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Opera Mini 4.2 Review – new features, criticisms and free web work around

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Internet data consumption through mobile devices is growing at an incredible rate globally. BlackBerry devices and smartphones in general are at the forefront of this growth, and consumers are constantly on the hunt for the perfect browser. Opera Mini is a leading 3rd party mobile browser and I’ve taken the time to put together a review of the browser, as well as include a tip on how to use Opera Mini to get Internet access, without purchasing an Internet data plan.
Continue reading the full Opera Mini Review

Announcement: Winners of the BlackBerry Cool Opera Mini Contest

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Grand Prize: The winner of the Grand Prize goes to Alex Lombardi. Alex’s review of Opera Mini will be tomorrow morning for everyone to read. The winning review was a close call between Alex, @coffeedaze and a review submitted by Dennis from WAPreview.com.

The Grand Prize is a 7-day all-inclusive trip to Scandinavia this summer. Congratulations Alex!

Dennis is in a tough situation for prizes because he’s using an iDen 7100, and therefore none of our cases and accessories really apply. If anyone wants to trade a CDMA Curve for an 8350i, we can make this happen. We’re giving him:

  • $100 for the BlackBerry Cool Store
  • Duracell PowerSource Mini
  • Freedom Keyboard
  • We’re giving @coffeedaze

  • $100 for the BlackBerry Cool Store
  • A Mobile Portable Power solution
  • X-Mini Speaker system
  • We’re also giving away:

  • BodyGuardz scratch protectors for the Curve 900 and Bold.
  • Otterbox cases for the Bold and 8900.
  • So if you entered and have a Bold or Curve 900, leave a comment with the same username/email.

    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.

    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.
    Click through to read how to enter and win from a long list of prizes including this amazing trip

    Americans and BlackBerry devices dominate mobile web browsing

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    Opera has a regular research paper called State of the Mobile Web, and today they’ve published the most recent update. In addition to the top global trends and country snapshots, the report highlights trends in Africa and aggregate operator data for the top 10 countries.

    The two biggest findings in this report show that Americans consume the most data intensive web pages, with BlackBerry devices being the choice platform for power users.

    Global trends for Opera found in the report include:

    • In April 2009, Opera Mini had over 23.4 million users, up more than 140% compared to April 2008.
    • Opera Mini users viewed nearly 8.7 billion pages in April 2009. Since April 2008, page views have increased 249%.
    • Last month, Opera Mini users generated more than 151 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed up to 1.4 PB of data in April. Over the previous year, data traffic is up 295%.
    • Opera Mini usage in Nigeria continues to surge, pushing past Poland and taking the #9 spot.

    Click through to see an interesting breakdown of mobile web research from Opera

    Opera Mini 4.2 beta for BlackBerry now available

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    Opera has released a new version of their popular (read: free!) web browser for BlackBerry. Opera Mini 4.2 features new skins, performance tweaks, increased video capability and notes syncing. Here’s what the folks at Opera had to say about the increase in performance:

    Opera Mini 4.2 can use our newly established server park in the US. This means significantly faster page downloads for our users in the Americas and Asia-Pacific region. Users in the rest of the world will also experience faster page downloads since we’ve reduced the load on our other servers.

    Head to mini.opera.com/beta with your BlackBerry browser for an OTA install of Opera Mini 4.2 or Opera’s website for a desktop download.

    |via BBNews|