Opera mobile(Nokia s60 version) final review.

Memory Usage

I also used energy profiler to check for memory consumption, the one biggest problem of opera mobile on a whole.
Note: all web pages were loaded ontop of each other i.e. They were all loaded when the screenshot was taken.

key:

innitial stage(with ucweb as benchmark loaded)

opera loaded

facebook lite

youtube(flashless)

facebook full

BBC website

The graph gives a fair idea of how much ram is used per page on startup, NOT what it will be like after using multiple pages. Closing a tab does not relieve all the memory held up by the browser and so your memory will run very low after extended heavy usage.

Verdict and comparison

Opera Mobile is a modern, fully featured browser that supports most major web contents and protocols. It is one of the best of it’s class and outperforms the built in browser in everyway except for the lack of flash. Opera Mini is probably it’s biggest rival with server side compression that reduces the size of pages by as much as 90%. Opera Mini’s main shortcoming though is the lack of advanced JavaScript and Ajax support, and this is where opera mobile excels.
UCWEB is another rival browser, one of the most popular browsers in the Symbian world that also features server side compression(mind you through china) and a fantastic download manager. UCWEB though also lacks JavaScript support, and only offers rudimentary ‘flash’ support. Other minor browsers such as Teashark and Bolt have some way to go before they can even catch up with Opera Mini. With that said, if you are looking for a full web experience (minus flash) on your symbian phone opera mobile 10 is the way to go.

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2 thoughts on “Opera mobile(Nokia s60 version) final review.

    user

    (August 4, 2010 - 9:27 pm)

    “opera 10 is the first Symbian version of opera mobile to support flash and flashlite plug-ins”

    then….

    “Opera Mobile is a modern, fully featured browser that supports most major web contents and protocols. It is one of the best of it’s class and outperforms the built in browser in everyway except for the lack of flash.”

    ummmm…am I missing something or is that a flat out contradiction?

    Horace

    (August 4, 2010 - 9:38 pm)

    No there isnt a contradiction, if anything I should have explained it a bit more. The browser itself does support the plugin for flash but nokia does not allow it to access the flashite plugin that is shipped with their phones, thus flash does not work.

    I think the issue itself was a big sour point between nokia and opera when opera mobile 9.x went live, which contributed to it not being made available for nokia symbian phones.

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