If you browse the web on your phone then listen up. Opera has updated both its Mini and Mobile offerings to provide a faster, fuller and even cheaper mobile internet experience. Both Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 are available to download for free and having seen it for ourselves we were taken with the smoothness in scrolling, panning and zooming webpages, especially when compared to more native browsers. Opera has also introduced the pinch-to-zoom method, so as long as your mobile device has a capacitive touch-screen you'll be able to target in on specific text or picture by dragging your finger and thumb together. Find something interesting on the web and you'll be able to share it with friends, family and colleagues via various social networks such as Twitter and Facebook by simply pressing the virtual 'share' button. Both Opera browsers have also been optimised for tablets, and by signing in with My Opera you can seamlessly continue your browsing experience from the exact point you left off from one device, say your mobile to your tablet or PC.
Whether you opt for Opera Mini or Opera Mobile may come down to whether you are on prepay or not. Opera Mini condenses webpages down to a tenth of their original size meaning that not only will the pages arrive faster, but the amount of data needed will also be vastly reduced thus saving you a few pennies. Opera Mobile on the other hand provides a much fuller browsing experience, supporting HTML5 just as your desktop computer does, so it's a great option to those with unlimited Internet data plans or smartphones that are Wi-Fi enabled.
Other key features of both Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11is the ability to save pages so you can read them offline, useful say when you're on the tube or plane, as well as being able to load additional pages in the background while you browse your original webpage.
The Opera Mini 6 browser brings the fireworks to J2ME, Android, BlackBerry and Symbian/S60 phones, while the Opera Mobile 11 browser sings is available on the Android, Symbian, Windows Phone 7 and MeeGo platforms. To download either browser, visit m.opera.com on your mobile device.