Many TamsPalm readers enjoy Opera Mini. I recently found a thread over at 1src’s announcing that Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm handhelds – I tried, it works, and here is my “Opera Mini 2 review”:

Opera Mini is not a regular kind of browser that downloads full HTML files to the handheld – instead, a co-called proxy is connected inbetween the web site and the handheld. This proxy “reduces” the size of the pages so that less data needs to be transferred onto the handheld. However, most of the formatting gets lost. Here are a few commented screenshots:

Pages designed for mobile use(I used Eugenia’s Mobile digg here) look very similar in Opera Mini 2 and Web Pro 3.5:
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3

Binary Clock 3.0′s web site contains tabs – neither Opera Mini 2 nor Web Pro 3.5 can manage that:
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3

Tables get “eliminated”, sort of like Plucker does:
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3

Google AdSense works well – Web Pro does not manage it:
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3

Opera Mini 2 was not excessively stable on my Palm Tungsten T3. I had to set Memory to 8MB and the Thread Cache to 32kb to make it show web sites as whole, and nevertheless experienced a few “freezeups”, some UI quirks and an outright “Java crash”:
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3

The web browser can be downloaded for free here; you need to have Java installed to get it running.

Overall, Opera Mini 2 worked ok on my Palm Tungsten T3. The browser obviously is different from Web Pro and Blazer, as it doesnt even attempt to recreate the original page layout – this reduces data transfer volume and makes browsing hell fast(almost as fast as on my desktop). 5way control works really well too – no need to use the stylus when surfing! If you are on a GPRS contract, look at this free browser – it could save you money!
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5 Responses to “Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3”

  1. If this thing can run stable, might be a good alternative to the other browsers for Palm OS.

    I generally find them awfully unstable, a reason I NEVER got used to browsing on Palm OS. It’s ironic that a Palm can NEVER finish loading PalmAddict, the de facto website for Palm fans ;)

    The Nokia E61 however, does so flawlessly ;)

  2. Hi Bernie,
    you hit the bull’s eye – the thingy isn’t too stable on my otherwise rather stable Palm Tungsten T3. Freezeups happen about every 5 to ten minutes, requiring a soft reset of the machine.

    Nevertheless, should I get a data plan for my Treo, this will be the browser of choice. Data is waaay to expensive in austria…

    Best regards
    Tam Hanna

  3. The only thing I can recommend is USING OPERA 1.x!

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