Opera Mobile 10 Beta for Windows Mobile vs. iPhone 3G Safari -- Browser Battle

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Our good friend Phil over at sibling site WMExperts got his geeky hands on Opera Mobile 10 beta for Windows Mobile and did what any self-respecting editor would do -- took it one on one with the great one -- Safari. Well, technically Safari running on last year's slower hardware, the iPhone 3G (as opposed to the much faster iPhone 3GS), but it's not a final build of. The results?

Opera Mobile 10 beta isn't quite as good as Safari on iPhone 3G, but it's getting there. Again, not iPhone 3GS, but not a final build of

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Macboy74 says:

With what iphone os has to offer,android and maybe web os. Do ppl still use windows mobile????

Dwayne says:

If it still isn't better than Safari on the iPhone 3G then what is the point?

I didn't say it. says:

I agree macboy15, both iphone and android OS are gaining traction. I don't see windows mobile having a future. Come on Microsoft, make that Zune Mobile. We need the competition, or else prices will go up. haha Anyways, cool video link CJ, watched the whole vid.

frog says:

In my experience the 3GS is noticeably quicker than the 3G! So Opera is a few years behind.

Joe McG says:

That was a lame comparison. The tilt 2 is soooo laggy, I'm sure the hardware is the limiting factor. Why didn't he just load the software on a TI calculator? Plus the 3g is really slow compared to the 3gs. Way to compare obsolete devices.
Load that on the HD2, then come talk to me.

Stephen says:

Windows Mobile is doomed, so who cares!

OP says:

Safari on iPhone has been the best mobile web experience I've ever had.

Jeff says:

I agree, safari is the only reason a life long pc user bought like myself bought a iPhone. I am rarely home and love being able to see most things on the Internet with something that fits in my pocket. Steve jobs must have made a deal with the devil because no one else can figure out the mobile browser like his team at apple.

joeblow84 says:

What's the point? Let's re-invent the wheel.

iDavey says:

I still would choose Skyfire over ANY mobile browser any day. It just works...and works wonderfully.

OperaFanBoy says:

I love the opera browser on PC, but it looks like opera mobile looks harder to use than mobile safari. I'm a PC user and have an iPhone.

Black Letter says:

Yo Rene, this has nothing to do with the article, but I was just checking out the mobile version of the site on the iPhone and was wondering why you guys don't use Mobify? As good as the mobile version is right now, Mobify would make it so much better?

Black Letter says:

^My bad, that last sentence isn't a question. Disregard the question mark.


Everybody eat one. With sauce.

Joseph says:

I would use Opera on my Nokia e-61i and it was just ok. Safari on my iPhone is just a better experience.
Wow! A post without japan bashing. Joe! You alright?

iPhone Applications Developer says:

iPhone getting marketing especially after the launch of iPhone 3Gs.

JarjarT says:

Anyone who has had the misfortune of trying a windows powered mobile/PDA knows why iPhone is a winner. OK iPhones are far from perfect, but you can be a 'technofobe' and still get on with it. Windows is the most awful, clunkiest, unintuitive piece of software, why do you think Android has made such a success in paralell with iPhone ??