Difference between Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5
By Dag Olav Noremdagolav. Thursday, December 3, 2009 12:08:06 PM
We get quite a few questions about the difference between Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5. This post will attempt to clarify.
NB! Unless you have a Windows Mobile, Symbian/S60 or Android phone, Opera Mobile is not available for you to download to your phone. Enjoy Opera Mini!
First, here is what they have in common:
- Both are based on the same core technology, the Opera Presto browser engine (just like Opera for desktop).
- Both use the same cross-platform user interface, providing similar features and browsing experience.
And the difference:
- In Opera Mini, the Opera Presto browser engine is located on a server. In Opera Mobile, it is installed on your phone.
When you enter a Web address in Opera Mobile, the Web page is fetched directly from the Web server to your phone. However, the Opera Mini client sends a request to the Opera Mini server, which downloads the page from the Internet. The server then transcodes the page before it is forwarded to the client in a lightweight mark-up language designed specifically for this purpose.
The advantage is that the Opera Mini client can be much smaller and work on more basic phones than the full Opera Mobile browser.
On the other hand, Opera Mini depends on a server while Opera Mobile does not. (Opera Turbo is an optional service for Opera Mobile that compresses Web pages and makes it cheaper to browse, but it is not required).
In practical terms, here is what that means for you:
- Opera Mobile will render Web pages just like a desktop browser. In Opera Mini, there may be slight differences, and very complex Web pages may not work optimally.
- Opera Mini will generally be faster. It downloads less content and requires less CPU to render pages.
- Opera Mini works on almost any phone. Opera Mobile is only available for Windows Mobile, Symbian/S60 and Android phones.
Which product is best for you depends on your personal preferences and the sites you browse. Many advanced users will have both browsers installed and alternate depending on the situation. For example, they will use Opera Mobile when on Wi-Fi, Opera Mini when on a cellular network.
Another reason why Opera Software has both products in the portfolio is that many of our operator and handset manufacturer customers have very specific requirements. The differences between the products may be extremely important to them. For example, Opera Mobile is generally preferred by handset manufacturers for preinstallation on mobile phones.