

    Storm works well. Few things to adjust to. Very snappy. Cant say i like better or worse but for looking something up fast this will prob be the method

  13. 13 tom esposito

    I don’t like the feeds functionality. I’d prefer that it work more lke a true rss reader. It seems more like an after thought
    .

  14. 14 Johnny Cheng

    I like the the speed of browsing in Opera compared to the standard browser my Bold has.

    Dislike: The fact we cannot copy and paste. Unable to see flash. Unable to view moving pictures. Unable to see embedded videos.

  15. 15 christian hernandez

    i dont like that you cant type letters in opera mini and the pages dont render really well but other than that its perfect

  16. 16 cristobal

    The keyboard zoom in/out and page up/down is great. So much so that I think i’d like to see those features in google maps. But the connection seems more flakey for me.

  17. 17 Corey Davis

    Opera has always been a great mobile browser. Many times I have used it when I can’t get the Blackberry Browser to accomplish certain tasks, i.e. ebay payments (paypal mobile is horrible!)

    I also like the speed dial function. However I have also found Bolt Browser. Lately, I’ve been drawn more to Bolt. With Bolt I have full control of my trackball and can go in any direction or to any field. With Opera, I seem to jump from box to box or link to link. Just a minor annoyance for me. Bolt and Blackberry Browswers also allow copy and paste.

    I’m also use to being able to hit the back button on my 8130 and having it ask to save any changes I might have made preferences wise. Opera makes you hit the menu key then select save..it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I tend to have to repeat steps a few times because I forget Opera’s extra steps.

    Needs a few upgrades and it will be a great browser!

  18. 18 Ike Bee

    Just d-loaded Opera on my Curve and hope it works as good as it did on my old 7130e. Gonna cross my fingers AND toes so, wish me luck!

  19. 19 Dritzen

    I really like Opera Sync and syncing between my desktop and my blackberry

    I love speed dial. I don’t know how I ever lived without it, especially on my phone.

    I wish there was a way to force my blackberry to use Opera mini instead of the blackberry browser but that’s not Opera’s fault.

  20. 20 Adam Beneke

    I’ve had Opera 4.2 since it was available and enjoy using it primarily when I find a webpage that doesn’t look nice in the BB onboard browser. If there was a way to integrate Opera as the default then I would be using it more often. Plus full flash player support would be great too, although I know its just wishful thinking. Anyways, I do enjoy it and will continue to use it whenever I feel necessary. Thank you for the contest!

  21. 21 psycada

    Speed dial option is great. No more backing out to the bookmarks page.

  22. 22 ksloh

    Oucch, I am not eligible to win the prizes, but I still want to comment :) Thanks for all the good work, keep it up :)

    BlackberryCool rocks!

    Cheers

  23. 23 John p

    Love everything about Opera! Pick me to go to oslo!

  24. 24 Chaim

    me wanna

  25. 25 Danny

    I have to admit I use the native BlackBerry browser first. If it doesn’t render the page properly I go to Opera which does a much better job. The page up/down right/left is great too. A handy tool to have around!

  26. 26 Matt

    The one thing that I do not like about the Opera Mini browser on my Storm…or any BlackBerry for that matter is the picture limitation! It only loads so many pictures on one page. If it wasn’t for that, I would LOVE Opera Mini!

  27. 27 wolf

    I got opera 10.0 on my laptop and opera mini on my storm . fastest in town , all my customers are digging it and making the switch . thanks for providing me with the latest , most “hip ” browser around . Lycan Tattoo

  28. 28 Kiril

    It saves my life and works like a charm on my BB Storm.

  29. 29 Dennis W.

    What I like is the zoomfunctionality…from general overview to detailed.

    Downside in my opinion is the performance…it takes up quite some performance on my 8820 BB. And there is nog flash support :(

  30. 30 Nick T

    Nothing wrong with Opera Mini. Great alt to blackberry browser!

  31. 31 Chris Clark

    I have used Opera Mini briefly, and my only real complaint is when i touch a text field on my Storm, the keyboard does not come up automatically.

  32. 32 Binh Truong

    * What I like Opera Mini on Bold:
    - Before I use Opera because I love Opera for Desktop
    - I like zoom feature in Opera Mini
    - Speed to load page s very good
    - Support Unicode
    - I like sync bookmark, speed dial with Opera Desktop the best
    * What I dislike Opera Mini on Bold:
    - At address bar, link or website can not contain “Space”, I think Opera should support pressing Space key as “Dot” in address bar instead of pressing “Alt+M”.
    - It’s hard to move screen page by screen page. Move from top to bottom works fine. Should support more scroll screen page by screen page
    - Do not support Flash.

  33. 33 yeeliberto

    I really love opera mini that it loads very fast pages and it’s very intuitive plus opera link.

    what I dislike about it is that I cannot use it in a proxy server nor javascript option. Flash I don’t care that much.

  34. 34 Sharon

    I just downloaded Opera so I am still a new user, but I already really like the quick navigation (2,4,6,8). Nice. Trying to scroll through really long web pages with that little “pearl” is a real pain. It’s really hard to get the sensitivity set just right so I love the warp speed scrolling with the ‘8′ key.

  35. 35 gabe

    I like the opera browser on my blackberry storm because it does things that the standard browser doesn’t like: load webpages, actually be able to surf the net, not have to wait 5 minutes to render one page, use java (not have to disable it).

  36. 36 Leo

    I like that opera loads pages faster than the blackberry, firefox and IE browser, still no support for flash.

  37. 37 joe bavone

    Opera Mini offers flexibility that isn’t found in the BB browser.

    I can opt to view the mobile version of most pages or, with a simple click on the menu, the full version. Navigation around full version pages is simple and very intuitive thanks to the mouse cursor; I no longer have to scroll through an entire unending screen to find what I’m looking for (or just merely jump from link to link, missing entire sections of data in between, as frequently happens on the BB Browser.)

    Opera Mini also allows me access to sites and functionality that was missing in the BB Browser, freeing me up to do such mundane (but necessary) tasks as online banking.

    Opera Sync has been a tremendous time-saver since I can get to all my favorites on the Blackberry without having to retype the addresses on the tiny keyboard. I appreciate that when I am typing something into a text field on Opera Mini it opens up a separate screen rather than forcing me to type into a small text box on the original page; many have been the times on BB Browser that I’ve accidentally tabbed out of the field while typing in a password and hit a link, sending me away from the page with an anguished scream.

    On top of all this, Opera Mini is fast, downloading pages in fractions of the time it takes the BB Browser. It provides a more complete, enjoyable browsing experience than I ever thought possible from my Blackberry.

  38. 38 deVil

    Opera (mini or not) awesome!
    It’s free n easy 2 operate… (thats why i like this haha)

    Opera mini + touchscreen = more than u ever imagine!

    Quote of ur life : Just surfing

  39. 39 Cindi R

    I love Opera! It is so easy to use on my Blackberry 8330 - makes browsing quick and effective…

  40. 40 murphythadog

    Opera Mini
    The Good
    - It scrolls through web pages nicely.
    - Loads images fairly quickly
    The Bad
    -When I highlight a box to input text the keyboard doesn’t automatically
    - Entering in text on the browser for the 9530 is awkward, it sometimes has problems with going to the next letter. it overwrites the previous letter.
    The Ugly
    -Took a bit to get installed. Had to set my browser to Blackberry in a couple of places. Then cleared my memory. Then it finally installed.

  41. 41 Jon

    I love the rendering of pages just like on the desktop, but the touch screen link follow through is hard to master consistently, why can’t it just use the screen click like on the Storm Browser?

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